Ana de Armas is earning some of the best reviews of her career for her performance as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominick’s “Blonde” and yet she knows full well that it will be her nude scenes that will get the most exposure online. As the actor said during his diversity Cover Story Interview, “I know what’s going to go viral, and it’s disgusting.”
“Blonde” is set to stream globally on Netflix starting Sept. 28, which means viewers will have the ability to clip or take screenshots of scenes from the movie and share them online. De Armas hopes her nude scenes will be widely circulated online, but the reception of the film has never deterred her from playing Monroe.
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“It’s disturbing just to think about it. I can’t control it; You can’t really control what they do and how they take things out of context,” De Armas said of her nudity being pulled from the film. “I don’t think it gave me second thoughts; It gave me a bad taste to think about the future of those clips.”
“I did things in this movie that I would never have done for anyone else,” De Armas previously said in a Cover Story interview about the risks she took to play Monroe. “I did it for her, and I did it for Andrew.”
De Armas’ performance in “Blonde” resulted in a 14-minute standing ovation at the film’s Venice Film Festival world premiere, the longest standing ovation at the 2022 event. While the film has polarized critics, almost every pundit agrees that De Armas’ work as a Hollywood icon is a must-see.
“The film is built around a performance, Ana de Armas, of great brilliance and imagination and clarity and heartbreak,” diversity wrote film critic Owen Glaberman in his review. “It’s a wonderful piece of acting with a raw scream. … None of the actresses are seen alive just Like Monroe, but with Marilyn the voice is everything — it’s where her personality resides — and De Armas delivers it to an extraordinary degree. In ‘Blonde’, she gives us nothing less than what we came for. She becomes Marilyn Monroe.
Read Armas in full diversity Cover story here.
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