How Ana De Armas Prepared to Play Marilyn Monroe
Actor Ana de Armas prepares to play Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming movie ‘Blonde’. It was first revealed that the Armas would be playing the iconic artist in 2019, via IndieWire† The film has been given an NC-17 rating and is inspired by Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel about Monroe. In June 2022 Instagram post, de Armas wrote about how the project’s director, Andrew Dominik, led a film shoot that shows a new side of Monroe’s story.
“Andrew’s ambitions were very clear from the start — to present a version of Marilyn Monroe’s life through her lens,” de Armas said. “He wanted the world to experience what it really felt like to be not just Marilyn, but Norma Jeane.” The artist added in the caption that she believes “Blonde” is “the most daring, brash and feminist take on [Monroe’s] story that [she has] ever seen.” In the post, the “Knives Out” star also showed pictures of herself as Monroe on set. To become Monroe for the film, the Armas had to take some pretty extreme measures.
Preparing to play Marilyn Monroe was ‘intensive work’
In 2019, the Armas spoke with Weekly entertainment about the preparation of the film “Blonde”, which, according to her, took a full 12 months of preparation. “It was the most intense work I’ve ever done as an actress,” de Armas said of playing Monroe. “It took me a year to prepare for that — research and accent and anything else you can think of.” She also described the complexity of her schedule as she was also filming “Deep Water” with ex-boyfriend Ben Affleck and the James Bond movie “No Time to Die.” She said it was difficult, “but it all worked out and I worked with the best team possible, and they made it happen, so I’m happy with it,” she told Entertainment Weekly.
In addition, de Armas told: byrdie in March 2021 that her physical transformation into Monroe consisted of three and a half hours of makeup a day, as well as luscious wigs. “I had to go bald every day because with the blonde wigs… you can’t have anything dark underneath, so we had to make a bald cap every day from forehead to [around] my whole head,” she said. De Armas added that she is “so proud” of the finished film, which is expected to be released in September 2022. Viewers recently got to see the results of the Armas’ efforts in the ” Blonde” trailer, released by Netflix.
Ana de Armas impresses fans with her rendition
The first trailer for the film, which will be released on September 23, has been released by Netflix via YouTube on June 16 and now has over 4.6 million views. Clips from the one-minute sneak peek show the Armas portraying Monroe in numerous scenes, including sitting at her makeup vanity, the famous subway scene from “The Seven Year Itch” and being overrun by photographers.
Fans were impressed by what they saw, including: a user wrote“What a perfect choice from Ana de Armas for the role!” Another said:, “Can’t wait to see Ana shine! Wow what a fantastic casting choice.” In her 2021 interview with byrdiede Armas explained that while it consisted of tiring moments, she believed it was “a gift” to play Monroe.
“It felt incredible, it felt… very exhausting too,” de Armas said of the part. “It was hard work to play her in what I think was a very honest way to portray her.” After all the effort she and the cast and crew of “Blonde” put into the project, de Armas described the finished film as “stunning and deeply moving”. “Blonde” sounds like it will be a special tribute to Monroe’s story, so moviegoers have a lot to look forward to when it debuts in September!
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