Marilyn Monroe Estate Defends Ana de Armas’ Accent in ‘Blonde’
The Official Estate of Marilyn Monroe has come to the defense of Ana de Armas, who plays the Hollywood icon in Andrew Dominik and the upcoming Netflix drama “Blonde.” An official trailer for the film premiered online on July 28 and left many viewers outraged at de Armas’ casting because her accent didn’t entirely match Monroe’s signature tone. The film is not authorized by Monroe’s estate, but the group nonetheless supports de Armas’ casting.
“Marilyn Monroe is a singular Hollywood and pop culture icon who transcends generations and history,” said Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of the Marilyn Monroe Estate. “Any actor who steps into this role knows they have big shoes to fill. Based on the trailer alone, it looks like Ana was a great casting choice as she captures the glamour, humanity and vulnerability by Marilyn. We can’t wait to see the film in its entirety!
De Armas previously told The Times of London that she spent nearly an entire year working on her Monroe accent for “Blonde” before filming began. The actor said: “It took me nine months of dialect coaching, practice and ADR sessions. [to get the accent right]. It was a great torture, so exhausting. My brain was fried.
“Blonde” is based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. The drama reimagines Monroe’s life, from her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane to her rise to stardom. The supporting cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams. The film will debut in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
The majority of complaints about de Armas’ casting noted that she maintained her Cuban accent, which is not Monroe’s sound. De Armas told Vanity Fair in 2020 that Dominik’s decision to cast a Cuban actor as an American icon was “groundbreaking.”
“I only had to audition for Marilyn once and Andrew said ‘That’s you,’ but I had to audition for everyone,” de Armas told the magazine. “The producers. The money people. I always have people to convince. But I knew I could do it. Playing Marilyn was revolutionary. A Cuban playing Marilyn Monroe. she and she’s smiling right now, but that’s only part of what she was really going through at the time.
Netflix will open “Blonde” globally on September 28.