Inside Ana de Armas’s Marilyn Monroe Transformation for Blonde

When Ana de Armas first noticed herself totally dressed as Marilyn Monroe in Netflix’s extremely anticipated new movie Blonde, a curler coaster of feelings hit her onerous.

“It felt so actual. It was a really robust sensation… as a result of it is onerous for me to not relate to the story of what was taking place to her and to the girl within the story,” de Armas advised reporters on the movie’s Hollywood premiere on Tuesday night held on the TCL Chinese language Theatre the place Monroe, as a younger woman, would spend weekends watching movies.

Written and directed by Andrew Dominik, Blonde is predicated on Joyce Carol Oates‘ 1999 novel of the identical identify that reimagines Marilyn Monroe’s internal life, from her extraordinarily fraught childhood as Norma Jeane Mortenson to her rise to Hollywood superstardom and her risky romantic relationships. The practically three-hour movie, produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Leisure, is 14 years within the making.

To rework into Monroe, she stated on the premiere, de Armas spent three hours each morning of the nine-week manufacturing donning a stocking cap and having prosthetics glued beneath her custom-made platinum blonde wigs to hide her pure hairline. As well as, she had her brows bleached and shaved. She additionally wore blue contacts to cowl her naturally hazel eyes, and had pretend lashes strategically positioned onto her eyes to change the form of her eyes to match Monroe’s. Each bodily element was painstakingly checked. Even the situation of Monroe’s mole, most frequently seen on her decrease left cheek, was referenced.

“On most days Ana can be guiding my hand and we might get proper to the spot the place Marilyn had it on her face and dot it,” stated Tina Roesler Kerwin, the movie’s make-up division head, on the pink carpet previous to the screening. “There was a time the place Marilyn moved it and put it down close to her chin. It is within the film as effectively.”

In the course of the intense analysis to recreate Monroe-inspired seems for de Armas, Kerwin and her staff found Monroe typically slathered petroleum jelly on her face as a part of her make-up routine, particularly throughout picture shoots. “Marilyn all the time had this lovely glow in images and her secret trick was she used Vaseline as a result of it was reflective and it bounced again a variety of mild and gave her a variety of glow,” stated Kerwin, who additionally labored on High Gun: Maverick. “We opted to do one thing else that was extra up to date and higher for Ana’s pores and skin long run.”

Actual replicas of Monroe’s iconic clothes had been created for Blonde, together with the pink robe with the big bow from Gents Favor Blondes and the William Travilla-designed hand-pleated skirt seen within the Seven Yr Itch‘s well-known New York subway grate scene, which de Armas stated was her favourite costume to put on.

“Constructing the William Travilla costume was the toughest to make. It needed to be an actual match to the {photograph} we had been basing it on,” stated costume designer Jennifer Johnson. “We used conventional pleating strategies and added further yardage of the skirt to make it exaggerated. We used 50 yards of cloth persevering with to make the skirt, remaking it, re-pleating it, and up till the eleventh hour, we made the proper one. Ana actually took flight in that costume.”

Based on Johnson, a non-traditional wardrobe method that Monroe would typically use for her seems was to stitch marbles into her bra in an effort to make her nipples seem extra distinguished. “I selected to not do it as a result of it might look so foolish, however Marilyn was so sensible and located inventive methods to look her greatest.”

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