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Michelle Trachtenberg Talks ‘Killing Kennedy’ Transformation

Michelle Trachtenberg is most notably known for her role in "Gossip Girl."

Michelle Trachtenberg became an instant hit on the web Tuesday morning. A Photo of the former Gossip Girl star playing Marina Oswald in the upcoming Killing Kennedy film by the National Geographic Channel was released to the surprise of everyone.

She’s almost unrecognizable in the photo, but she’s received great reviews from the snapshot alone. Since the photo hit the web running, the 27-year-old has taken the time to have a chat with E! News.

“I’m grateful to be receiving such positive response on a project I’m so proud to be a part of,” she said about the public’s reaction to the photo. “Killing Kennedy is a transitional moment for me as an actress — and working alongside industry icons like Ridley Scott and Rob Lowe has been a great learning experience.”

The popular actress is currently on the rise and she even went into detail about playing the role of Marina Oswald.

“I do think this is a big transformation for me because I haven’t done a ton of period pieces,” Michelle Trachtenberg added. “This is an iconic role, so I don’t want people to necessarily see me when they look at these photos. But at the same time, I do think Marina and I share many physical characteristics that help me in this role.”

The story of John F. Kennedy’s assassination is devastating to say the least, but Trachtenberg was still very interested in the role of Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife.

“We are inundated with information about JFK, Jackie [Kennedy], and Lee Harvey Oswald, but what I loved about Marina is that she is the unsung hero of the JFK assassination story. Despite the fact that she’s the only one still alive, she hasn’t been explored to that extent,” she said about playing Marina Oswald. “I also responded to the fact that she was an innocent, who knew nothing of her husband’s plans, yet became instantaneously ostracized and famous in connection to the murder. I think she’s someone who, at the core, is one of the most relatable characters.”

Will Michelle Trachtenberg steal the spotlight when Killing Kennedy airs on the National Geographic Channel in November?

 

[Image via National Geographic Channel | Kent Eanes]

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