Michelle Williams Reprises Marilyn Monroe Role for Steamy GQ February 2012 Shoot (Photo Gallery)

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Michelle Williams in GQ magazine

Michelle Williams channels Marilyn Monroe yet again for the February 2012 issue of GQ magazine. In the accompanying interview, she talks about Heath Ledger and some of the advice she got before filming “My Week With Marilyn.”

Philip Seymour Hoffmann, it turns out, gave her the best advice: “If there’s even a whiff of the icon, things get much less interesting.”

It’s Williams’ talks about Ledger, though, that are the most poignant. Speaking about the nexus of their relationship, she said, “Our initial meeting, the circumstances of how we first met, were cosmic or something. A lot of things happened at once. It’s a bit like: We had a lot of things to do, because we didn’t have a lot of time, or something.”

When writer Chris Heath asked whether she ever imagined that she and Ledger would somehow end up together, she responded, “That would make me way too sad to answer.” Then, she recanted: “No, I said it would make me too sad to answer, but it’s also one of my favorite things to imagine. It’s actually one of my favorite places to visit.”

Read the rest of Michelle Williams’ GQ interview here, and check out photos from the editorial by Michael Thompson below.

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