Marilyn Monroe still captures public imagination, almost 50 years after she died. The new movie My Week With Marilyn, out today, explores the starlet's life intimately, giving us a more detailed picture of her personality by looking through a smaller window of time. And we're giving away a $1,000 gift certificate to Tiffany & Co. and a bottle of Marilyn's favorite perfume, Chanel No. 5 to celebrate the movie. In it, Michelle Williams's performance aims to show audience members, who often have no contemporary memory of Marilyn, a different side of the troubled actress than the glamorous image that's survived. Marilyn herself also left us clues about her playful, seductive, but also lonely nature. Let's look back at some of Marilyn Monroe's most famous quotes on life and love to understand more.
Michelle Williams stars as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, but the icon isn't the only famous person being portrayed. The film depicts a week in Monroe's life while she filmed The Prince and the Showgirl, so other historical figures show up too, like Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier and Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh. Seeing Williams compared to Monroe is interesting, but what about the other actors? Check out this slideshow to see the stars of My Week With Marilyn side by side with the famous figures of another generation.
With My Week With Marilyn about to hit the theaters, we're in the mood for some Marilyn-inspired vintage eye candy. The new movie follows the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl and explores Marilyn's tumultuous relationship with one of her leading men, legend Sir Laurence Olivier. While many actors who starred alongside Marilyn raved about her tremendous vulnerability and ability as a comedienne, almost all said she was rather difficult to work with. Now let's learn a little bit more about the gorgeous gents who shared the big screen with Marilyn Monroe in some of her most memorable films.
Emma Watson walked the red carpet at the London premiere of My Week With Marilyn Sunday night. The English actress opened up about costar Michelle Williams and relating to Marilyn Monroe. Hear what she called "the best thing" she's done since wrapping up the Harry Potter franchise in PopSugar Rush.
"It's a love letter to the agony and ecstasy of celebrity," director Simon Curtis, pictured above, told me about his latest project, My Week With Marilyn. The film starring Michelle Williams is out on Nov. 23, and follows the icon on a 1956 trip to London, which doubled as a honeymoon with playwright Arthur Miller and a work trip to film The Prince and the Showgirl. The movie, based on two books, catches up with Marilyn after her husband leaves and she begins to befriend 23-year-old set assistant Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne).
My Week With Marilyn attempts to pull back layers of Marilyn the sex symbol to reveal a more authentic depiction of the private star — without turning her into a depressed or drudged-out caricature. I sat down with the filmmaker, and here's what Simon Curtis told me about Michelle's performance and what he learned about Marilyn Monroe.
TrèsSugar: Why did you want Michelle Williams to play Marilyn Monroe?
Simon Curtis: With Marilyn Monroe you have a certain, very limited number of people who are the right age, the right potential Marilyn Monroe looks. Michelle was way at the top of my list. Not only is she gifted and brilliant, she's incredibly hardworking and she wanted her performance to be as good as I did.
TS: You came in with high expectations. Did the performance exceed that?
SC: Yes, it does actually. You never know when you're making something, but she just amazed me on every single day. There's something about her fearlessness taking on the complexity of Marilyn, who I think a modern mental health professional would diagnose somewhere in the bipolar, borderline personality area. And certainly those wild mood swings — one of those beguiling things about Marilyn is that you never knew who was going to walk in the door, or who was going to walk out. And Michelle just went for it and presented this multifaceted character who's also incredible as Marilyn.
TS: What about those bookend song performances by Michelle? I had to do a double take for the final one because I couldn't quite tell if it was Michelle or Marilyn.
SC: We wanted to present in those songs the fantasy, the Marilyn people saw or remember, because so much of our film is this private, unexpected Marilyn.
TS: The movie is a window into her life rather than a biopic. By experiencing the details of her life, what do you think will surprise audiences about Marilyn?
SC: This is a very crucial time in Marilyn's life. In 1956, she came to London with such high hopes because she was going to work with the great Laurence Olivier, she had set up her own production company way ahead of her time, was in fact a producer of this film, and of course was married to the great Arthur Miller, who she thought was going to rescue her and give her some intellectual credibility. And the story of our film is how those things all went very quickly wrong.
