Ana de Armas earns some of the best reviews of her career for her performance as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde,” and yet she’s well aware that her nude scenes will eventually get the most attention online. As the actor said during her Variety cover story interview: “I know what’s going viral, and it’s disgusting.”
“Blonde” will be streaming worldwide on Netflix starting September 28, meaning viewers will be able to cut scenes from the movie or take screenshots and share them online. De Armas expects her nude scenes to circulate widely online, but that film’s reception has never stopped her from taking on the role of Monroe.
“It’s disturbing just to think about it. I can’t control it; you don’t really have control over what they do and how they take things out of context,” de Armas said of her nude scenes taken from the film. “I don’t think it made me think twice; it just gave me 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, ever,” de Armas said in the cover story interview earlier about the risks she took playing 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 Venice Film Festival world premiere, the longest ovation at the event in 2022. While the film has polarized critics, almost every pundit agrees that De Armas’ work as the Hollywood icon is a must-see.
“The film is built around a performance, by Ana de Armas, of breathtaking brilliance and imagination and candor and heartbreak,” Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review. “It’s a sumptuous piece of acting with a raw scream in it. … No living actress will watch only like Monroe, but with Marilyn, the voice is everything – that’s where her personality lives – and the Armas nails it to an uncanny extent. In ‘Blonde’ she gives us nothing less than what we came for. She’s going to be Marilyn Monroe.”
Read the full version of the Armas Variety cover story here.