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Ana de Armas felt the spirit of Marilyn Monroe 'close to us' when filming Blonde in her old house

Spooky: Actress Ana de Armas felt the spirit of late actress Marilyn Monroe when she played her in the film Blonde (pictured during the photocall in Venice on Thursday)

Ana de Armas felt the spirit of late actress Marilyn Monroe when she played her in the movie Blonde.

Speaking at the Venice Film Festival where Blonde premieres on Thursday, the 34-year-old actress said she felt the ghost of Marilyn after the crew was allowed to film in the old houses of Monroe .

She said: “She was everything I thought about, everything I dreamed of, everything I could talk about. She was with me.

‘It was beautiful; she was happy, but she also sometimes threw things off the wall and got angry when she didn’t like something.

Spooky: Actress Ana de Armas felt the spirit of late actress Marilyn Monroe when she played her in the film Blonde (pictured during the photocall in Venice on Thursday)

Spooky: Actress Ana de Armas felt the spirit of late actress Marilyn Monroe when she played her in the film Blonde (pictured during the photocall in Venice on Thursday)

‘I really believe that she was very close to us, she was with us [during production].

“Being in the same places as her, filming at her place, it was a very strong feeling, there was something in the air.

“She approved of what we were doing. I didn’t want to protect myself from that.

She added: “We all feel so much respect and responsibility to do good and honor it.

“Everyone knew we were at her service – doing something bigger than ourselves, more special than just a movie about her.”

Like looking in the mirror: The 34-year-old actress said she felt the ghost of Marilyn (Ana pictured as Marilyn) after the crew was allowed to film in the old houses of Monroe

Like looking in the mirror: The 34-year-old actress said she felt the ghost of Marilyn (Ana pictured as Marilyn) after the crew was allowed to film in the old houses of Monroe

The film is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 book Blonde, and it took director Andrew Dominik 11 years to begin filming.

Director Dominik said: “We were chasing his ghost. We started shooting the film on the anniversary of his death, which was not planned, I only made it the day before.

“When we were shooting that first day, it was the apartment she lived in with her mother. The room in which she dies in the film is the room in which she died. His dust is all over Los Angeles. It definitely took elements of being like a seance.

He said he returned home after the first day: “With a feeling of admiration I filmed with Marilyn Monroe. She transported me to another time and another place. Ana definitely channeled her.

Beaming: Ana's latest film is based on Joyce Carol Oates' 2000 book Blonde, and it took director Andrew Dominik 11 years to begin filming (pictured in Venice on Thursday)

Beaming: Ana’s latest film is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 book Blonde, and it took director Andrew Dominik 11 years to begin filming (pictured in Venice on Thursday)

The film tells the story of the actress’ personal life – her marriages to playwright Arthur Miller and baseball player Joe DiMaggio, her casting experiences as a young woman, and her affair with JFK. The sexual depictions are candid enough to earn it an NC17 rating.

De Armas said, “Most of the movie is about the times when she’s not Marilyn Monroe, she’s Norma Jean.

“It’s about personal moments that aren’t filmed, we had space to create the real woman.”

“If you put the fame aside, she’s just a woman like me, around the same age. It was about connecting with her and her pain.

Asked what the film could do to her career, Ms. de Armas broke down in tears. She said: ‘I made this movie to push myself and because I thought it was a gift to myself; I didn’t make the movie to make other people change their minds about me’

‘No matter what, that’s the experience I take with me. This movie changed my life. It will be what it will be.

So similar: A film of the novel was first attempted in 2010, with Naomi Watts attached to star, but Andrew Dominik struggled to raise the funds to make it (Ana and Adrien Brody pictured)

So similar: A film of the novel was first attempted in 2010, with Naomi Watts attached to star, but Andrew Dominik struggled to raise the funds to make it (Ana and Adrien Brody pictured)

A film of the novel was first attempted in 2010, with Naomi Watts attached to star, but Dominik struggled to raise the funds to make it.

He said, “Some projects you get involved in and they may hold your attention for a year or two, but Blonde would never let me go.” Even when it fell apart, I would still think of Blonde.

De Armas was cast after seeing her in the 2015 thriller Knock Knock. He said, “I knew it was her. It was kind of like love at first sight — when the right person walks through the door, you know… The movie came to life when we found her.

The film will be released on Netflix on September 28.

Becoming Marilyn: Ana de Armas plays the role of Marilyn in Blonde

The original: Marilyn Monroe stuns in a pink number that Ana also wears in the movie Blonde

Before and after: Ana de Armas, left, stars in Blonde as Marilyn Monroe, right, where she wears the same glamorous pink number as the late actress

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