Michelle Williams is getting ready to rock!
The Oscar-nominated actress confirms that she will play Janis Joplin in an upcoming biopic about the late music icon. It was reported last month that she was in talks for the project.
I chatted with Williams earlier today while she was promoting her new award season favorite Manchester By the Sea.
“I figure there’s one good day in the life of an actor, which is when you get the job,” she said when I asked if the Joplin film was happening. “Before you get the job, you’re like, ‘Come on! I’m begging. I’m dying for this. I gotta have it! Please, I’ll do anything. I promise…Take me! Take me!'”
She continued, “You get the job and you’re like, ‘I got it! I’m so excited! I can’t believe I have this opportunity. I can’t believe I’m going to get to do this.’ And then you start worrying the next day. I’m in the worrying-the-next-day phase.”
To see how excited she is, just watch the video above to see her reaction when I mention Joplin’s classic “Me and Bobby McGee.”
Janis, directed by Sean Durkin, is based on Love, Janis, a book by the singer’s sister Laura Joplin.
The rocker died in 1970 when she was just 27 from a heroin overdose.
In Manchester By the Sea, Williams plays a woman who faces her tragic past when her ex-husband (Casey Affleck) returns to their Boston-area hometown to take care of his nephew (Lucas Hedges) after his brother (Kyle Chandler) dies.
Williams’ Boston accent is spot-on.
She prepared by spending a lot of time in and around the Massachusetts capital.
“I talked to people, I went up to people,” Williams explained. “I overcame my natural shyness and said, ‘Hi, I’m working on a movie. Would you mind talking into a tape recorder for me?’ or ‘Hi, can we have a conversation so I can just listen to you? Hi, would you mind if I came over for breakfast in the morning, so I could meet your friend, who is a mother and has four children?'”
Manchester By the Sea is in theaters on Nov. 18.