Building Marilyn
From The Curve Up

The film that gave Michelle Williams her third Oscar nomination, playing Marilyn Monroe in the sexy drama, My Week With Marilyn exposes everything in this exclusive look behind-the-scenes.

My Week With Marilyn

A woman's relationship with Marilyn Monroe starts the first time one sees her photo. Either you abhor the presence of this sexy, threateningly beautiful woman or you want to be just like her.

It's a mystery to men and women what makes the iconic sex symbol who she is, and to actress Michelle Williams, who played her in the bio-pic My Week With Marilyn, the mystery was one she had to embody, heart and soul.

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The film was adored by critics, particularly those who found Michelle William's performance breathtakingly on par to what the real actress was truly like. How did it all come together so brilliantly?

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SheKnows brings you an exclusive look behind-the-scenes with this featurette available only on the DVD, which releases March 13.

"There was a lot of pressure on all of us on both sides of the camera," says director Simon Curtis, who was responsible for pulling off this real life makeover.

The film is about Marilyn Monroe's trip to England in 1956 to film The Prince and the Showgirl. While filming, she struck up an uncanny friendship with one of the assistants on the film, and he later wrote a biography about the experience which became the source material for this movie.

Kenneth Branagh, who plays Sir Laurence Olivier in the film, says he was impressed by the set design and attention to detail. The movie was filmed at the famed Pinewood Studios in England, the very place where the original film was created. "To walk down the corridors… to walk on the very sound stage… to rehearse in some of the rooms that they rehearsed in… it was wildly exciting," says Branagh.

"It was very emotional," Curtis adds when speaking of how many filming similarities there were between the two productions. This exclusive featurette takes audiences behind-the-scenes of My Week With Marilyn.

Photo credit: The Weinstein Company

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ale-hulk March 14, 2012 | 12:09 PM

I haven’t seen My Week with Marilyn but I can only imagine how good it is. Marilyn was beautiful and has not been forgotten. Reading about her life growing up, no wonder all she wanted was love. I sympathize with her and it sad she has left us too soon. The movie is already at my home since I ordered it off Blockbuster @Home. I can’t wait to end my shift at DISH and go home and relax and watch it. I plan on re-watching it a few times, good thing I don’t have to worry about late fees.

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