Now, she stars in Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn, playing the iconic ’50s actress Marilyn Monroe, a performance that’s likely to get Williams her third Oscar nomination, and who knows? Maybe this year she’ll actually win.
As the title suggests, the film covers a week in Marilyn’s life as she traveled to England to film The Prince and the Showgirl with actor/director Sir Laurence Olivier (played brilliantly by Kenneth Branagh). It’s based on the memoirs of Colin Clark (played by Eddie Redmayne) who was working on the movie as a gopher and ended up befriending the starlet after she reached a point where she wasn’t sure who she could trust anymore.
ComingSoon.net had a chance to sit down with Ms. Williams briefly while she was in New York promoting the movie and in the video interview below, she spoke about:
* Why she decided to do this Marilyn movie and how she purposely didn’t watch any other portrayals of the actress
* Whether she had ever done any sort of Marilyn impression before getting the role
* The different layers of the movie and similarities to the actors’ own lives
* Whether she grew to understand the actress by playing her
* If she liked Marilyn more or less after embodying the persona
* How she’s been mixing humor in with drama in recent movies
* Doing a big Oz-inspired fantasy epic with Sam Raimi