Ana De Armas said she spent three hours a day with a vocal coach to perfect her accent for Blond during filming Knives out.
The Cuban-Spanish actor stars as famed icon Marilyn Monroe in director Andrew Dominik’s upcoming psychological drama biopic, adapted from Joyce Carol Oates’ 1999 novel of the same name.
De Armas has previously spoken about learning to adopt Monroe’s accent for the film, revealing that she spent nine months with a dialect coach.
The actor – who is set to reprise his role in the upcoming Knives out sequel, titled Glass Onion – has since added that she spends three hours a day with a vocal coach while tackling 12-hour days on the set of Knives out.
The 34-year-old said The LA Times“It was about observing her facial expressions, her mouth, the roundness of her lips, how she showed her lower teeth, and why the ‘o’s were like that.
“Someone’s voice is more than just a specific accent. It says so much more about a person.
De Armas also said that she came to believe that Monroe’s vocal assignments were a manifestation of her emotional needs and distress.
When asked if he was hesitant to choose De Armas given her own accent and the fact that she had only recently learned English as a second language, Dominik admitted to having initial “concerns”.
“I had worries, until I saw her act, then I forgot what I was supposed to worry about,” he said.
The filmmaker continued: “We felt that we were dealing with Norma Jeane [Mortensen, Monroe’s real name] and Norma should look less like a Marilyn Monroe cartoon.
Last month, Monroe’s estate defended De Armas’ accent against criticism from viewers.
“Any actor who steps into this role knows they have big shoes to fill,” said Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of the Monroe estate.
“Based on the trailer alone, it seems Ana was a great casting choice as she captures Marilyn’s glamour, humanity and vulnerability. We can’t wait to see the film in its entirety.
De Armas recently expressed his disagreement with Blondthe NC-17 rating.
The film will become the first Netflix original to receive the Motion Picture Association’s highest rating for sexual content. This is a rating given only to films with content that the MPA deems inappropriate for ages 17 and under.
“I didn’t understand why it happened,” de Armas said. The Official in a new interview. “I can tell you a number of shows or movies that are a lot more explicit with a lot more sexual content than Blond.”
Blond premieres on Netflix on September 28.