For Blonde, the fake biopic about Marilyn Monroe, Ana de Armas worked hard to get into the skin of the Hollywood icon, but she also transformed herself physically. Netflix has unveiled a video of the preparation of the actress.
Available September 28 on Netflix, Blonde is an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ bestseller of the same name, which tells a fictional version of the tumultuous childhood, meteoric rise and complex love stories of.
With this bold reinterpretation of Norma Jeane / Marilyn Monroe’s life, the director blurs the line between reality and fiction and offers a fictional biopic that explores the huge gap between her public persona and the person she was in private.
It’s Cuban actress Ana de Armas slipping into Norma Jeane / Marilyn Monroe’s skin. And if opinions are totally divergent on the film, the majority of viewers agree that the actress delivers a breathtaking performance and that the resemblance to the Hollywood icon is striking.
A stunning transformation
To become Marilyn Monroe, Ana de Armas spent a lot of time preparing for the role. But she also had to literally transform. Between hair and makeup, Ana de Armas’s makeover took 2.5 to 3 hours a day. It is important to note that the team did not use any prosthetics for Ana to become Marilyn.
Netflix has released a timelapse video of the actress getting ready and her incredible transformation into Marilyn Monroe, which you can watch below.
In a recent interview with, head makeup artist Tina Roesler Kerwin and head hairstylist Jaime Leigh McIntosh revealed their secrets to turning Ana into Marilyn and satisfying director Andrew Dominiki: “She absolutely wanted us not to be satisfied with making up Ana like Marilyn. She wanted us to find Marilyn at Ana, and that became our goal.”
No prosthesis therefore for Ana de Armas but hours of precise make-up and hair styling. The team opted for a silicone cap because silicone lasts longer than a bald cap and can be worn all day.
The actress’s natural hair was tucked under the silicone cap, and then she was styled neatly with a wig that was a replica of Monroe’s signature haircut and changed throughout the day.
The actress also had to wear blue contact lenses for the film, and Tina Roesler Kerwin had to alter the natural shape of de Armas’s eyes by adding false lashes. Another makeup trick – contouring, which allowed Ana de Armas to play with the age.
Finally, the teams played with lipstick colors and shades to get as close to Marilyn’s style as possible, using anecdotes and tricks from the Hollywood icon’s former makeup artists.
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Blonde is available on Netflix.
Mégane Choquet, Allociné, published on 4 October