Michelle Williams: I felt like a freak on Marilyn set

Michelle Williams felt “like a freak” when she removed her wig after playing Marilyn Monroe.

Michelle took on the role of the troubled actress in My Week with Marilyn, donning a peroxide-blonde hairpiece and gaining weight to portray the curvaceous icon.

Whereas Marilyn was hailed one of the most attractive women in Hollywood, Michelle felt uncomfortable deviating so far from her own look for the part.

“You spend all day in hair and make-up. You’ve done things to alter your appearance and then a day off comes and you think, ‘Who am I, who am I supposed to be?’ I’ve never had it with the intensity that I had when I was shooting Marilyn,” she admitted to Stylist magazine.

“I felt like a freak when the wig came off and the make-up came off, like I was somebody’s creation, that I was a Frankenstein. You wouldn’t think that playing Marilyn Monroe would make you feel like that. But I was heavier. My eyebrows were plucked in the centre because hers started further out. They were bleaching my hair every five or six days so that it never showed through the wig and it was falling out and I didn’t feel very pretty. Luckily there wasn’t a lot of time for me to think about it because we are always working.”

The 32-year-old actress has sported a range of looks during her time in the industry.

Her current hairstyle is a short pixie crop and Michelle believes hair can reveal a lot about how a person is feeling.

“They say people change their hair according to what’s going on in their lives; celebratory hair or hair that says my life is so miserable I have to change something…” she explained.

“I’ve definitely had that. I cut my own hair once because I didn’t know what else to do. I couldn’t do anything internally and I felt like I had to change something externally. This [look] is more irreverent, more ‘what the f**k’ and ‘I don’t give a sh*t’, you know? I’m really into my hair. It’s never been so short and I really like having it shaved. When you displace your femininity like that and you can’t put stock in your hair it’s nice to find out where else femininity might pop up.”

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