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My Job Wasn’t To Imitate Her: Ana de Armas Responds To Critics Over Her Marilyn Monroe Voice In ‘Blonde’

Ahead of the premiere of “Blonde”, Ana de Armas has been hit with criticisms over her voice in the portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, and the Cuban-Spanish actress makes it clear that she’s not imitating the Hollywood and cultural icon.

Ana de Armas says she prioritized Monroe’s feelings and journey over mimicking her voice

The biographical drama’s initial trailer was released in June which showed de Armas putting on a blond wig and speaking in an accent that did not exactly feel like the voice of Marilyn Monroe.

During an interview with French fashion magazine L’Official on Wednesday, de Armas worded on the criticism, stating “My job wasn’t to imitate her,” in the wake of working with a dialect coach for months and learning about Monroe.

Rather than copying Monroe, de Armas wanted her depiction to prioritize the person over popularity. “I was interested in her feelings, her journey, her insecurities, and her voice, in the sense that she didn’t really have one,” she added.

Adrien Brody and Bobby Cannavale will also be starring in Blonde, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. The flick aims to re-explore the life of Monroe aka Norma Jeane Baker, and wants to dive into both of her front and behind-the-camera stories. The film will premiere on Netflix on 23rd September and carries an NC-17 label.

However, de Armas has not been very accepting of the film’s rating. “I didn’t understand why that happened,” said the 34-year-old, “I can tell you a number of shows or movies that are way more explicit with a lot more sexual content than ‘Blonde.’ But to tell this story it is important to show all these moments in Marilyn’s life that made her end up the way that she did.”

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Though the content might be straightforward, de Armas said all of the scenes are pivotal to the story. “It needed to be explained. Everyone (in the cast) knew we had to go to uncomfortable places. I wasn’t the only one,” she added. [H/T]

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