Ana de Armas on ‘Blonde’: ‘I didn’t feel exploited because I was in control’

Here are some photos of Ana de Armas promoting Blonde at the San Sebastian Film Festival this past weekend. Both of her looks – at the photocall and premiere – are Louis Vuitton. I kind of like the gold top and I wish it was a cocktail dress rather than a cropped top. The black skirt is pretty meh with it. The trousers with the white blouse… that’s an okay look. It’s not what I would have selected for Ana, but it works on her. Anyway, Ana is promoting the hell out of Blonde and all of her interviews are kind of running together for me. She spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the NC-17 rating and how she actually didn’t feel exploited:

Ana on the nudity & the exploitation scenes: “It’s harder for people to watch [those scenes] than for me to make them, because I understood what I was doing and I felt very protected and safe. I didn’t feel exploited because I was in control. I made that decision. I knew what the movie I was doing. I trusted my director. I felt like I was in a safe environment. We had hundreds of conversations about these scenes. Everyone felt a deep respect for the movie we were making. And in that sense, I had no fear. I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all, even though they were really hard scenes.”

On the oral sex scene (a big reason for the NC-17 rating): “We actually did two takes of that scene only. We had an intimacy coordinator with us all the time, and she was very helpful. But I wouldn’t even say these scenes were more difficult than any other scene. It was just a part of a whole story. I knew exactly what the shot was going to be. I knew exactly what was going to be seen, what was not going to be seen, and it felt like it was the right thing to do.”

On Norma Jeane: “People have been ignoring the woman that was underneath the character. This character was created, and Norma Jeane was completely trapped inside her.”

Playing an icon: “It’s unfair for anyone to be put in a position of being an icon. People are less forgiving of things because you’re supposed to be perfect, and you represent this ideal of something that people want to be. It’s very tough to change that narrative.”

[From EW]

EW says the oral sex scene is in “extreme closeup” and that the movie also includes an abortion scene where they put a camera inside of her?? While I’m glad that Ana didn’t feel like SHE was being exploited, holy f–king sh-t. At some point, most actresses probably would have said “you know what, no, let’s not do it that way.” While I’m completely disturbed that Andrew Dominik has made an exploitative film about the ways in which Marilyn Monroe was exploited, I genuinely believe Ana de Armas was exploited here too – they used her unfamiliarity with Hollywood against her and made what amounts to Marilyn torture-p0rn. I’m also growing so very tired of Ana being sent out to defend the film and Dominik’s choices. Not to mention, producer Brad Pitt has been pretty f–king quiet about this too.

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Emmi says:

    The more she talks about it, the less I want to watch that movie. It sounds horrid. Is this really what audiences look for these days? Are women really going to watch this thinking “Wow, this is a new take on the exploitation of women/Marilyn.” I don’t get it, what is the point?

    • taris says:

      “i wasn’t exploited at all, this was so empowering.”

      honey, they all say that then 10 years later it’s “actually, i was really uncomfortable on that set…”🙄

  2. Justjj says:

    Ummm a camera inside her and she actually gave a bj/extreme bj close up??????? This can’t be real.

    • Emily says:

      They didn’t put a camera inside her, it’s a CGI shot. I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t even be possible.

  3. girl_ninja says:

    Oh dear.

  4. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Would she have done all that had she not been asked? I mean she says she’s in control, but did she write the script? The more I hear about this movie, the less I wanna watch as well, and yes, it does sound exploitative on different levels.

    • taris says:

      was thinking precisely the same thing.

      women – in hollywood as in the real world – convince themselves that they’re “in control” and everything they do is a “choice”, then 9 times out of ten, will do a backflip and look at certain experiences differently years later.

      control is often an illusion.

    • tealily says:

      I mean, presumably she read the script before she accepted the project.

  5. Lala11_7 says:

    CBS did a miniseries based on the Oates novel in 2001…also called “Blonde” starring Poppy Montgomery…Patricia Richardson…Patrick Dempsey…etc…and it’s on Tubi right now…I watched it the other day & I thought it was GREAT! I thought Poppy should have gotten an Emmy nod for her portrayal of Norma Jean/Marilyn…for folks who want to see a screen adaptation of this MAGNIFICENT novel without the harsh reality of the upcoming Netflix series…this is a WONDERFUL option.

  6. Emily says:

    I saw the movie. Those scenes sound a LOT more graphic than they actually are. And we don’t even see anything in the “close-up” bj scene, it’s merely implied. The NC-17 is kind of silly, this movie easily could’ve been rated R.

