Ana de Armas shares information about her interpretation of Marilyn Monroe.
The 34-year-old Cuban actress covers the fall edition of the French fashion magazine The Officialwhere he explained why he didn’t mimic everything about the screen siren in Netflix’s upcoming biopic Blond.
Although she worked with a dialect coach and studied the Hollywood icon before filming began, De Armas said, “it wasn’t my job to imitate her.”
“I was interested in her feelings, her journey, her insecurities and her voice, in the sense that she didn’t really have one,” she said in the interview Tuesday.
The fictional film, based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name, “boldly reimagines Marilyn Monroe’s life, exploring the divide between her public and private selves,” according to an official Netflix synopsis.
The trailers show de Armas’s Monroe, who was born Norma Jeane Baker in 1926, struggling with the dark side of fame at the height of her stardom, all set for a haunting rendition of her 1953 version of the song “Diamonds”. Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” , from his movie Gentlemen prefer blondes.
In the same interview, de Armas said The Official that he didn’t understand why the movie received the much talked about NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association, which the magazine noted is the first time it’s been a Netflix original movie.
“I didn’t understand why that happened. I can tell you a number of shows or movies that are much more explicit with much more sexual content than Blond”, he told the media.
“But to tell this story, it’s important to show all these moments in Marilyn’s life that made her end the way she did,” de Armas continued. “It needed to be explained. Everyone [in the cast] I knew we had to go to uncomfortable places. I wasn’t the only one.”
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The MPA gave the film an NC-17 rating “for some sexual content”.
In February, Blond Director Andrew Dominik told ScreenDaily that he had always wanted his Monroe movie, which was shot in 2019, to have an NC-17 rating.
“It’s an NC-17 movie about Marilyn Monroe. It’s pretty much what you want, right? I want to go see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story,” Dominik said at the time.
“It’s a demanding movie. If the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the f——audience’s problem,” he added. “It’s not running for public office.”
De Armas spent two to three hours doing her hair and makeup for the film, according to Netflix Queue, and the actress did a lot more research ahead of the film’s shoot.
“We worked on this film for hours, every day for almost a year. I read Joyce’s novel, studied hundreds of photographs, videos, audio recordings, film, whatever I could get my hands on. Every scene is inspired by an existing photograph. ,” she said. “We thoroughly examined every detail of the photo and discussed what was happening in it. The first question was always: ‘What was Norma Jeane feeling here?’ We wanted to tell the human side of her story.”
The cast also includes Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel, and Evan Williams.
Blond arrives on Netflix on September 28.