In the highly anticipated epic “Napoleon,” Oscar®️-winner Joaquin Phoenix portrays the iconic French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, unfolding a captivating narrative of his rise and fall against the backdrop of visionary filmmaking by director Ridley Scott.
Amidst the grandeur, Vanessa Kirby takes on the role of Josephine, Napoleon’s one true love, contributing a remarkable dimension to the historical tale.
Before stepping into Josephine’s shoes, Vanessa Kirby embarked on a profound exploration of French history. Admitting her initial lack of knowledge, she immersed herself in extensive reading and research. The journey also led her to Paris, where visits to the Napoleon Museum, Malmaison, and Josephine’s tomb provided a tangible connection to the historical context. Kirby describes the experience as a privilege, emphasizing the importance of understanding the era and the character she would portray.
For Kirby, playing Josephine was not a straightforward task. She describes the role as “painful and uncomfortable,” shedding light on the broader narrative of women who were often silenced despite possessing immense