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Thursday 29 January 2015

Williams works for Marilyn role

Michelle Williams worked hard to get under the skin of Marilyn Monroe
Michelle Williams worked hard to get under the skin of Marilyn Monroe

Michelle Williams has admitted that she hasn't let go of Marilyn Monroe yet.

The two-time Oscar nominee went to considerable lengths to get all the details correct for her portrayal of the screen legend in My Week With Marilyn, reported The Playlist.

"It was a very, very slow process that all started with watching movies, listening to interviews, poring over books and it was something that started in my living room," she said at the New York Film Festival.

Michelle also had a team of voice coaches to help her get Marilyn's breathy voice right.

"I'm not a singer. I have not sang since I was 10 years old," she revealed.

"I was taught about breathing, about how to deliver emotion on the lines instead of just saying the words. So I had [my coach] and then I listened to [Marilyn]. She still comes up on my iPod all the time."

The 31-year-old tried to find the real Marilyn beneath the public persona.

"The first big discovery I landed on was that Marilyn Monroe was a character she played. The image you're most familiar with, there's a person underneath there," she explained.

"[Her persona] was carefully honed but it was artifice and it was honed to where you couldn't tell that it was artifice. It felt so real but it was something that she had studied and perfected and crafted."

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