Michelle is ranked #94 in the "100 Hottest Blondes of AIM.
Michelle met ex fiance Heath Ledger while making the movie Brokeback Mountain. They had a daughter, Matilda, together. Heath tragically died in January 2008, leaving Matilda fatherless.
Michelle and Heath Ledger split in September 2007 after three years together.
Michelle was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, in May 2007.
Michelle's father, Larry, was arrested in Sydney for tax evasion in June 2006. He is currently set to be extradited to the US to face the charges. He has been accused of creating false documents and using multiple bank accounts to hid $AU3.7 million earned from book sales and lectures.
Michelle used to date Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes. Some of their songs are about her.
Michelle was Jane Magazine's "Girl of the Month" in December 2005.
Michelle gave birth to a baby girl, Matilda, on October 28th, 2005 in Brooklyn, New York.
Michelle once lived with Heath Ledger in Sydney, Australia.
Michelle is the only member of the four original cast members of Dawson's Creek (James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, and Joshua Jackson) who has not hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live.
Michelle is 5' 4" tall (1.63 m).
Michelle once starred in a stage production joined by her whole family - father, mother, and sister.
Michelle was turned down for a part on Northern Exposure.
Michelle had vocal training for singing when she first began acting and has performed in several musical stage productions.
Michelle does not like her middle name, which is the same as her mother's.
Michelle wore braces when she was little.
Michelle's first pet was a terrier named Terry.
Michelle has one younger sister, Paige, and three older half siblings from her father's first marriage - Jason, Kelley and Sara.
Michelle was roommates with Christina Ricci whilst filming Prozac Nation with her.
Michelle wrote a script called "Don't Blink" which was sold, but never made.
Michelle attended Santa Fe Christian High School.
Michelle legally emancipated from her parents at the age of 15.
Michelle loves reading in her spare time.
In 1999, Michelle was chosen as one of Teen People Magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21."
Michelle: (still grieving twelve months after Heath Ledger's death) I just wake up each day in a slightly different place. Grief is like a moving river, so that's what I mean by it's always changing. It's a strange thing to say because I'm at heart an optimistic person, but I would say in some ways it just gets worse. It's just that the more time that passes, the more you miss someone.
Michelle: (following the death of her ex-fiancé and father of her child, Matilda) All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day. His family and I watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals and takes steps two at a time, and we know that he is with us still. She will be brought up with the best memories of him.
Michelle: There was a sense of being taken on a journey by the grandmaster of the road trip. You feel this weird angel taking you somewhere. You don't know where, but you trust him.
Michelle: The possibilities are endless for me - Broadway, TV, music and film.
Michelle: I was born with a fierce need for independence.
Michelle: Diamonds are a girl's best friend.
Michelle: I can't watch myself [in movies]. I used to think I was cool. Now, my standpoint is that I can't be fair. So I can't pass any judgment.
Michelle: It's very, very difficult to get out of the house these days. It takes me ages to get ready, ages to make sure Matilda has everything she needs.