In “W.E.,” Andrea Riseborough plays one of the last century’s most notorious women — American divorcee Wallis Simpson who inspired England’s Edward VIII to abdicate in order to marry her. The film marks Madonna‘s first narrative feature. The actress says working with the pop star-turned-director, “really was extraordinary. It truly was … It’s such a pleasure to be met with the kind of devotion and passion and attention to detail that you feel that you want to bring yourself. So when the directors bring it and the actors bring it, those are the situations you really want to be in.”
She breathes life into a part already played by the likes of Oscar champ Faye Dunaway and Tony nominee Eve Best, perfecting an American accent and showcasing some impressive dance skills. Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter raves that the role, “is played with distinction and an almost poignant sense of resignation by Andrea Riseborough.”
Among the cast, Riseborough is the only one being touted by the Weinstein Company. They are also seeking consideration for the score by Golden Globe nominee Abel Korzeniowski (“A Single Man”) and costumes by Oscar contender Ariann Phillips (“Walk the Line”).
Chatting with editor Adam Waldowski, Riseborough reveals her own thoughts on the romance between Wallis and Edward and answers the hard-hitting question, “What’s your favorite Madonna song?”