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Michelle Williams Talks Becoming Marilyn Monroe, Pleasure of Sex Appeal, What’s on Her Bedside Table

Michelle Williams Talks Becoming Marilyn Monroe, Pleasure of Sex Appeal, What's on Her Bedside Table

Michelle Williams will debut as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn at the New York Film Festival on October 9, followed by a November 4 Weinstein Co. release. Vogue features the Oscar nominee in full Marilyn-mode, and discusses the actress’s transition from Williams to Monroe. “I’d fall asleep to movies of her. It was like when you were a kid and you’d put a book under your pillow hoping you’d get it by osmosis,” she tells Vogue. We admire the way Williams always speaks from a place of self-trust. On not defining herself by the lack of having a man in her life, she says: “I’m not lonely, and I think that has a lot to do with what’s on my bedside table rather than what’s in my bed.”

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As Marilyn, she recalls the attention she got on stage: “I do remember one moment of being all suited up as Marilyn and walking from my dressing room onto the soundstage practicing my wiggle,” Williams tells the magazine. “There were three or four men gathered around a truck, and I remember seeing that they were watching me come and feeling that they were watching me go–and for the very first time I glimpsed some idea of the pleasure I could take in that kind of attention; not their pleasure but my pleasure. And I thought, ‘Oh, maybe Marilyn felt that when she walked down the beach.'”

Up next for Williams? There’s TIFF entry Take This Waltz from Sarah Polley, and Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013). You can watch our interview with her here.

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