The story of W.E. is told through the eyes of American Wally Winthrop (portrayed by Abby Cornish). As a New Yorker living in the perfect decade of the 90s, she finds herself paralleling Wallis Simpson.
Wallis was the fair lady with whom King Edward VIII fell in love. Due to her nationality and divorce history, he was forced to abdicate the throne for her. No biggie, though. It's love!
The story is woven into film formation and then brought to life by the one and only Madonna.
For her second gig at directing, Madonna publicly thanks and acknowledges her ex hubbies for their influence:
I am and was attracted to very creative people which is why I married Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie, two very talented directors. They both encouraged me as a director and as a creative person to do what I did, and they were both very supportive.
Madonna also expresses how she resonated with Wallis' life as well, saying:
I identified with her in that I think it's very common when people become celebrities or public figures or icons that we are often reduced to a soundbite and that you're given a few attributes and then you're not allowed to have anything more than that. I did go through periods of feeling like I was an outsider when I first moved to England. I certainly didn't feel like that by the time I'd lived there for 10 years. And I feel, since I moved there, that I feel very welcomed by England. I was deeply and utterly swept up in trying to understand the reason that this man, King Edward VIII would relinquish this great position of power for love.
Sigh. Looove. It's not always logical, but that's why it is what it is!
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