‘Blonde’ Star Ana de Armas Says She’s Not Worried about Criticism of the Film

Ana de Armas needs individuals to get to know Norma Jeane Mortenson on a brand new stage.

The Cuban actor fully remodeled into Marilyn Monroe for “Blonde,” bringing a brand new stage of vulnerability to the Hollywood icon within the Andrew Dominik-directed movie. De Armas instructed TODAY on the Los Angeles premiere held on the TCL Chinese language Theatre on Sept. 13, that she associated to the lady within the story and was moved by the tragedies within the stars’ life.

“It was hard for me not to relate to the story of what was happening to her and to the woman in the story,” de Armas stated on the purple carpet. “It was hard not to identify with that and feel heartbroken and moved by it.”

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“The more I learned about her, and when I say her, I mean Norma because I had this idea of (Marilyn)… I knew what we all know about Marilyn Monroe, the character,” she continued. “I just wanted to peel all the layers and find who was underneath that and what she went through. It was just so easy for me to see her trauma and her pain and understand what she was going through. So I guess I just really connected with them.”

The movie is 14 years within the making, with the director and solid emphasizing that the drama is a fictionalized model of Monroe’s life, tailored from the 2000 novel of the identical title by Joyce Carol Oates.

“The film didn’t really come to life until Ana appeared,” Dominik instructed TODAY. “Once she came into the picture, the whole thing, just really, it just gelled and made sense. So I think we were waiting for her in a way.”

“When you hear her talking about (her experience), she talks about it in a much more emotional, visceral, personal way because to her it was,” the director added.

The movie’s NC-17 ranking has been a subject of debate, with de Armas beforehand telling L’Officiel that she “didn’t understand” the necessity for the ranking.

The just about three-hour drama digs deep into Norma Jeane’s traumatic childhood and life within the highlight. Her tumultuous and abusive relationships with two of her three husbands — baseball participant Joe DiMaggio (Bobby Cannavale) and playwright Arthur Miller (Adrien Brody) — and rumored affair with John F. Kennedy (Caspar Phillipson) depicts a fragile lady looking for love and coping with psychological well being points.

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“Everybody sees the film according to their fears and desires,” the director instructed TODAY, including that when making the film he solely considered how he’d react. “It’s how it’s going to make me feel. That’s the only instrument I have to work with, it’s my own.”

Taking over a larger-than-life character might take a toll on an actor, however de Armas was pressured to rapidly depart Norma Jeane and Monroe behind. She stated she by no means received a correct goodbye.

“Unfortunately, my schedule was really crazy and completely unplanned, and I finished shooting ‘Blonde’ on a Friday and I started shooting James Bond on Monday,” the actor stated. “So (my ‘No Time to Die’ character) Paloma was kind of my therapy to let this go.”

Including, “Had that been my choice? I wouldn’t have chosen that but that’s the way it worked. And I wish I had had more time to say goodbye to the project and her. But you know, it was kind of beautiful. It was all of a sudden Paloma has a little bit of Marilyn.”

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Ana de Armas walks the purple carpet on the premiere of “Blonde” on Sept. 13, 2022 in Los Angeles.Michael Buckner / Selection through Getty Photos

Except for the NC-17 ranking, the movie made headlines after the discharge of the official trailer. Viewers noticed de Armas as Marilyn together with her signature blonde hair, purple lips and sweetness mark. She additionally spoke in an accent that didn’t immediately impersonate the icon’s voice.

The actor instructed L’Officiel that she labored with a dialect coach for months however added that her job “wasn’t 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 added.

The official Marilyn Monroe Property even got here to her protection, regardless of the property not authorizing the movie.

“Marilyn Monroe is a singular Hollywood and pop culture icon that transcends generations and history,” stated Marc Rosen, president of leisure at Genuine Manufacturers Group (ABG), which owns the Marilyn Monroe Property. “Any actor that steps into that role knows they have big shoes to fill. Based on the trailer alone, it looks like Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity and vulnerability. We can’t wait to see the film in its entirety!”

De Armas left the criticism behind, telling TODAY, “I don’t want to worry about anything because the work is done.”

“This entire cast and crew and Andrew and producers have been incredible, and we’ve all given everything we’ve got to this project because we believed in it,” she said. “We finished this month three years ago. I’ve watched this movie by myself, with Andrew, with friends, with family, by chunks, you know, any way you can imagine. And now you finally get to see it. But I already know how I feel about the movie and the work we did. So I have no worries.”

“And I just hope that people get to know Norma,” she added.

“Blonde” will probably be launched in choose theaters on Sept. 16 and stream on Netflix on Sept. 23.

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