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Michelle Williams: Hollywood is "dangerous" for teens

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Michelle Williams escaped Lohan's fate

Michelle Williams says Hollywood is a "dangerous" place for teens and she is lucky to have escaped relatively unscathed.

Michelle Williams escaped Lohan's fate

Michelle Williams first hit the Hollywood scene at the young age of 16 and quickly landed a coveted role on the hit show Dawson's Creek, but the actress says she was lucky to have escaped with her sanity.

"I am lucky. I lived in Hollywood during my late teens and managed to escape with my sanity. But would I recommend it to any 18-year-old? No, I would not," the My Week with Marilyn actress told The Sun.

"I wish I had known I wasn't ready for it. I was with crazy friends going to clubs and chasing what we thought Hollywood was all about. I moved there at just 16 and found it a place with no boundaries. There were no limits, no rules and it was dangerous.

"I compare it to a bowling alley, with lanes and partitions. You have to work out the stuff you will do -- and stuff you won't. I veered crazily across the lanes but never ended up in the gutter," she said.

"It was weird and insidious. I never really knew who I was with, who I had been with and what was in my glass. I did not know what I was doing."

Basically, she narrowly avoided becoming Lindsay Lohan.

Now a 31-year-old living in New York with Matilda, her daughter with the late Heath Ledger, says she doesn't blame her parents for letting her go -- but she does wish she had gone to college.

"I don't blame my parents," she said. "They wanted what was best for me and I insisted that this is what I wanted. But I never got an education, which I wish I had at 18."

Michelle Williams is currently filming her role as Glinda in Oz: The Great and Powerful, due out in 2013.

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