Andrew Dominik had been making an attempt to make a film about Marilyn Monroe for over a decade.

The movie wouldn’t be a biopic, however an experiential portrait delving into the psyche of Marilyn Monroe and Norma Jeane. It stored falling aside, however the New Zealand native couldn’t let it go. Then he discovered Ana de Armas, and, he mentioned, the film got here alive.

“It was like love at first sight,” Dominik mentioned Thursday, earlier than the world premiere of the movie on the Venice International Film Festival. “When the right person walks through the door, you know it.”

“This movie changed my life,” “Blonde” star Ana de Armas mentioned.

The almost three-hour epic relies on a piece of biographical fiction by Joyce Carol Oates and examines the private and non-private lifetime of the Hollywood icon from her troubled childhood as Norma Jeane to her international stardom as Marilyn Monroe and numerous relationships alongside the way in which, from her mom (Julianne Nicholson) to her marriages to Joe DiMaggio (Bobby Cannavale) and Arthur Miller (Adrien Brody).

“I wasn’t very aware of Marilyn. I was familiar with some of her movies, but for me it was a huge discovery and learning process,” de Armas mentioned. “We wanted to honor her in the recreations where she was Marilyn, but I also had a lot of room to create the real woman underneath that character. It was about understanding and empathizing and connecting with her and her pain and her trauma.”

“I wasn’t very aware of Marilyn. I was familiar with some of her movies, but for me it was a huge discovery and learning process,” de Armas said.
“I wasn’t very aware of Marilyn. I was familiar with some of her movies, but for me it was a huge discovery and learning process,” de Armas mentioned.

“We wanted to honor her in the recreations where she was Marilyn, but I also had a lot of room to create the real woman underneath that character. It was about understanding and empathizing and connecting with her and her pain and her trauma.”
“We wanted to honor her in the recreations where she was Marilyn, but I also had a lot of room to create the real woman underneath that character,” de Armas mentioned. “It was about understanding and empathizing and connecting with her and her pain and her trauma.”

“If you put aside the movie star she is, she’s just a woman, just like me,
“If you put aside the movie star she is, she’s just a woman, just like me,” de Armas mentioned. “Same age. It was a project I knew I had to let myself open and go to places I knew were going to be uncomfortable and dark and vulnerable.”

“It was like love at first sight,” director Andrew Dominik said. “When the right person walks through the door, you know it.”
“It was like love at first sight,” director Andrew Dominik mentioned. “When the right person walks through the door, you know it.”

“I wasn’t in character all the time. But I felt that. I was living that. I felt that heaviness and that weight in my shoulders. And I felt that sadness,” de Armas said. “She was all I thought about. She was all I dreamed about. She was all I talked about... It was beautiful. “
“I wasn’t in character all the time. But I felt that. I was living that. I felt that heaviness and that weight in my shoulders. And I felt that sadness,” de Armas mentioned. “She was all I thought about. She was all I dreamed about. She was all I talked about… It was beautiful. ”

“I did this movie to push myself... to make other people change their opinion about me,” she said, through some tears. “This movie changed my life.”
“I did this movie to push myself… to make other people change their opinion about me,” she mentioned, by way of some tears. “This movie changed my life.”

She added: “If you put aside the movie star she is, she’s just a woman, just like me. Same age. It was a project I knew I had to let myself open and go to places I knew were going to be uncomfortable and dark and vulnerable.”

Filming started on Aug. 4, the day Monroe died in 1962 at her house in Los Angeles at age 36. It was an accident and simply the results of some delays. But it additionally was one in every of many occasions the filmmaker and his forged felt a considerably mystical connection to the topic of their movie. Though the story takes many liberties with the information of her life with the intent of attending to the reality of her life, the manufacturing did use actual places just like the residence she and her mom lived in when she was a baby and the home she died in.

“It took on elements of being like a séance,” Dominik mentioned.

Actress Marilyn Monroe and actor Elliot Reed on the set of the film Actress Marilyn Monroe and actor Elliot Reed on the set of the movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ in December 1952.FilmPublicityArchive/United Arch

De Armas agreed that “there was something in the air” being in the identical locations Monroe had lived.

“I wasn’t in character all the time. But I felt that. I was living that. I felt that heaviness and that weight in my shoulders. And I felt that sadness,” de Armas mentioned. “She was all I considered. She was all I dreamed about. She was all I talked about… It was lovely. “

“Blonde” has been hotly anticipated for a while: For taking over a determine like Monroe in an experimental manner, for its score, the primary ever NC-17 film that Netflix has made, a designation set by the Motion Picture Association that forbids these youthful than 17 from watching the movie within the theater. There’s additionally curiosity round de Armas’s efficiency. The Cuba-born actor labored with a dialect coach for a yr to arrange.

“Storytelling that is as brave as this is essential,” her co-star Brody mentioned.

And for him, de Armas did extra than simply play the position. She channeled the particular person.

“The first day of filming, I went home with this sense of awe that I had the privilege of actually working with Marilyn Monroe,” Brody mentioned. “It’s very rare that I can say that someone transported me to another time and place.”

For de Armas, it was concerning the problem.

“I did this movie to push myself… to make other people change their opinion about me,” she mentioned, by way of some tears. “This movie changed my life.”

“Blonde” opens in choose theaters beginning Sept. 16 earlier than turning into obtainable on Netflix on Sept. 23. It’s one in every of many Oscar hopefuls launching in Venice, the place it’s also among the many movies up for the competition’s awards on Saturday.