By Kate Ward
December 22, 2010 at 10:40 PM EST
Zade Rosenthal / Sony Pictures Animation

During last night’s Nightline interview with Cynthia McFadden to promote Dec. 29’s Blue Valentine, Michelle Williams opened up about the death of ex-fiancé Heath Ledger, who passed away in New York nearly three years ago. “In a strange way, I miss that year,” said Williams, who coped with her loss by reading Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, “because all those possibilities that existed then are gone. It didn’t seem unlikely to me that he could walk through a door or could appear from behind a bush. It was a sad year of very magical thinking. And in some ways, I’m sad to be moving further and further  away from that.”

The chat, however, didn’t completely center on the tragedy. Blue Valentine co-star Ryan Gosling stopped by to discuss their project — and to dodge rumors that the duo were dating. “You are not an item?” McFadden asked. Answered Gosling: “Creatively, we are doing it.”

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