Michelle Williams Covers Elle UK, Talks Playing Marilyn Monroe

In the past month, Michelle Williams has been crazy-promoting My Week With Marilyn, looking like a total ’50s bombshell the entire time. While dressing up like eternal sex symbol Marilyn Monroe provides ample enough eye candy, it’s nice to see her looking super-gorgeous as her. Michelle’s on the cover of the December issue of Elle UK and, though she mainly discusses playing Marilyn, she’s also sporting her pixie cut and still looks great!

Michelle Williams Elle cover

On speaking to Marilyn’s ghost: While we were filming, something came out in the National Enquirer that a psychic had spoken to her and that she approved of what we were doing and she thought I was doing a really good job. So maybe she likes it!

On mastering Marilyn’s voice: I studied tapes. There’s really nothing that exists of her, that I could find anyway, that exists of her having a conversation with a friend…So there wasn’t a template that existed for her everyday vocal pattern, so at a certain point you have to make it imaginatively.


On parallels to Marilyn’s life: There were so many connections and parallels for me in making this film. I was 30 when making the movie, the same age Marilyn was when she filmed The Prince and the Showgirl, the picture our film is based around. We filmed in the same studio at Pinewood where that movie was made. I had the same dressing room Marilyn had used and we also shot at the same house, Parkside, where she had stayed during filming.

On wanting to learn about the “private Marilyn”: I had always been more interested in the private Marilyn, and the unguarded Marilyn. Even as a young girl, my primary concern wasn’t with this larger than life personality smiling back from the wall but with what was going on underneath.