Emma Watson tells how she ‘relates’ to Marilyn Monroe

09:47 21 November 2011

Emma Watson arrives for the premiere of My Week With Marilyn n London

Emma Watson arrives for the premiere of My Week With Marilyn n London

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Emma Watson has said she can “definitely relate” to the character of Marilyn Monroe.

Speaking at the London premiere of My Week with Marilyn, Ms Watson, 21, who plays wardrobe assistant Lucy in the film, said: “I certainly feel a lot for her and for what she went through.

“I think she was just trying to find her feet in the midst of this kind of crazy circus that went on around her, and trying to find some sort of balance and some sort of normality in her life, and I can definitely relate to that.”

The Harry Potter star, wearing an embroidered white top by designer Jason Wu, said she was currently focused on her work at Oxford University, but she said of future projects: “There are a lot of things that I’m lining up.”

My Week with Marilyn, directed by Simon Curtis, stars Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe when she comes to Pinewood Studios in 1956 to star alongside Sir Laurence Olivier in The Prince and The Showgirl.

Eddie Redmayne plays 23-year-old Colin Clark, whose real life memoirs The Prince, The Showgirl and Me formed the basis for the film.

Clark’s first job in the movie business was working as a “third assistant director”. Monroe, hounded by paparazzi and nervous about working with Olivier, turns to Clark for solace.

Redmayne said: “It’s the stuff that dreams are made of. She is an icon. What makes people fall in love with her is her complexity and the conflict of how she was projected in the world and what people thought of her versus perhaps her intimate life.”

“I can absolutely see how a huge star, would be going through chaos in their lives, and seek solace in someone with a sense of normality.”

Kenneth Branagh, who plays Sir Laurence Olivier, said: “It was very exciting but you felt a sense of responsibility, which both Michelle and I felt for these characters.

“You read everything that they wrote about this experience and Sir Laurence Olivier was very candid about his immense frustration working with Marilyn Monroe.”

Mr Branagh said he listened to Sir Laurence Olivier reading the Bible every day at 6am to prepare for the role.

My Week with Marilyn is director Simon Curtis’ first feature film. He said: “In television I’ve been very lucky to work with a lot of great actors in big, ensemble casts, so that helped me with this.

“But there’s nothing like a film entering the public consciousness, being launched on the world, to keep you on your toes.”

Mr Curtis said making the film had been a labour of love. “There was a real passion for it”, he said.

He added: “I’m thrilled by how much people are laughing when they see the film. And should Michelle and Ken get recognised in any way for their magnificent performances, obviously I’d be entirely happy.”

Other cast members who attended the premiere included Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones and Zoe Wanamaker.

Downton Abbey stars Elizabeth McGovern and Laura Carmichael were also present.

Fan Tara Bonar, 29, from London, said: “I can’t wait to see it. It’s got an amazing cast for a start. I do think Michelle Williams is perfect casting even though I haven’t seen it yet.”

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