In My Week with Marilyn (in theaters November 23), Michelle Williams, 31, channels Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe. The film follows her for a brief period in the summer of 1956 when she was in the U.K. filming The Prince and the Showgirl.
When Michelle won the role, there were many people who said she couldn't pull it off—that she wouldn't be able to accurately portray the blonde bombshell. Michelle Williams On Practicing Her Sexy Marilyn Monroe "Wiggle"
But, we love Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe. Here are three reasons why we think she's perfect for the role:
1. She's more confident than ever. When Michelle became Marilyn, she embodied an iconic sex symbol, which did its magic by making her more confident herself. She told Vogue in September, "I feel like something has changed for me, but it's a new change, so it's going to be hard for me to describe... Maybe it has something to do with turning 30. I don't feel as shy or nervous or self-conscious. I have more confidence that I can handle what life brings me." People got their hands on a new scene from the film, and Williams sure does make Marilyn's getaway car look sexy. It must be this new change!
2. The role taught her how to have fun again. Usually, an actor brings something new to a role, but it's great when the reverse happens. For Michelle, who lost her ex, Heath Ledger, in 2009, the experience taught her something she desperately needed to relearn. She told Vogue, "I think I'd forgotten somewhere along the line that work could be fun, and this is really fun." We're glad she had fun! Michelle Williams Confirms Straight Men Don't Like Short Hair
3. She understands Marilyn's struggle to find love. Williams pondered why she does so many broken relationship roles, explaining that they've "always seemed very mysterious, and therefore worth exploring. I'm single, so it's still kind of a mystery—a worthwhile mystery, one that I want to be on the scent of." The mystery she feels towards relationships certainly helped her embody Marilyn, someone who seemed to be searching for that kind of true love that's so rare.
We can't wait to see Michelle in the movie, and what else she sets her talent on!
If not Michelle, who would you have chosen to play Marilyn Monroe?
Photo Credit: Getty