Michelle Williams's Short Hair Is in 'Memorial of Somebody Who Really Loved It'

11/02/2011 at 12:00 PM ET

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She’s rocked her super-short hairstyle for a while now, and Michelle Williams says she’s not planning to lengthen her locks in the near future.

“What [daughter] Matilda would love is for her mum to grow out the cropped hair,” the actress tells Elle U.K. “Though that’s unlikely to happen any time soon.”

Though Matilda might not be happy with mom’s hair, Williams believes she’s “really grown into” her pixie cut. “I feel like myself with short hair,” she says. “And it’s been a really long time since I had long hair, five years.”

Williams reveals that her decision to go short was an intensely personal one, possibly in tribute to her former partner, Heath Ledger. “I cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair,” she says, “and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it.”

But Williams, who sports longer blonde hair in her upcoming film My Week With Marilyn, says the list of short-hair fans pretty much ends there. “The only people who like it are gay men and my girlfriends,” she admits. “Straight men across the board are not into this hair!”


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ms c on

also…to add…i have had so many guys (straight!) in my life that loved when my hair has been in a pixie. (they have great taste!)

artsmart on


Valerie on

Love her with that haircut! She looks beautiful and she stands out in the sea of long hair in the entertainment business. I have a pixie too and my husband likes it and even comments when it’s time for a trim!

anon on

Straight man checking in. I think she looks adorable.

Tina on

I had my hair short for years like hers, and I still have people tell me they loved it and to cut it again. One of many guys who told me they loved short hair said “There’s nothing sexier than the back of a woman’s neck.” So there ya go! Not all like it long! She’s adorable and would look great bald!

Brooke on

If a woman looks good with short hair, a guy will like it unless he has super sexist caveman mentality. I’ve had short hair for over a decade, and grown it out twice. Each time I cut it back to a pixie, everyone tells me how much better I look! It’s just me. I’m not myself with longer hair.

Reba on

She is trying to create buzz for herself by referring to Heath, but they had long been broken up before he passed. I am offended she continually makes reference to him, simply to draw attention to herself, when they were no longer together.

tarice on

Not true, all men love it on me! And ladies too!!
I have had my short hair for years and never got this many compliments when it was long!

Tara on

she carries it off!

barby on

I love her hair short, she’s so sweet….Still sooo sad about Heath and you can tell she misses him :(

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