Ana de Armas isn’t the primary actress to painting Marilyn Monroe in movie, tv, and varied different types of media. Nonetheless, Ana, 34, often is the most radical of all performances for the reason that Knives Out star (and Ben Affleck’s ex) will bear her coronary heart, her soul (and certain, her physique) in Blonde, Netflix’s NC-17-rated drama, per Variety. “[The film] boldly reimagines the lifetime of one among Hollywood’s most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe,” the movie’s synopsis reads. “From her unstable childhood as Norma Jeane, by her rise to stardom and romantic entanglements, Blonde blurs the traces of truth and fiction to discover the widening cut up between her private and non-private selves.”
The movie is predicated on Joyce Carol Oates’ bestselling novel of the identical title. Director Andrew Dominick’s “ambitions have been very clear from the beginning — to current a model of Marilyn Monroe’s life by her lens,” de Armas just lately advised Netflix Queue. “He wished the world to expertise what it truly felt prefer to not solely be Marilyn, but additionally Norma Jeane. I discovered that to be probably the most daring, unapologetic, and feminist tackle her story that I had ever seen.”
Because the world prepares for this Blonde bombshell to drop (out on Sept. 23), right here’s what it’s essential know.
Ana and Ben Affleck Had A Critical Romance
The pair met in 2019 whereas filming the thriller Deep Water. They sparked romance rumors when the 48-year-old and Ana have been seen buying and going to cafes collectively in Havana, Cuba, on Mar. 6, 2020, being tremendous flirty. They then jetted to Costa Rica for a romantic seaside trip. The couple made it again to Los Angeles because it went into residence lockdown through the COVID-19 pandemic in late March. Ben and Ana hunkered down and quarantined collectively. The couple may very well be seen passionately making out throughout their day by day walks to get out of the home.
Ultimately, the connection turned critical sufficient that Ana turned shut with Ben’s three kids with ex-wife Jennifer Garner: Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 8. The pair made it by the loopy yr that was 2020, solely to interrupt up in Jan. 2021. However Ana remained beloved by Ben’s household. After the cut up, Ben’s brother Casey Affleck mentioned, “I believe that Ana is simply the sweetest, funniest, smartest, most charming particular person. I believe she gained’t have any issues assembly anyone else,” and added, “I believe she’s a catch in each method.
Ana Was Raised In Havana, Cuba
The world was first launched to Ana when she was introduced as a part of the solid for No Time To Die. The James Bond movie’s producers rolled out the solid listing on Apr. 25, 2019, and Ana was among the many recent faces becoming a member of the Bondverse.
Initially dubbed Bond 25 earlier than the movie’s official title was revealed, the movie sees a retired James Bond “having fun with a tranquil life in Jamaica” after leaving Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The Caribbean setting was good for Ana, who hailed from neighboring Cuba. She was born in Santa Cruz del Norte, in keeping with the Evening Standard, and raised in Havana. She attended Cuba’s Nationwide Theatre Faculty as a group, planting the seeds that might develop into her profitable appearing profession.
Ana Has Spanish Citizenship
Due to her mom, who’s of Spanish descent, Ana was capable of declare Spanish citizenship. After her debut in 2006’s Una rosa de Francia, an 18-year-old Ana moved to Spain. Whereas abroad, she continued to develop her profession. She discovered success within the Spanish TV collection El Internado, a thriller set in a fictional boarding faculty.
Ana’s Breakout Was The ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel
It was Blade Runner 2049 that put Ana on the map in Hollywood. After relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, she appeared in Knock Knock (2015), Fingers Of Stone (2016), and Warfare Canines (2016.) Nonetheless, it was her flip because the character Joi within the sequel to the sci-fi basic that earned Ana important acclaim.
“Denis [Villeneuve, the director of Blade Runner 2049] created such a cushty, wholesome, and protected atmosphere for all of us that I by no means considered it in that method. And Ryan [Gosling], our lead actor, made it precisely the identical,” she advised Harper’s Bazaar. “They’re nice stars onscreen, however on human ranges, they’re simply as fantastic, and I all the time felt very revered and valued.”
After that, she had a star-making function as Marta Cabrera in 2019’s Knives Out. She was on the middle of the Rian Johnson-directed hit, which raked in over $300 million on a $40 million price range.
Ana Is Lively On Social Media
As of June 2022, Ana has 6.8 million Instagram followers. “Social media is nice since you management your personal platform. You’ve gotten the facility to point out who you’re and what you imagine in on the market – whoever follows you will get it straight from the supply, with none filters, and I like that it’s as much as every particular person to resolve,” she mentioned to Harper’s.
“Nonetheless,” she added, “I grew up in Cuba and had a lifetime with no social media or Web – the one factor I grew up with was human contact and interactions, so I do suppose social media can turn out to be harmful when it takes over your life.”