Michelle Williams Covers GQ As Marilyn Monroe, Talks Heath Ledger

Michelle Williams Marilyn Monroe GQ February cover
Photo courtesy of Michael Thompson/GQ
Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe on GQ

Looks like Michelle Williams isn't ready to leave her Golden Globe-winning turn as Marilyn Monroe just yet.

And if we looked this good in a platinum blonde wig and vintage-inspired lingerie, we wouldn't either.

Having already channeled Monroe for Vogue and German Vogue, the My Week with Marilyn star is a total knockout in orange-red lipstick, a nude and black Stella McCartney bra and panty set, and an Alexander Wang cardigan on the February cover of GQ. (Does Gentleman's Quarterly prefer blondes? You bet.) 

The uncanny (and seriously steamy) shoot with lensman Michael Thompson sees Williams playing house in Éres and Agent Provocateur lingerie as well as a sheer La Perla slip layered over Myla knickers. Damn, girl!

Like the iconic blonde bombshell, the actress—who admits to loving word-of-the-day emails and takes book suggestions from James Franco—has a tragic past, from life as an emancipated teen to the loss of her ex-fiancé Heath Ledger.

"Nothing has turned out like I expected to," she says. "Some things have been better, and some things have been much, much, much worse."

Michelle Williams Marilyn Monroe GQ February cover

Photo courtesy of Michael Thompson/GQ

Some like it hot: A scantily clad Williams seduces the camera.

"Like I said, there's not an area of my ... there's not a cell, not a molecule. No corner is untouched. You know, it's like a reorganization of everything. Everything is different ... I really wanted, and I really expected or imagined, that Matilda [her 6-year-old daughter with Ledger] would have siblings that were close to her age. I wanted that for her. But I couldn't make that happen. And now that she's 6 that isn't even a possibility anymore. So something that was making me feel impatient, that's been removed. For whatever reason, that's not our luck, or our path.

"You know, as hard as certain things have been for me, it's been harder thinking about how things will be for her. I have a lot of things that she doesn't, and some of what I have I can give to her—the memories that I have, the objects that I have, the physical reminders that I have, the stories. But she won't really have any ... " 

For more Michelle Williams, visit GQ online and pick up the February issue, on sale January 24.