From 'Dawson's Creek' to 'My Week With Marilyn', Michelle Williams has starred in a raft of successes. Learn more about the actress on her birthday, from her futures trading to time management skills.
1. Michelle knows how to make serious money
If she hadn't gone into acting, Michelle could have had a successful career in finance.
Her commodities trader dad Larry taught his daughter his skills, so by the age of 17 Michelle won the Robbins World Cup Championship of Futures Trading by turning $10,000 into $100,000. Wow. Zers.
2. Michelle slept on an egg crate
Michelle was legally emancipated from her parents at 15 so she could work adult hours, but it was a tough road looking after herself that young, and she admits she made some bad decisions.
She told GQ that she hadn't thought it through. Case in point: her mattress was an egg crate.
Other famous actresses of Michelle's era to go down the legal emancipation route for child labour law reasons include Drew Barrymore and Alicia Silverstone.
3. Michelle loves books
The actress is a poetry fan, telling the Daily Beast about her love of Mary Oliver and Frank O'Hara.
She has a collection of rare books and first editions, with a first edition of 'The Great Gatsby' being one of her most favourite possessions.
I wonder if it would have been a dream come true for Michelle to bag the role of Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 film adaptation, for which she reportedly auditioned.
4. Michelle's time management tips
As a working mother, Michelle has developed her metaphoric juggling skills to the nth degree.
She told People that she likes to multitask in the shower by also drinking coffee, brushing her teeth and drinking a smoothie to save time so that she doesn't have to sit down and eat breakfast.
5. Michelle's 'Dawson's Creek' co-star has a special role
We're not talking Katie 'Joey Potter' Holmes here, but rather Busy Philipps, who played Audrey in the cult teen TV show.
Michelle and Busy became BFFs so much so that Busy is godmother to Michelle's daughter with the late Heath Ledger, Matilda.