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Ana de Armas says once she got into costume as Marilyn Monroe she felt the icon


‘It felt like she was back!’ Ana de Armas says once she got into costume as Marilyn Monroe it was ’emotional’ and now she is ‘very protective of her’

Ana De Armas talked about seeing herself as Marilyn Monroe for the first time in her upcoming film Blonde, where she portrays the iconic actress.

On Friday, the Cuban actress told Today host Willie Geist about how she remembered the first time she looked in the mirror after being transformed into her character as the blonde beauty.

‘Everyone in the room started crying; I can tell you that. It was very emotional. It became real… you know?’ said the star.

Huge role to play: Ana De Armas talked about seeing herself as Marilyn Monroe for the first time in her upcoming film Blonde, where she portrays the iconic actress

Huge role to play: Ana De Armas talked about seeing herself as Marilyn Monroe for the first time in her upcoming film Blonde, where she portrays the iconic actress

Transformation: The Spanish actress told Today host Willie Geist how she remembered the first time she had looked in the mirror after being transformed into her character as the Blonde beauty

Transformation: The Spanish actress told Today host Willie Geist how she remembered the first time she had looked in the mirror after being transformed into her character as the Blonde beauty

The real deal: Monroe was the biggest star of her day; seen here in 1951

The real deal: Monroe was the biggest star of her day; seen here in 1951

‘I had done tons of wardrobe fittings, I have like over a hundred wardrobe changes in the movie, and then I did separately, hair tests and make-up tests, but never together. So, that day was kind of like… it felt like she was back or something. I don’t know…I get emotional thinking about it.’

Ana described how she developed a kinship with the icon after studying her life, saying, ‘For sure, I feel very protective of her.’

Blonde is based on the iconic star’s life, charting her career through her humble origins as Norma Jeane Mortenson to the superstar actress known as Marilyn Monroe.

Back to life: ‘Everyone in the room started crying; I can tell you that. It was very emotional. It became real… you know’

Back to life: ‘Everyone in the room started crying; I can tell you that. It was very emotional. It became real… you know’ 

Embodying an icon: Ana described how she developed a kinship with the icon after studying her life, saying, ‘for sure, I feel very protective of her’

Embodying an icon: Ana described how she developed a kinship with the icon after studying her life, saying, ‘for sure, I feel very protective of her’

So similar in looks and style: Ana as Marilyn in the film Niagara from 1953

So similar in looks and style: Ana as Marilyn in the film Niagara from 1953

According to Netflix, the movie will tell her private story, a reimagined version of the actress’ life told through a modern lens.

The film is produced by Brad Pitt’s company Plan B, and will be available on the streaming service Netflix on September 23.

The cast also features Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller and Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio.

Sounding like the star: Ana was born in Cuba, and to cover her natural accent, she worked with a dialect coach for a year to prepare for the role

Sounding like the star: Ana was born in Cuba, and to cover her natural accent, she worked with a dialect coach for a year to prepare for the role

Ana was born in Cuba, and to cover her natural accent, she worked with a dialect coach for a year to prepare for the role.

She previously admitted that she struggled with the process of studying Monroe’s voice.

‘It took me nine months of dialect coaching, and practicing and some ADR sessions [to get the accent right],’ she told the London Times.

She also admitted, ‘It was a big torture, so exhausting. My brain was fried.’

Her private life: According to Netflix, the movie will tell her private story, a reimagined version of the actress’s life told through a modern lens

Her private life: According to Netflix, the movie will tell her private story, a reimagined version of the actress’s life told through a modern lens

A pinup: Ana was born in Cuba, and to cover her natural accent, she worked with a dialect coach for a year to prepare for the role. She previously admitted that she struggled with the process of studying Monroe’s voice

A pinup: Ana was born in Cuba, and to cover her natural accent, she worked with a dialect coach for a year to prepare for the role. She previously admitted that she struggled with the process of studying Monroe’s voice

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