It’s certainly been a busy week for this Cuban actress as she promotes her new movie which focuses on the life of blonde Hollywood bombshell Marilyn Monroe.
On Tuesday afternoon, brunette beauty Ana de Armas was spotted at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: Blonde, where she discussed the film, which promises to take a candid look at actress Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The event took place at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Robin Williams Center in New York City.
This comes after the star told AnOther magazine that she asked Marilyn Monroe for “permission” to play her when she visited her grave in Los Angeles.
Ana opted for a more demure look in a baby blue crew neck top.
The knit sweater featured a beige lace collar with three white buttons down the front and a cute bow in black at the top.
She added a black mini skirt that revealed her toned and slender legs. Black shoes and white socks completed her look.
The cover girl wore her dark hair in soft waves and wore glossy lip gloss.
The film is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates and is slated to hit theaters on September 28th.
Also on Tuesday, she spoke to AnOther magazine and shared that she asked permission from Monroe to play her.
“We got this big card and everyone on the crew wrote it a message. Then we went to the cemetery and put it on her grave,” she said. “We kind of asked permission. Everyone felt a great responsibility and we were very aware of the side of the story we were going to tell – the story of Norma Jeane, the person behind this character, Marilyn Monroe. Who was she really?’
She also said that Blonde uses real incidents but tries to fill in the moments between what is known in the public record.
“It’s about the things we didn’t see, the moments where the cameras don’t blink or roll when Marilyn isn’t on,” said the Cuban-born beauty. “It’s fiction. We have no proof that this happened. But it fills in the gaps in what we already know with a version of events we should at least consider.’
The Knives Out star admitted she didn’t seem like the most likely candidate to be cast when she auditioned for the role about one of the most famous women in the world.
“But of course I went for it because I love a challenge and I knew I could do it emotionally,” she explained.
“I didn’t know if the hair, the makeup, but I understood what we were trying to say. Andrew called me after the audition and said, “It’s you. It has to be you.” But then we had to convince everyone else.”
The Gray Man actor’s Cuban accent would have traditionally kept her from the job, but a voice coach was hired to help her speak like Marilyn.
“Marilyn’s voice, her facial expressions were a result of the language classes she was taking herself, her insecurities, that she had no boundaries and let people in, played that role of constantly needing to be rescued.”
Studying the star, Ana learned to share her vulnerability.
“So I needed to know what she was thinking and feeling every time. Because the way she rounded her lips for the ‘O’s, or how much of her bottom teeth showed, what her eyebrows did, all of those expressions were a result of Marilyn’s survival mode. They were tricks she performed under desperate circumstances.’
This comes after she said last week that she broke down in tears after her film Blonde received a 14-minute standing ovation following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in Italy.
The No Time To Die star plays the late film icon Marilyn Monroe in the new film about her life, which premiered at the festival on Thursday (08/09/22) to an enthusiastic response from audiences who more than applauded 10 minutes as the film’s star cried.
According to Variety.com, Ana’s co-star Adrien Brody – who plays Marilyn’s third husband Arthur Miller – also shed a few tears as the cinema erupted in applause.
Ana spent nine months working with a voice coach to perfect Marilyn’s accent, and she recently told The Times that it was a strenuous process.
She said: “It took me nine months of dialect coaching, practice and some ADR sessions [to get the accent right]. It was a great ordeal, so exhausting. My brain was fried.’