Just like yesterday’s “crush,” Emma Watson, Michelle Williams has found success after leaving a popular franchise.

The sexy and sophisticated 32-year-old actress became a household name during her six-season stint on ‘Dawson’s Creek’ from 1998 to 2003. After the show ended,  Williams, who had a daughter with the late Heath Ledger. became something of a well-respected art house staple, earning critical acclaim for roles in films like ‘The Station Agent,’ ‘Wendy and Lucy,’ ‘Blue Valentine’ and ‘Brokeback Mountain.’

Williams recently played the most popular pinup in the world, Marilyn Monroe, in ‘My Week With Marilyn.’ She was nominated for a number of awards for her performance, as usual.

She’ll be seen next in 2013’s ‘Oz The Great and Powerful,’ directed by Sam Raimi and co-starring James Franco.

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