Michelle and Marilyn

18 Jan

I saw My Week With Marilyn yesterday and it was one of my favorite films of the year. I fell even more in love with Michelle Williams as an actress in addition to her very handsome costar Eddie Redmayne who may be knocking RyGo out of his #1 spot…Redmayne apparently dated Carey Mulligan (that gal gets all the gents!). Make sure to read the latest GQ piece on Michelle. I think it’s one of the best yet.

There is a question I have been wanting to understand the answer to, but have been feeling that I simply can’t ask. Eventually I just ask it anyway:

Do you think there was a part of you that imagined the two of you would somehow end up together?

Immediately, I wish that I hadn’t. The look on her face—a kind of juddering visceral alarm at what has been said…I don’t wish to see that look many more times in my life. “That would make me way too sad to answer,” she says quickly, and I hurriedly begin another question, about something completely different, hoping that if I say it fast enough these new words will chase the old words away from where they are hanging in the air between us, and maybe she will let me pretend that it was something I never said.

“No, no,” she says, and I can see the tears forming, and I think she means that she doesn’t want to answer any more questions about anything. I mutter some kind of apology under my breath.

But, even now, I’m wrong about everything. Mostly she is just trying to stop my new question. She has something to tell me.

“No,” she says. “I said it would make me too sad to answer but it’s also…”—and she nods even as her voice breaks once more with tears—”…one of my favorite things to imagine.” And through the tears, a beaming, almost beatific smile stretches room-wide across her face. “It’s actually one of my favorite places to visit.”


3 Responses to “Michelle and Marilyn”

  1. Jackie January 18, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    I will see this picture. But I was intrigued by the quote from the GQ interview. I have always suspected that the very finest actors can channel the spirits of both the real people they portray and the fictional characters they portray. Real people are either deceased and more open to the channelling process, or they are still among us and can sue if they don’t like the portrayal. About the fictional characters….they are real in another dimension and if the right actor comes along ( Clark Gable in Gone With The Wind for example), they and the actor achieve whatever immortality this dimension
    can offer.

  2. vintage barbie January 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    How come my comment came in under your name?

    • Jackie January 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      I thought that was you! Are you writing my name or when you comment?

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