Ana de Armas disagrees with Blonde’s NC-17 rating for sexual content: ‘I didn’t understand why this happened’

Ana de Armas disagrees Blond‘s NC-17 rating, arguing that it’s nowhere near as explicit as other films and shows.

The 34-year-old Cuban-Spanish actor plays famed icon Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming psychodrama biopic.

Based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, it became the first Netflix original film to receive the Motion Picture Association’s highest rating for sexual content. This is a rating given only to films whose content the MPA deems unsuitable for persons under the age of 17.

“I didn’t understand why that happened,” de Armas said L’Officiel in a new interview. “I can point you to a number of shows or films that are much more explicit and have a lot more sexual content than Blond.

“But to tell this story, it’s important to show all of those moments in Marilyn’s life that led to her ending the way she did. It had to be explained. All [in the cast] knew we had to go to uncomfortable places. I wasn’t the only one.”

Ahead of its release, director Andrew Dominik has already predicted that the film “will offend everyone,” with actor Adrien Brody – who stars as Hollywood star playwright Arthur Miller’s husband – agreeing that “there will be some controversy.”

“It’s a challenging film,” Dominik said screen daily in February of this year. “If the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the damn audience’s problem. It is not running for public office.”

Netflix Marilyn Monroe film Blonde starring Ana de Armas


Oates has already praised the adaptation, saying, “I think [Dominik] managed to show the experience of Norma Jeane Baker [Monroe’s real name] from their perspective, rather than seeing it from the outside, the male view of a woman.”

Blond Premiered on Netflix on September 28th. Ana de Armas disagrees with Blonde’s NC-17 rating for sexual content: ‘I didn’t understand why this happened’


JOE HERNANDEZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JOE HERNANDEZ joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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