Knives out star Ana de Armas says, trying out the role of Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming film Blonde is a revolutionary moment for her, as it marks the first time a Cuban actor has played the Hollywood icon.
Andrew Dominik’s film about the 1950s star is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same name.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Ana de Armas said that although the director was convinced after the first audition, she needed to do more auditions for the “money people.”
“I only auditioned for Marilyn, and Andrew said, ‘It’s you,’ but I had to audition for everyone. Producers. Money people. I always have people to convince,” said the actress, adding that she was confident that he would be successful on paper.
“Playing Marilyn was revolutionary.”
A Cuban who plays Marilyn Monroe. I wanted it so bad. You see this famous photo of her, and she’s smiling right now, but that’s just a fragment of what happened back then,” added Armas.
The actor said his association with Dominik for the film was far more collaborative than most of his previous stints with directors like Rian Johnson, Denis Villeneuve, and Cary Joji Fukunaga.
“I haven’t worked as closely with a director as I did with Andrew.”
Yes, he was in a collaborative relationship, but I get calls at midnight because he has an idea, and he can’t sleep, and suddenly he can’t sleep for the same reason…” said Armas.
Knives Out co-star Jamie Lee Curtis, whose father starred opposite Monroe in the 1959 Billy Wilder romantic comedy Some Like It Hot, told the outlet that she was excited about De Armas when he disappeared the role after she had seen her test images on the screen.
“I know when she showed me a video of herself blonde screen tests, I fell to the ground. I could not believe it. Ana de Armas was completely gone. She was Marilyn,” Curtis said.
Netflix’s Team Blonde is produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B entertainment banner. The film is scheduled to release this year.