It’s been a tough 3 years for Michelle Williams since the tragic death of ex lover Heath Ledger, father of her child and fellow Brokeback Mountain star, but now she’s back with a bang. We fell in love with her on the set of ‘Dawson’s Creek’ , cried our way through ‘Blue Valentine’ and now she’s set to make a big entrance as Marilyn Monroe in the forthcoming film ‘My Week With Marilyn’. Speaking to and posing exclusively for American Vogue this week, we see new side of Michelle.
The film focuses on the year 1957, when Monroe was starring in ‘The Princess And The Showgirl’ alongside Sir Laurence Olivier for a film by her own production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, and the time she spent being shown around London by British filmmaker Colin Clark.
On playing Marilyn, Michelle told Vogue : “It felt like being reborn. It felt like breaking my body and remaking it in her [Marilyn Monroe's] image, learning how she walked and talked and held her head. None of that existed in my physical memory, and I knew I needed as much time as possible to make it part of me”.
Michelle also spoke to Vogue about gaining weight to play Marilyn: ‘Unfortunately, it went right to my face,’ she said. ‘So at some point it became a question of, Do I want my face to look like Marilyn Monroe’s or my hips?
She also revealed that initially she did not want to play the role, after reading the script she found it too daunting and had consistently tried to talk herself out of it. But after much deliberation and focusing on growing up with pictures of Monroe on the wall, were so glad that she changed her mind.
‘I had one of her in a field of trees in Roxbury, Connecticut. She’s wearing a white dress and she’s barefoot and she’s got her arms spread and she’s laughing. There was just something about that image of her—so lovely and joyful and free. I’ve always thought of her as that woman-child, not an icon, which is probably why I let myself approach the role.’
And bearing an uncanny resemblance to one of the greatest female icons of all time, it’s great to see Michelle back in action and moving forwards, and were waiting with baited breath for the movie release later this year with an impressive list of co-stars including Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench. And in other good news, Jules B stocks an impressive list of Marilyn inspired items, look on for inspiration…