Ana de Armas paid her respects to Marilyn Monroe more than once while appearing as a Hollywood icon in Blond.
The 34-year-old Cuban-Spanish actor stars in the new Netflix film based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates.
In a new interview with diversityde Armas said she struggled to walk away from the role after filming wrapped.
“I couldn’t say goodbye,” she said. “I couldn’t shake it. I couldn’t let her go. I’ve visited her cemetery a couple of times – I would have loved to go again.”
Monroe is buried at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles. It is also the final resting place of many other stars, including authors Truman Capote and Jackie Collins, actors Jack Lemmon, Burt Lancaster and Natalie Wood, and singers Roy Orbison, Minnie Riperton and Dean Martin. Hugh Hefner of playboy is famously buried next to Monroe.
De Armas ended up filming her scenes as Paloma, the glamorous CIA agent who takes down bad guys in a thigh-slit dress no time to die the day after finishing work Blond.
“Now that you think of Paloma,” she told Variety, “I’m sure there’s something Marilyn in there. There is! Her energy and her charm and that thing where she was lit from within — Paloma stole a little bit from her.”
In a separate cover story for another magazine, de Armas spoke of asking for “permission” to shoot the film of Monroe at her grave.
“We got this big card and everyone on the crew texted it,” she said.
“Then we went to the cemetery and put it on her grave. In a way, we asked permission. Everyone felt a great responsibility and we were very aware of the side of the story we were going to tell – the story of Norma Jeane, the person behind this character, Marilyn Monroe. Who was she really?
Blond Premiered on Netflix on September 28th.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/blonde-netflix-ana-de-armas-marilyn-monroe-b2172689.html Ana de Armas says she visited Marilyn Monroe’s grave “a couple of times” while filming Blonde