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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Cassie on

@Reba-Her and Heath may have been broken up when he passed,but that doesn’t mean she didn’t lose an important person in her life whom she cared about and has a child with. They were together for years and had only been broken up for a few mnths when he died. I don’t know about you but if I were to lose my children’s father I would mourn everyday for him. I don’t think it’s about ‘drawing attention to herself’…I think she gave an honest an answer to a question she was asked.
AND that hair style looks awesome on her!! She’s beautiful:)

Guest on

Yes I am sure he was the one straight man on the face of this Earth that loves short hair…NOT!! She irritates me for some reason. Why don’t you grow your hair out for the one person that looks up to you and hates your short hair? She is actually still alive!!

Brooke on

Wow “Guest”! You irritate me for some reason.

heather on

i love it. i wish i could rock that look.

Charlie on

It’s cute, it’s sexy, it’s hip, it’s fun AND it makes women TALLER, lean looking and more fit (even if she’s not). Forget that weighted down, droopy girl look.

Amy on

I think she looks fantastic with this haircut, just like Emma Watson does. I only wish I could pull it off, but I don’t have the right face shape for it :(

Mary Anne on

Actually like her better with short hair!

Kristi on

She’s got that right! Most men hate hair like this… it’s too boyish for them, and most women. I prefer my long hair. I guess it fits her now that she’s had it for so long. Still though, even her child doesn’t like it. I think only cute and petite women look good with it.

Kristi on

Cassie, they had been broken up for awhile when Heath passed. They were engaged,but never married, and didn’t give a press release about the break up for some time. He was dating other women. I’m sure there was still a great amount of love there, but there always is when you have a child with someone. I do somewhat agree with “guest” above. If your baby prefers something, why not grow it out for her?

Eva on

I also that the same pixie cut and I love it and will probably never get rid of it, because it is perfect for me. A lot of men have a hard time getting used to it, but i get so many compliments and the love of my life noticed me because of the hair and the rest is history :)

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