It might seem odd that Michelle Williams did research for her new movie role. After all, she’s playing a fairy tale witch in the new Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz: The Great and Powerful. But the actress wanted to find a new approach for the character, different from Billie Burke’s portrayal of Glinda the Good Witch in the 1939 film.
Williams read a biography of L. Frank Baum and the 14 books that the author wrote about his made up land. She even kept a ‘Glinda notebook.’ “You don’t know if you’re going to find anything when you do all that geeky research,” she admitted in an interview with The Los Angeles Times.
But Williams knew that she didn’t want to depict the witch as all-knowing. “Glinda can’t be omniscient because then she has no struggle,” she said. “If she already knows everything about the situation, there’s nothing for her to discover.” Read more
Seth Rogen on his ‘Take This Waltz’ Role: “I can confidently say I did more research for this movie than any movie I’ve ever done”
After starring in more serious comedies like Funny People and 50/50, Seth Rogen continues exploring his “dramedy” muscles in Take This Waltz. He stars alongside Michelle Williams as husband and wife Lou and Margot in the film, which was written and directed by actress Sarah Polley. Rogen talks a bit about how he got the role and the surprising amount of research that went into it.
Rogen actually met Polley on the set of The Green Hornet, which is when he first heard about her idea for Take This Waltz. He explains, “She came to LA and told me about the film. She was so nice and so cool. I’d actually been a big fan of hers for a long time, both as an actor and director. And then I read it and thought it was really awesome and very well written, much better written than I can write. So I was very thrilled to do it, and yeah, I was very excited.” Read more
Actor Luke Kirby recently spoke with Interview Magazine about his recent movie roles in both director Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz and the action thriller The Samaritan from David Weaver. In Take This Waltz, Kirby plays the other man to Michelle Williams character in a story that follows a married woman who falls in love with her artist neighbor. Seth Rogan and Sarah Silverman also star.
While Kirby shared that he was familiar with Polley after working with her on the movie Luck, landing the job wasn’t easy. “It wasn’t that simple. I read the script and then she and I met for breakfast and had a really nice time catching up. I auditioned, and she made it incredibly comfortable for me, it was a very fun experience, which, auditioning is not generally the most fun that one can have in a day. Of course, when she asked me to come on board I was thrilled, and kind of taken aback, just because of how much I respect her as a director and also the cast that she had put together was so impressive. I felt so honored to be asked to be a part of it.” Read more
Michelle Williams on ‘Take This Waltz’: It’s about “a transition that you make in your life in your late 20s from being a girl into being a woman”
Actress Michelle Williams, Oscar-nominated star of My Week with Marilyn, appeared at Tribeca Film Fest to discuss her upcoming role in the indie Take This Waltz.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Williams said she initially thought the movie would be perceived as a comedy. She said, “I gave the script to a friend of mine to read, I was like, ‘I’m so excited, I’m going to make a comedy.’ And I came back an hour later and she was on the couch reading it and she was crying, and she was like, ‘I don’t know when it’s going to get funny, Michelle!’” She added, “Yeah, that’s my kind of comedy.” Read more
This June, if you’re looking for an alternative to the summer bang ‘em up films, Sarah Polley‘s Take This Waltz, might just do the trick.
Take This Waltz: When Margot (Michelle Williams), 28, meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. When she learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint. Swelteringly hot, bright and colorful like a bowl of fruit, TAKE THIS WALTZ leads us, laughing, through the familiar, but uncharted question of what long-term relationships do to love, sex, and our images of ourselves.
Written & Directed by: Sarah Polley
Starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Luke Kirby
In Theaters: June 29th Read more
For Michelle Williams, the best part of being nominated for an Oscar is “getting to ask advice of other actresses”
“Probably getting to ask advice of other actresses,” she said. Her main source of advice is Meryl Streep. “Whatever Meryl does, that’s what you want to do.”
She also talks about all the auditions she didn’t get, the one’s she “cried over” and when was the last time she was starstruck.
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Courtesy of The Weinstein Company, here is the screenplay to My Week With Marilyn.
Written by: Adrian Hodges
Directed by: Simon Curtis
Watch: Actresses’ Roundtable featuring Carey Mulligan, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Michelle Williams and Charlize Theron
Once again, The Hollywood Reporter has brought together some of the best actresses from the years most talked about films.
This year’s Actress Roundtable features Carey Mulligan from Shame and Drive, Glenn Close of Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer of The Help, Michelle Williams of My Week With Marilyn and Charlize Theron of Young Adult.
The video is an hour long and it’s just great to watch (or listen to). They talk about their careers, getting bad reviews, how they got their start and so much more. So good!
There is also a behind the scenes video of the magazines cover shoot.
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I’ll see any movie that Michelle Williams is in, she is just freakin’ that perfect. Have you seen Wendy and Lucy? If not, watch it. It’s absolutely wonderful. I mean she is. The film is totally depressing but great.
Here are 4 clips from My Week with Marylin where Williams plays the iconic actress. It’s about a young guy who meets Marilyn Monroe while working as a young assistant on Laurence Olivier‘s The Prince and the Showgirl. When she started to get emotional during the shooting, the young assistant director came to her aid and a romance developed.
The film opens November 23rd. Read more
Trailer: ‘My Week With Marilyn’ starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Dominic Cooper, Emma Watson
My Week With Marilyn: Colin Clark met Marilyn Monroe while working as a young assistant on Laurence Olivier’s “The Prince and the Showgirl.” When Marilyn experienced emotional difficulties during shooting, the 23-year-old third assistant director came to her aid and romance developed. But one week of honesty and fun was not enough to save the doomed star from self-destruction.
In Theaters: November 4, 2011