Michelle Williams channels Marilyn Monroe in new film

Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:20am EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michelle Williams eschewed the chair and sat on the floor of the private dining lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, sipping a cup of tea.

"Much more comfortable," she said, crossing her legs and unwrapping a granola bar.

The night before, Williams, 31, had flown into Los Angeles for 48 hours from shooting "Oz: The Great and Powerful" playing Glinda the good witch.

At that moment, however, Williams was out of that head space and focusing on another enchanting woman who weaved her magic on American cinema: Marilyn Monroe.

Williams stars as the iconic starlet in the indie film "My Week with Marilyn," based on Colin Clark's book of the same name and opening in U.S. theaters on November 23.

It chronicles the author's experience of spending a week with Monroe in 1956 while she was in England shooting the romantic comedy "The Prince and the Showgirl" opposite Sir Laurence Olivier.

"This isn't the Marilyn Monroe story, so the movie is not a tragedy," Williams said. "It's a movie that Marilyn Monroe happens to be a character in."

It's also the type of movie that may resonate with Oscar voters. Williams has been Oscar-nominated twice, as best supporting actress for "Brokeback Mountain" and best actress for 2010 drama "Blue Valentine."   Continued...