Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling's chemistry jumps right off the cover of October's W. The Blue Valentine costars met up for the shoot last month in Toronto, and the results are pretty spectacular. The pair spoke to a writer from the magazine about the process of creating their film, and he shared about giving himself a tattoo. Michelle, meanwhile, shared about her past on Dawson's Creek and her fondness for baking pies. Here's more:
- Michelle on their shoot: "We never rehearsed anything, and those were really dark days. We shot the beginning of our relationship first, and it was fun and alive. Then we did the sex scenes and it was . . . toxic. Ryan and I had stopped relating to each other as Ryan and Michelle. Those scenes took forever. I had a long drive from set to home each night, and I would roll down all the windows and turn up the music as loud as I could and hang my head out the window like a dog and scream. It was my escape."
- Ryan on ditching his Canadian accent: "As a kid I decided that a Canadian accent doesn't sound tough. I thought guys should sound like Marlon Brando. So now I have a phony accent that I can't shake, so it's not phony anymore. I'm going for the Madonna thing, the Lady Gaga thing — a phony accent that becomes your trademark."
- Michelle on what she'd do if she didn't act: "That's the problem: I profoundly don't know how to do anything else. Except . . . I could be a pie baker. I like to bake a blackberry pie. I am pretty proud of my pie skills. Pie could be my future."
- Ryan on tattoos: "I like when they look bad, but no one will do bad tattoos. So I did one myself. That's why it's bad. I'm waiting to get old — I think old guys with tattoos look good."
- Michelle on her appreciation for Dawson's Creek: "Dawson's probably saved my life. I did it for six and a half years, and it gave me financial security. A project like Blue Valentine took years to get off the ground, and I was able to stick with it. I first read the script when I was 21, 22, and it became my reason for being for the longest time."