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Birthday: September 9, 1980
Hometown: Kalispell, Montana

How You Know Her: Michelle entered the Hollywood vocabulary with her performance as the minxish Jen Lindley in the high school drama Dawson's Creek. She didn't wait till her life was over to move on to bigger and better things, first with a supporting role in The Station Agent and then as special guest referee in the tongue-wrestling match between Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain. This week, she returns to the silver screen in Martin Scorsese's latest masterpiece, Shutter Island, as the slain wife of a U.S. marshal investigating the local insane asylum.

Split Personality: "I was sixteen when I started Dawson's Creek, and our identities—mine and my character's—got a bit confused. She was sexy and pretty, but there was something bad about it. I had some idea in my head that beauty was a minor quality, that beauty wasn't as worthwhile. So I never wanted to play those parts; I wanted to play the opposite." —Vogue

See more photos of Michelle in her Girls of Maxim gallery. Or, head over to Creek co-star Monica Keena's gallery. Also, make sure to check out the other Maxim-approved 2010 movies.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams