To approach the filming of “Blonde” and her incarnation of Marilyn Monroe, Ana de Armas has put the dishes in the big ones. Until going to the grave of the icon and Hollywood star of the 50s, with the entire production team.
Blonde hair happens and it will shake
It is one of the most anticipated films of this year 2022 and, as we already know, a huge performance from its main actress. The film Blonde hairfictional biography of Norma Jeane Baker aka Marilyn Monroe, played by Ana de Armas and directed by Andrew Dominik, arrives on Netflix on September 28 and is going to be talked about a lot. A cinematic object that can be described as monstrous, where the grandiose competes with the abjectand of which we fully feel total investment of those who did. In the forefront of which, the Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas.
In an interview given to AnOther magazinethis one delivered on her work to embody Marilyn Monroe, on the relationship that the film crew had with the icon.
“We went to the cemetery”
Undertaking the portrait, however fictitious, of the immense Marilyn Monroe, cannot be done lightly. The team of Blonde hair broached the subject with great respect. Ana de Armas says:
We took a large card and each member of the team wrote on it a message addressed to him. Then we went to the cemetery and put this card on his grave. In a way, we were asking his permission. Everyone felt a huge responsibility, and we all had in mind what part of the story we were going to tell – the story of Norma Jeane, the person behind the character of Marilyn Monroe. Who was she really?
No method actingbut a feeling of “presence”
The actress’ performance in Blonde hair is to be counted among the most successful of recent years. Obviously to this day, too the greatest of his filmography. In the same interview, she develops the relationship she had with “her” Marilyn Monroe. She does not claim to have been “connected” to her, and insists that she did not lend herself to the method acting, becoming Ana de Armas again as soon as the camera cuts out. But she still mentions a particular and omnipresent sensation.
Believe me, I had a lot of fun. I didn’t stay in character for 9 weeks, during breaks, during lunches, I was Ana. But emotionally? I had, it is certain, a feeling which persisted. I couldn’t “unplug” because I was coming home at night and studying for the next day, and I had Andrew on the phone until midnight. (…) I do not want to seem to say that I was “Marilyn and I were connected”, it was not the case at all. But I thought about her so much… Some days I would come home, I would have dinner, and when I was doing the dishes I would start crying, crying again, because I felt this great sadness – and I knew that I would not cure it. .
Fictional and tragic biography of the short life of Marilyn Monroe, who died at 36, Blonde hair does not actually tell the story of a happy young woman. A deep sadness what Ana de Armas therefore felt, but without preventing her from feeling a calm closeness with the star of the 50s.
She was everything I thought of. Everything I dreamed of. Everything I was talking about. She was with me, and it was beautiful. I think she was happy.