Blonde star Ana de Armas spent two and a half hours in hair and makeup every day to play famous Hollywood actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe.
Ana de Armas spent two and a half hours in the makeup chair becoming Marilyn Monroe for Blonde, directed by Andrew Dominik and streamed now on Netflix. Since it broke out in the much-loved mystery knives in 2019, de Armas has evolved into a real star. Inside Blondede Armas leads the film as its protagonist Norma Jeane and her alter ego Marilyn Monroe.
Blonde takes viewers on a journey through a fictionalized version of Monroe’s life based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates. The film was the subject of much interest in the months leading up to its release due to the popularity of de Armas, the well-known figure at its center, and the much-discussed NC-17 rating. Although the film itself received mixed reviews, in part due to its sexually free content, critics praised Armas’ performance as Monroe.
Blonde Makeup Department Head Tina Roesler Kerwin and Hair Department Head Jaime Leigh McIntosh spoke with Variety, detailing how they transformed from Armas to the film, which took two and a half hours a day. Kerwin explained that they sought “find our Marilyn in Ana and not put Marilyn’s hair and makeup on Ana, but define our Marilyn and define her in the best possible way.” The process involved a silicone cap to cover Armas’ thick, dark hair and survive the whirlwind of changes in the weather. Blondeblue contact lenses and false eyelashes to change the look of Armas’ eyes, and contour to age Armas or make her look younger depending on the scene.
How Marilyn Monroe de Armas compares to real life
Blonde it also recreates some scenes from Monroe’s film career, giving the hair and makeup departments the task of painstaking replication. This is one of the most impressive aspects of the film and it’s well worth the time de Armas spent in his chair every day. The hard work of the hair and makeup teams complements his performance as Monroe and contributes to the film’s most authentic elements. even weapons knives co-star Chris Evans was so fooled by a De Armas tape in character that he mistook her for the real Monroe.
Still, Kerwin makes an important distinction in her comments, explaining that the hair and makeup teams had to find De Armas’ version of the real-life figure, rather than making her an exact copycat. The realistic accuracy of an appearance or accent need not necessarily be the salient revision point for a work of historical fiction like Blonde. The film can be judged by the emotion it evokes towards one of Hollywood’s most misunderstood sex symbols. In case of Blondede Armas’ look in the film strikes a good balance between the two.