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Abbie Cornish Madonna W.E.

February 5, 2012 by staff 

Abbie Cornish Madonna W.E., The stars of W.E. looked to Madonna herself as inspiration and guidance for how to act their iconic characters.

Madonna knows a thing or two about ambition, the price of fame and the personal compromise that comes with being an icon, so when she took on the story of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII in her latest film, W.E., she became the lighthouse for her two leads, Andrea Riseborough and Abbie Cornish.

The young actors were impressed by her Madgesty’s ability to navigate complex emotional spaces, but in the end, what they respected most about Madonna was her ability to allow the actors enough room to find their own approach to character.

After all, Riseborough says, whether real or an act of fiction, we can never really understand what’s happening in another person’s mind. We can only grasp the outlines of an emotional reality through performance.

“We would be naive to believe we have any personal relationship with any iconic figure in the public, really. Our relationship is totally objective and removed,” says Riseborough, who takes on the role of Simpson, the infamous mistress who forced a king to abdicate the throne for love.

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