Ana de Armas is this generation’s version of Marilyn Monroe in the new NSFW Netflix film Blonde.
Directed by Andrew Dominik, the drama is rated a rare and stunning NC-17 and is full of sexual scenes and nudity.
De Armas, 34, is aware that certain intimate scenes will be circulating around the internet. But she feels there is nothing she can do about it.
“I know what’s going to go viral and it’s disgusting,” the Cuban actress told Variety in a recent profile.
The Knives Out star continued, “It’s annoying just thinking about it. I can’t control it; you can’t really control what they do and how they take things out of context.”
Adding that her nude scenes were extracted from the film, she added: “I don’t think I’ve thought about it; it just gave me bad taste to think about the future of these clips.
“I did things in this film that I would never have done for anyone else,” said de Armas. “I did it for [Monroe]and I did it for Andrew.”
Blonde is due out on Netflix on September 28 but had its world premiere earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival, where de Armas received a 14-minute standing ovation.
The film is based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates and also stars Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, Toby Huss and Julianne Nicholson.
De Armas was so keen to portray the screen icon’s life story as accurately as possible that she and the crew visited Monroe’s grave in Los Angeles to ask her permission.
“We got this big card and everyone on the crew wrote it a message. Then we went to the cemetery and put it on her grave. We kind of asked permission,” she said in an interview with AnOther Magazine.
The Gray Man actress added, “Everyone felt a huge responsibility and we were very aware of the side of the story we were going to tell – the story of Norma Jean, the person behind this character, Marilyn Monroe. Who was she really?
Dominik, 54, previously said he knew he had found his Monroe when de Armas entered the casting room.
“It was like love at first sight,” said Dominik at the premiere in Venice. “When the right person walks through the door, you’ll know.”