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Interview: Michelle Williams of 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

'Even though this is such a grand movie, the details are still intact.'

By James Rocchi Mar 7, 2013 8:07PM

With her blond hair cut into a thoroughly modern short bob and easy laugh, Michelle Williams doesn't look like glinda the Good, the witch she plays in Sam Raimi's 'Oz the Great and Powerful" -- but, at the same time, the warmth the actress brings to every part and every interview is very much conveyed, through 3D and widescreen color, in her role. We spoke with Williams about playing an icon and the great and powerful level of design that made the film what it is.


MSN Movies: You've done great work in films like "Meek's Cutoff" and "Take This Waltz," movies that are of a very different nature and more specifically of a very different scale. When you step onto the Detroit sound stage and there are real yellow bricks and real throne rooms, how was that as an adjustment?


Michelle Williams: It was definitely unlike any movie that I've made before. (Laughs) But you know, something that really inspired me about it is how much attention to detail there was. And that's something that I've been lucky enough to witness really in all the movies that I've made is how much everyone cares. I remember a certain piece of production design in "Brokeback Mountain" that brought me to tears because I thought it was so heartfelt, and it was so small. And who would have really ever observed it? But the production designer felt compelled to do that. And so similarly I found it really moving in the Oz set, the attention to detail that people had. Even though this is such a grand movie, still the details are intact.


BING:Michelle Williams

When you're carrying a wand and wearing a gown, how easy is it to feel like all of your eight-year-old dreams have come true?


(Laughs) It's true. It's really true. Something that you couldn’t account for when you're eight years old is how uncomfortable high heels are -- how uncomfortable they really are. (Laughs)


Nobody wants to shatter that dream. Really briefly one final question, Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, Dorothy -- which are you?


Ai-yi-yi, that is hard.


You can say 'pass.'


Well let's see. One of them wanted to have a heart, one of them wanted to have a brain...


The Scarecrow.


One of them wanted to have courage.


The Lion, yes. And Dorothy just wanted to go home.


Well, in that aspect I'm definitely Dorothy. (Laughs) Not that I'm not enjoying our interaction.




I had said the Cowardly Lion before. That was the character that I most related to.


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