Michelle Williams lacks Marilyn Monroes sex appeal- My Week With Marilyn screening

Michelle Williams glitters in gold at screening of My Week With Marilyn film... but lacks sex appeal of tragic screen icon
By Chris Johnson

She admitted that filming the movie left her in tears at the end of each day.

So it is perhaps little wonder that Michelle Williams has seemingly laid to rest her inner Marilyn Monroe, who she portrayed in her new movie, My Week With Marilyn.

Last night there was not a hint of the tragic Fifties screen siren about Williams as she stepped out to a screening in Hollywood at the 2011 American Film Institute Fest.

Unique style: Michelle Williams attends a screening of her new movie My Week With Marilyn at the AFI Fest in Hollywood last night


Elfin: With her short cropped hair and structured gold dress, the 31-year-old actress was not taking style tips from the seductive Monroe, who she portrays in the film

With her pixie blonde hair and structured gold dress, the 31-year-old actress was championing a style of her own - and was certainly not borrowing tips from the flouncy and seductive Monroe.

And while Marilyn might have oozed sex appeal, Michelle - who would spend three hours in hair and make-up being transformed into the starlet when shooting the movie - says her cropped hair is something that turns men off her.

In a recent interview with Elle, she confessed: 'What [my daughter] Matilda would love is for her mom to grow out the cropped hair, though that’s unlikely to happen any time soon.

Double act: Michelle poses with co-star Julia Ormond, who wore a bright red trouser suit, a beige top and black peep-toe heels

Lending their support: Actresses Penelope Ann Miller, centre, and Missi Pyle, right, opted for black as they turned out to the screening at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre

'I’ve really grown into it - I feel like myself with short hair. And it’s been a really long time since I had long hair, five years.

'Of course, the only people who like it are gay men and my girlfriends. Straight men across the board are not into this hair!'

My Week With Marilyn documents the tense interaction between legendary actor Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of 1957 movie The Prince and the Showgirl.

Screen icon: Tragic Monroe died from an overdose in August 1962

Olivier was reputedly so annoyed by Monroe's diva-like behaviour on set that he practically abandoned directing for the screen, only returning in 1970 to make Three Sisters

The 1957 movie was a financial success, though it was panned by critics for being slow moving.

Williams revealed that she would spend three hours getting transformed into Monroe when shooting the biopic.

'You'd think playing Marilyn Monroe, you'd be in full-on goddess mode,' she told Newsweek recently.

'When I washed my face and took my make-up off at the end of the day, there was some sort of horrible Frankenstein staring back at me.'

The elfin star also had to put on weight to embody Marilyn's curves, and bleach her hair blonde every few days to avoid showing roots.


Dapper: Dominic Cooper, who also stars in the movie, and director Simon Curtis

Understandably, this difficult role led to Williams waking 'up in cold sweats in anticipation' after taking the role once she had been persuaded by director, Simon Curtis.

She also revealed that playing the doomed star, who was 36 when she died of an overdose in August 1962, was emotionally draining too, admitting that sometimes after a day’s filming, she would cry on her way home.

'The other day, someone asked me how I got her sadness,' Williams said 'I don't think I ever cried so much for somebody I didn't know.'

Harry Potter actress Emma Watson also stars in the movie as a wardrobe assistant.

She was not at last night's screening - but other stars of the movie who turned out included Julia Ormond and Dominic Cooper.
Transformed: Michelle as Marilyn in the film. She said it would take three hours to transform her into the tragic screen icon when she was shooting the movie

Period clothes: Harry Potter actress Emma Watson plays a wardrobe assistant in the film