Madonna wrote a film because she was lonely.
The 53-year-old star’s fascination with Wallis Simpson – the subject of her new movie ‘W.E.’ – stemmed from her interest in English history, which she began to research when she first moved to London with former husband Guy Ritchie. She said: “When I moved to England after I got married, I really didn’t have any friends. I didn’t know anybody. “I found myself in a strange world and I decided that I was going to find out about the history and culture. So I started studying English history and reading about the monarchy.
“When I got to Edward VIII, I was transfixed by the idea that a man would give up such a powerful position for love.
“I started reading books about Wallis Simpson, and I found a lot of them to be really negative and one-dimensional.
“When women have some kind of power, and we don’t understand them, we diminish them.”
Madonna related to Wallis a lot and thinks that made her the right person to direct the film.
She told Grazia magazine: “I think I had an insight into her character that possibly other directors wouldn’t have, because I know what it’s like to be reduced to a sound bite.”
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