Michelle Williams preparing to go on set in her role as Marilyn Monroe
Hands up who’s excited about seeing new film, My Week With Marilyn? We all are at Grazia – those who have been for a sneak preview have all come away suitably swooning at the sight of Eddie Redmayne as well as Michelle Williams’ amazing performance as Marilyn Monroe during the making of the film The Prince and the Showgirl back in the 1950’s – as the film is based on the real-life goings behind the scenes of the filming.
Another enchanting titbit of news from the set comes through today – from New York Times photographer Brigitte Lacombe, who went on an assignment to shoot Michelle earlier this year, on set of the film, on the last day of filming.
In Brigette’s words; ‘Michelle Williams and I agreed to meet at 6 a.m. at Pinewood Studios in London the day after the completion of principal photography on My Week With Marilyn We both knew that it was important to document the moment, a fragile and fleeting one, before an actress relinquishes a beloved character. So in her makeup trailer, Michelle went through the transformation one last time.’
The video on the NYT blog shows Michelle talking as Michelle but posing as Marilyn. She explained to Brigitte how Marilyn was obsessed with the camera, and needed pictures of herself to validate that she existed, and that she was beautiful 'because her first ever positive experience was of a reaction to her body' - in a swimsuit. She then stops talking altogether in order to concentrate on posing - including a tremulous lower lip, simulating Marilyn's fragility.
The photographer went on, ‘I was enchanted as I watched Michelle transform into Marilyn. We then moved to the dressing room that was Marilyn Monroe’s in 1957 while shooting The Prince and the Showgirl and took pictures and a video, silently, almost afraid to break the magic of the moment. Around 9 a.m. we parted and went back to our other lives, knowing that we had shared something extraordinary.’
By all accounts Michelle was completely immersed in the role, taking on all Marilyn’s quirks and insecurities herself. We can’t wait to see it!