TS: But there's a lot of humor in that dark story of things gone wrong. It sort of surprised me how feel-good it was in a way.
SC: I'm glad. It's a very nuanced film and there is a lot of darker stuff, but that's right. It's a love letter to filmmaking, the agony and ecstasy of filmmaking. I love it that the actors found so much humor, specifically Ken Branagh. We wanted it to have all of those qualities.
To find out why Simon Curtis thinks Marilyn is so relevant today, whether he used body doubles, and what he hopes audiences will come away with, just keep reading.
Emma Watson joined her My Week With Marilyn costar Eddie Redmayne on the red carpet last night for their London premiere. She took a break from studying at Oxford to head into the city for the big event, and was seen sharing an enthusiastic reunion with Eddie inside the Cineworld Haymarket theater. Emma was decked out in a Jason Wu top from his Spring 2012 collection, which she paired with Jimmy Choos and a Charlotte Olympia clutch. She plays an assistant in the movie, while Michelle Williams tackles the role of iconic Marilyn. However, Emma Watson related to Marilyn Monroe. She said yesterday evening, "I certainly feel a lot for her and for what she went through. . . . I think she was just trying to find her feet in the midst of this kind of crazy circus that went on around her, and trying to find some sort of balance and some sort of normality in her life, and I can definitely relate to that."
Michelle Williams went with a delicate Erdem dress and Roger Vivier shoes for a screening of My Week With Marilyn in NYC on Sunday evening. She was joined by a few costars for the event, though all eyes were on Michelle on the red carpet and her embodiment of Marilyn Monroe in the film. Michelle debuted My Week With Marilyn in LA last weekend and she'll be making her promotional tour international when she is honored by Queen Elizabeth II at a special palace premiere.
Michelle recently spoke about what drew her to Marilyn, admitting that she knows she's not the only person drawn to the icon. Michelle said of Marilyn, "I have always been drawn to Marilyn, but that doesn’t make me special in any way. She has that magnetism and that draw for so many people, so I read about her when I was young, devouring biographies. I’m most interested in her life before she became Marilyn. For me, the interest wasn’t so much in this larger-than-life personality.”
My Week With Marilyn comes out Nov. 23 and get in on the excitement by entering TresSugar's $1,000 Tiffany's gift certificate and Chanel No. 5 giveaway for the movie.
Michelle Williams brought a bit of glamour to the screening of My Week With Marilyn at the AFI special gala in LA on Sunday. The star told us all about taking on the dream role, saying she feels incredibly "lucky" to play the iconic blonde. Hear what Michelle's director and costar think about her take on Marilyn in today's PopSugar Rush!
Michelle Williams arrived in LA on Friday and threw on a strapless Oscar de la Renta dress to attend yesterday's AFI Fest premiere of My Week With Marilyn at at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. We snagged a moment with Michelle on the red carpet before the screening began. She spoke about how lucky she felt to play the role of Marilyn Monroe and said people really don't know just how smart the iconic blonde was — stay tuned for video from the event later today on PopSugar Rush! Michelle got into promotional mode during a break from working on Oz: The Great and Powerful in Detroit. That movie is a special one for Michelle, who told us two weeks ago at the Hollywood Film Awards that the updated take on the Wizard of Oz was a project she took on for her 6-year-old daughter Matilda Legder.
A bearded and bespectacled Jake Gyllenhaal stepped out last night in NYC to support Michelle Williams at her My Week With Marilyn premiere. Jake and Michelle first worked together on Brokeback Mountain, and they stayed so close over the years that he is also her daughter Matilda's godfather. The longtime friends were deep in conversation at the event and posed for pictures together on the red carpet. Michelle wore a seafoam green Dior gown to the New York Film Festival screening, while Jake went casual in a semi-untucked white shirt. He made the trip East following a few months spent mostly in LA, where he's been shooting End of Watch. Before getting back into character as a cop for his new role, Jake capped off the Summer with a trip to Hawaii with his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal, where they hit the beach and attended their father Stephen Gyllenhaal's wedding in Oahu.