If there's one friendship we can't get enough of, it's the BFF situation between Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps. The two women have been supporting each other, hand-in-hand, through nerve-wracking red carpet events for years now. But the way the actors originally cemented their friendship wasn't so glamorous.
"Box wine," Philipps told ELLE.com at the Daily Front Row Fashion Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Having met as young actors on the Wilmington, North Carolina set of Dawson's Creek and working far away from friends and family, the women formed a rock solid bond. "From sharing cheap wine," Philipps said, "to Michelle's well-deserved fourth Oscar nomination, to all the personal work that we've put in to be the women that we are today. Because you just have to focus on what's really important in life, and that's your friends and your family, and the life that you build."
The reason the women are always a solid partnership at red carpet events is simple, Philips said. "For the most part, these awards shows, while they are fun, they're high pressure for the people who are nominated, and for those walking the red carpet. You know you're going to be torn asunder if people don't like your outfit or your dress. You're up for an award that you may or may not win. There are all these other factors at play. I think for her, and for me too, to have each other by our sides as we go through this process, and when she's been nominated, or on other red carpets that we've done together, or events, it's just great to have somebody that can be your touchstone for reality. Maybe I'm giving away a secret, but we always try right before we get to one of these red carpets to just look at each other and say, 'Don't forget how lucky we are. This is our life now.'"
Although she's fortunate in her friendships, like most of us, Philipps had to bust through some toxic ones, too. "In your early 20s, it was maybe acceptable to have a friend who was taking all of your time and energy, and exhausting you, and always a drama. When you're in your 30s or you're starting to have babies, you just can't put up with it anymore, and that's okay, because I think your priorities shift. So it's great if you can recognize that kind of earlier–what is tolerable for you, and what isn't."
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