Micheál Richardson — son of Liam Neeson and the late Natasha Richardson — is reminiscing about his mother ahead of the release of his first leading film role in a movie that co-stars his dad and shares parallels of their grieving over Natasha’s 2009 death.
Richardson, just 13 when the actress died after a ski accident, still hasn’t fully processed that she’s gone, telling Vanity Fair, “I think the pain was a little too overwhelming. I think the mind is very powerful, and subconsciously, or unconsciously, it can protect you. That’s what it did when she passed. I just pushed it aside and didn’t want to deal with it.”
Now 25, “I don’t, even still, think that I’ve fully comprehended it, and that seems to be a similar journey to a lot of people I’ve spoken to. Fifty-year-olds who lost their parents when they were 12, 13… One day they’re out gardening, and something comes over them and they just break down.”