Michelle Williams gained weight to play Marilyn Monroe

Actress admits to piling on pounds for her role in 'My Week With Marilyn'

Michelle Williams has revealed that she gained weight to play the part of Marilyn Monroe.

Williams portrays the screen icon in the forthcoming My Week With Marilyn, a role that is already seeing her tipped for Oscar nomination. Now she has revealed that she had to relax her diet in order to recreate Monroe’s voluptuous figure.

She told People:

I wasn’t watching what I ate, let’s put it that way.

With Monroe regarded as one of the great screen beauties, Williams’ admission is likely to re-ignite the debate about womens’ weight in Hollywood and female body image. The actress added: “I kind of liked her simplicity. She was so extraordinarily beautiful, but really quite unadorned.”

Director Simon Curtis praised the authenticity of Williams’ performance, saying: “The costume designer and Michelle came up with some great stuff. But an awful lot is Williams’ understanding of the way Marilyn walked, and the way Williams herself took on the wiggle.”

Co-starring Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh and Emma Watson, the film follows Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier, as he documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince And The Showgirl.

You can watch the trailer at the top of the page.Video