Ana de Armas stuns on the cover of the latest edition of Hollywood Authentic and in the accompanying spread.
The actress, 34, appears in character as the iconic Hollywood screen star, Marilyn Monroe, to front the issue and reflected on portraying the late star in the Netflix film Blonde.
In never-before-seen shots taken by photographer Greg Williams, Ana is pictured in a plunging Louis Vuitton dress at the Venice Film Festival last month.
Stunning: Ana de Armas covers the latest edition of Hollywood Authentic while in character as Marilyn Monroe
On the cover of the Hollywood Authentic, Ana stuns in a strapless white dress and matching silk gloves while in character as Marilyn, who died on August 4, 1962.
Ana wears a deep red lip and her hair out in blonde curls, perfectly channeling the late screen star.
In an accompanying spread, she is seen stunning in a flowing pink gown by Louis Vuitton, in never-before-seen shots from her time at the premiere of the film at the Venice Film Festival last month.
Sitting pretty: In an accompanying spread, she is seen stunning in a flowing pink gown by Louis Vuitton, in never-before-seen shots from her time at the Venice Film Festival last month. Pictured with director Andrew Dominik
Playful: In one playful shot, she is seen playing around with a camera while making her way to the premiere
In one playful shot, she is seen playing around with a camera while making her way to the premiere.
Ana told the publication that upon first getting the coveted role in the film, she herself questioned her casting.
‘I wasn’t even certain the part was right for me, to be honest. In the beginning, I thought I would be dealing with someone completely different from me,’ she said about portraying the late screen star.
She said that as she researched Marilyn, she found that they had quite a few things ‘in common’ and never again questioned if she was right for the role.
Ana went on to say that she can relate to Marilyn’s struggle to be ‘taken seriously as an actor’ after being ‘put in a box’ in terms of the roles she received.
Reflecting: Ana told the publication that upon first getting the coveted role in the film, she herself questioned her casting. Pictured: Ana in character
Leading lady: She said that as she researched Marilyn, she found that they had quite a few things ‘in common’ and never again questioned if she was right for the role
‘It was partly about her being a woman in what was a very exploitative environment, trying to make people take you seriously as an actor. I can relate to that,’ Ana said.
‘In many ways it hasn’t changed. The industry still puts you in a particular box and those are the type of roles you have to deliver. But those limitations don’t interest me that much. I don’t want to be in a box and I think Marilyn was really smart, she knew how the business worked, and she tried to get out of her box.’
The film was directed by Andrew Dominik, while Brad Pitt served as a producer on the biographical psychological drama.
It also co-stars Adrien Brody and Bobby Cannavale.
The film has received mixed reviews from critics, while some viewers revealed they turned off the movie after just 20 minutes because it was so ‘cruel and heartbreaking’.
‘Tried to watch @netflix Blonde. Couldn’t stomach more than about 20 minutes of the nearly 3 hours length. That 20 minutes was nothing but cruel and heartbreaking,’ posted one angered viewer, along with a string of thumbs down emojis. ‘Absolutely unwatchable,’ one fan tweeted.
Another viewer said they felt ‘vindicated’ seeing they weren’t the only one ‘disgusted’ by the film.
‘I watched the first 20 minutes of #blonde and then immediately had to check twitter to see if I was missing something or if other people were as disgusted as I am. I feel vindicated,’ the viewer posted.
There was at least one defender, however, with a fan praising the film and leading star Ana de Armas.
‘Blonde is out and only 20 minutes in im totally into it. Ana de Armas is sooooo so good! Also men are evil,’ tweeted the fan.
Blonde finally landed on Netflix on Wednesday after more than a decade of troubled production.
While critics have praised Ana de Armas’ performance, they cannot agree whether the uncompromising, nearly three-hour film is an artistic tour de force or another cruel layer of exploitation perpetrated against the 20th century icon.
For ID magazine, Blonde is ‘guttural, instinctive, anguished filmmaking that bends space, time, and every cinematic tool at its disposal in service of attaining emotional truth’.
Or viewers might take the position of the New Yorker’s Richard Brody, who called it ‘ridiculously vulgar’, seeing the endless torment that Monroe experiences on-screen as ‘a special kind of directorial sadism’.
What a moment: Ana received a standing ovation at the premiere in Venice
Star: Ana looked every inch the Hollywood star at the festival