Michelle Williams says she had to add a few pounds to capture the voluptuousness of 1950s sex siren Marilyn Monroe, highlighting the difference in body image compared with modern weight-obsessed Hollywood.
Willams stars in the upcoming film “My Week with Marilyn,” about a time in the actress’s life when she was filming in Britain and became involved in a week-long fling with a production assistant.
“I wasn’t watching what I ate, let’s put it that way,” Williams, 31, told People, at the film’s New York premiere.
Monroe was curvy and voluptuous. She wore a size 14 dress. In comparison, most Hollywood actresses feel pressure to wear a size 2 or even size zero.
She says she went through a physical transformation, that went beyond a blonde wig and wardrobe tricks to give her a little more jiggle up top.
“The costume designer and Michelle came up with some great stuff,” Director Simon Curtis explained.
“But an awful lot is Williams’ understanding of the way Marilyn walked, and the way Williams herself took on the wiggle.”
“She did all the hard work, knew how to dance, shimmy,” added Kenneth Branagh, who plays Sir Laurence Olivier in the film.
Don Murray, who played opposite Monroe in the 1956 movie “Bus Stop” is a fan of Williams’ portrayal of the starlet.
“It’s very, very accurate,” he told the magazine. “Having spent 14 weeks with Marilyn, I know what she was really like. And Michelle really catches it.”
What did Williams appreciate about the 1950s Monroe fashion? “I liked her kind of simplicity,” she said. “She was so extraordinarily beautiful, but really quite unadorned.”
In the film, Eddie Redmayne, 29, plays Colin Clark, who was working as a production assistant on Monroe’s movie “The Prince and the Showgirl.”
Kenneth Branagh, Dougray Scott, Judi Dench and Emma Watson also star in the film, which is based on two books by Clark.
Although Monroe had just married playwright Arthur Miller, she was working alone on the film in England, Clark spent a week with her traveling around Britain to escape the pressures of Hollywood.
Williams gave birth in 2005 to daughter named Matilda Rose, and says she lost her baby weight simply bi walking every day rain or shine.
The key to her success was to “make a plan and set attainable goals,” she says.