In her new film, Manchester By The Sea, Michelle plays a heartbroken mother trying to rebuild her life, which she admits was a tough character to take on.
“I couldn’t stop crying,” she told the magazine. “It’s like the darkest part of your heart, something happening to your child ... She’s making a brave choice, moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day. Because it is a choice. I would exit. It would be so much easier than living with the loss.”
Despite maintaining a successful career, Michelle says Matilda, who is now 11, is always her main focus and just trying to make sure she’s happy.
“I watched [Matilda] warm in the sun, in her swimsuit, get on her bicycle and smile and wave as she rode off to go meet her friends,” she said.
“I went back into the house and sobbed because of this incredibly simple moment ― common everyday happiness. I really felt like in that moment, like wow, we’ve done it. Not only are we OK, she’s happy. Life has brought us to a place that’s not just surviving, but thriving.”