    • tealily says:

      Thanks, Emily. This is exactly what I assumed. I’ll wait until I watch myself to form an opinion.

    • Sara says:

      The scenes are graphic and disgusting but that’s not what bothers me the most.The most disturbing thing is the director Dominik is such a misogynistic idiot and has the utmost comptent for Marylin,it’s baffling.Everything he said about her is just mind blowing baffling and super offensive. The accent, the scenes are all here to distract us from the real issue : the utter misogyny.
      Just some reviews:
      « Dominik can’t conceive of Monroe as anything but a victim, he can’t even grant her the respect of seeing her as, at the very least, a participant in her success and her undoing.« 
      « Imagine having your personhood lied about and assassinated in this way for the greed, ambition and fame of others. That is Andrew Dominik and Ana de Armas’ Blonde.« 
      « BLONDE is a disgusting, exploitative, and misogynist fictionalized look at Marilyn Monroe’s life.

      We have lots to say about Andrew Dominik’s infuriating film that wallows in trauma & insults Monroe’s legacy — none of it is good.
      « In Andrew Dominik’s movie “Blonde,” Marilyn Monroe “endures an overwhelming series of relentless torments that, far from arousing fear and pity, reflect a special kind of directorial sadism,”« 

      The film has a single idea—that Monroe was a victim—and is happy to victimize her, over and over.

  7. Laura says:

    I can’t wait to watch the movie and form my own opinion but primarily I am not against being explicit about the harsh reality of what (female) movie stars of that time had to do to become myths. That is my opinion about the sex scenes. And the gynecological aspects? Not against showing that pregnancies are real biological facts that turn women’s bodies (and minds) around forever.

  8. milliemollie says:

    ADA has been working in Hollywood since 2014, Blonde happened years later. She wasn’t unfamiliar with Hollywood when the movie was made. She read the book and script, she knew what kind of movie she was signing up for.
    The only one being exploited is MM.

    • Aly says:

      Ana is parched. I figured that out when she started dating Ben Affleck. She is clearly someone who is willing to do anything to get ahead. She probably thought this movie had Oscar bait written all over it because it’s basically a tragedy. She doesn’t have an ounce of sympathy for what Marilyn went through IRL.

    • Silver Charm says:

      Yep, we don’t need to infatilize Ana. She’s not brand new. She also has been very open about wanting to be famous.

    • Celine says:

      I don’t understand why Ana is coddled or treated with kids gloves. She is 34,been in this business since she was 18 and left Cuba at that age for Spain and been in the US for 8-9 years,was engaged with one of the most powerful agent,Franklin Klatt. She is not some naive young woman. What frustrates me the most is that she is using Marylin’s ghost to justify this horrible movie.

  9. SomeChick says:

    the more I hear about this move the more awful it sounds.
    who would want to see such a thing?!

    • Sara says:

      « Blonde’ isn’t really about Marilyn Monroe. It’s about making her suffer »
      « In “Blonde,” Monroe’s pain is never final. The insults, the abandonments, the beatings, the rapes, the addictions, the losses of consciousness and selfhood — these aren’t just cruel twists or setbacks; they’re the movie’s organizing principles. »
      This the LA times review and this is what Ana said : ‘It’s about the things we haven’t seen, the moments when the cameras aren’t flashing or rolling, when Marilyn is not ‘on’,’ said the Cuban-born beauty.
      ‘It’s fiction. We don’t have proof this happened. But it fills the gaps in the things we already know with a version of events that we should at least consider.’

      • SosaMarie says:

        Wow,did you see the New Yorker ?
        “The movie is ridiculously vulgar—the story of Monroe as if it were channelled through Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. The character endures an overwhelming series of relentless torments that, far from arousing fear and pity, reflect a special kind of directorial sadism.”

  10. MangoAngelesque says:

    Ana isn’t some ingenue who doesn’t understand how Hollywood works. She’s been actively working in the industry, in multiple countries, for several years and is a full grown adult. She’s not a particularly interesting or talented one, in
    my opinion, but she’s hardly a naïf being manipulated by the men around her.

    This movie sounds like it’s in terrible taste, but that’s only because it’s just one more film capitalizing on Marilyn’s trauma. Not because a 30-something experienced actress chose to do NC-17 scenes in it.

    • Céline says:

      +10000 Posters here want to act like Ana is some innocent girl whom men are taking advantage of…lol.I suspect Ana wants to succeed at all costs.

  11. Kat says:

    So this is ADA’s Brown Bunny. Got it.