Ana de Armas channels the old Hollywood glamor of Marilyn Monroe in a plunging pink dress as she leads the stars with the suave Brad Pitt at the premiere of Blonde during the Venice Film Festival
Ana de Armas exuded Marilyn Monroe glamor as she attended the Venice Film Festival premiere of her film, Blonde, based on the iconic star’s life.
The Spanish actress, 34, looked amazing in a plunging pink dress as she joined a very suave Brad Pitt as they led the stars down the red carpet.
She wowed the crowds with her stunning vintage look with her brunette locks styled in 50s-inspired sculpted waves.
Sensational: Ana de Armas, 34, exuded Marilyn Monroe glamor as she attended the Venice Film Festival premiere of her film, Blonde, based on the life of the iconic star
Marking her first starring role, the drama is a fictionalized take on the icon’s life, written and directed by Andrew Dominik and adapted from the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates.
When the streaming giant released the trailer on July 28, Twitter users called Ana’s accent “awful”, with some saying she “looks nothing like Marilyn Monroe”.
Responding to the backlash, Ana, who only learned English in 2015, admitted she “didn’t grow up knowing Marilyn or her films”.
Handsome: Anna was joined on the red carpet by Brad Pitt who put on a suave display
Glamour: The Spanish actress looked amazing in a plunging pink dress, with her brunette locks styled in 50s-inspired sculpted waves
“I’m proud to have Andrew’s confidence and the chance to succeed. I feel like whether you’re a Cuban or American actress, everyone should feel the pressure.
“My job wasn’t to imitate him,” defended Ana, who spent nine months working with dialect coach Jessica Drake.
“I was interested in her feelings, her background, her insecurities and her voice, in the sense that she didn’t really have one.”
While Blonde isn’t fully licensed by the Marilyn Monroe Estate, Ana’s performance was very successful at first.
Monroe’s estate representative, Marc Rosen, told Variety on August 1, “Ana was a great casting choice because she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity and vulnerability.”
The cast was also championed by two-time Oscar winner Brad Pitt, who is one of Blonde’s six credited producers.
‘She’s phenomenal in it. It’s a tough dress to fill,’ the co-founder of Plan B Entertainment told ET on August 1.
“It took 10 years of preparation. It wasn’t until we found Ana that we were able to cross the finish line.
Blonde author Joyce Carol Oates and Jamie Lee Curtis – whose father Tony Curtis (played by Michael Masini) co-starred with Monroe in Some Like It Hot – have both seen the film and fully approve of it.
Curtis, who co-starred with Ana in Knives Out, said she saw an early cut of the film and “fell to the ground”. I could not believe it. Ana was completely gone. It was Marilyn.
In February, blonde director Andrew Dominik said the early backlash was “the fucking audience’s problem” and assured “the one thing no one will complain about is Ana’s performance”.
“It’s an NC-17 movie about Marilyn Monroe, that’s kind of what you want, isn’t it?” the 54-year-old Kiwi director told Screen International.
“I want to go see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story.”
All-Star Cast: . Adrien Brody (pictured with Ana as Arthur Miller in the film), Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel and Julianne Nicholson also appear in supporting roles