It is important to take on the role! It took a lot of work to bring Marilyn Monroe’s story to life. Ana de ArmasThe effort was supported by many others.
BlondeThis is the direction of Andrew DominikSince 2010,, has been in development Jessica ChastainAnd Naomi Wattswere previously attached to this project before de Armas’ official casting in 2019.
For the Knives OutStar, but the process of becoming Monroe was not without its challenges.
“I had to go bald every day, because [of] the blonde wigs,” de Armas said during an interview with ByrdieMarch 2021 “[Marilyn] went through different shades of blonde from golden to really platinum, so for these wigs that are beautifully made, you can’t have anything dark underneath, so we had to make a bald cap every single day from my forehead to [around] my whole head.”
The Cuba native detailed spending “three-and-a-half hours every day” in makeup, adding, “I think I actually cried the first time I saw [the wigs] on. Probably because it scared me. But I’m so proud.”
The Deep Water star also opened up about the insight she gained while trying to put herself into Monroe’s headspace.
“She went through a lot of things that were not easy at the time — it would not even be easy right now. I was lucky I had months to prepare,” she said at the time. “We don’t usually have that luxury — we usually have to rush into the project and make it as you go, but that one I really had the time to study. There’s so much material about her, like so much to watch and listen to. It’s incredible.”
The Blade RunnerAn actress previously said that it took her some time to get the role.
“I only had to audition for Marilyn once and Andrew said ‘It’s you,’ but I had to audition for everyone else,” de Armas told Vanity Fair2020. “The producers. The money people. I have always had people to convince. But I knew it was possible. It was an amazing experience to play Marilyn Monroe. Cubans play Marilyn Monroe. I wanted it so bad. You see that famous photo of her and she is smiling in the moment, but that’s just a slice of what she was really going through at the time.”
Dominik, on the other hand, suggested that he was considering Blonde to be “one of the ten best movies ever made” before the biopic was even filmed. “It’s basically the story of every human being, but it’s using a certain sense of association that we have with something very familiar, just through media exposure,” he told Collider2016 “It takes all of those things and turns the meanings of them inside out, according to how she feels, which is basically how we live.”
He continued: “It’s how we all operate in the world. It just seems very resonant to me. I think the project has got a lot of really exciting possibilities, in terms of what can be done, cinematically.”
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