It’s certainly been a busy week for this Cuban actress as she’s been promoting her new movie about the life of Hollywood’s blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe.
On Tuesday afternoon, brunette beauty Ana de Armas was spotted at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: Blonde conference, where she talked about the film, which promises to be an honest look at the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes actress. The event was held at the Robin Williams Center of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation in New York.
It comes after the star told AnOther magazine that she asked Marilyn Monroe for “permission” to guest star her. Los Angeles grave
Bright ambitions: On Tuesday afternoon, brunette beauty Ana de Armas was spotted at the SAG-AFTRA Fund Talk: Blonde where she talked about the movie Blonde
Ana as Marilyn: Blonde is about Hollywood blonde Marilyn Monroe. Seen with Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller
Ana opted for a more understated 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 sweet black bow at the top.
She added a black mini skirt that revealed her toned and slim legs. Black shoes and white socks completed her look.
The cover girl wore her dark hair in soft waves and wore a glossy lip gloss.
The film is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates and is set to be released on September 28.
Also on Tuesday she spoke with Another magazineshared, she asked Monroe’s permission to play her.
Blue mood: Ana opted for a more subdued look in a baby blue crew neck top. The knitted sweater featured a beige lace-lined collar with three white buttons down the front and a sweet black bow at the top
“We got this big card and everyone on the team wrote a message to her. Then we went to the cemetery and put it on her grave,” she said. “We somehow asked for permission. Everyone felt a lot of responsibility, and we were very aware of the side of the story we were going to tell—the story of Norma Jean, the person behind the character, Marilyn Monroe. Who was she really?’
She also said that Blonde uses real-life cases, but tries to fill in the gaps between what is known in the public record.
“It’s about the things we haven’t seen, the moments when the cameras aren’t flashing and rolling, when Marilyn isn’t on,” said the Cuban-born beauty. “This is fantastic. We have no evidence that this happened. But it fills in the gaps in what we already know with a version of events that we should at least consider.”
The Pulling Knife star admitted she didn’t seem like a likely candidate when she auditioned for the role of one of the most famous women in the world.
“But of course I went for it because I love a challenge and I knew that emotionally I would be up to it,” she explained.
Classy schoolgirl: She added a black mini skirt that showed off her toned and slim legs. Black shoes and white socks completed her look
“I didn’t know when the hair, makeup, but I understood what we wanted to say. Andrew called me after the audition and said, “It’s you. It must be you.’ But then we had to convince everyone else.”
The Gray Man actor’s Cuban accent would have traditionally kept her out of the job, but a voice coach was hired to help her learn to speak like Marilyn.
“Marilyn’s voice, her facial expressions, were a result of the speech classes she took on her own, her insecurities, the fact that she didn’t have any boundaries and didn’t let people in, that she was always playing the role of being the one who needed to be saved.”
By studying the star, Ana learned to share her vulnerability.
“So I had to know what she was thinking and feeling every time. Because the way she rounded her lips for the letters “O” or how many bottom teeth she showed, what her eyebrows did, all those expressions were a result of Marilyn being in survival mode. These were tricks she used in desperate circumstances.’
Unfussy: The cover girl wore her dark hair in soft waves and wore a glossy lip gloss
Thinking hard: She smiled as she paused during the discussion on stage
It comes after she revealed 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 late film icon Marilyn Monroe in a new film about her life, which premiered at a festival on Thursday (09.22.22) and drew a rapturous response from audiences who applauded for more than 10 minutes as the film’s star wept.
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 theater erupted in applause.
Real and fake: Marilyn, left, in Niagara, and Anna, right, as Monroe in the film
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Ana spent nine months working with a voice coach to perfect Marilyn’s accent, and she recently told The Times it was a grueling process.
She said: “It took me nine months of dialect training, practice and several ADR sessions [to get the accent right]. It was great torture, such exhaustion. My brain was fried.’
After the release of the trailer of the new film, criticism of Ana’s accent appeared on the Internet, and the actress defended her acting.
The actress, who only learned to speak English in 2015, said: “I feel like whether you’re Cuban or an American actress, everyone has to feel the pressure.
“My job is not 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.”