Ana de Armas Spent Nine Months Perfecting Marilyn Monroe Voice for ‘Blonde’: ‘It Was a Big Torture’

Ana de Armas Spent Nine Months Perfecting Marilyn Monroe Voice for ‘Blonde’: ‘It Was a Big Torture’
While Netflix’s 2021 original films lineup includes heavy hitters like Adam McKay’s star-studded comedy “Don’t Look Up,” one of the most anticipated titles for indie cinephiles is, without question, Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde.” The long-awaited Marilyn Monroe biographical drama is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel, which takes a fictionalized look at the inner life of the Hollywood icon. The project is the first narrative feature in nine years from “The Assassination of Jesse James” and “Killing Them Softly” director Dominik, who handpicked de Armas to be his leading lady. In an interview with The Times of London, the actress said she spent nearly a whole year perfecting Monroe’s accent.

“I tried! It only took me nine months of dialect coaching, and practicing, and some Adr sessions [rerecording dialogue after filming],” de Armas said of getting the voice just right. “It was a big torture, so exhausting. My brain was fried.”

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