Ana de Armas doesn’t know why Blonde is rated NC-17 | Partner Content: Arts, Films and TV
Ana de Armas doesn’t “understand” why “Blonde” was rated NC-17.
The 34-year-old actress portrays the late Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming Netflix film and she admitted she was left baffled when the film received the rating – meaning it shouldn’t be watched by anyone aged 17 or less – because there are so many more “much more explicit” films.
She told Lofficiel USA magazine: “I didn’t understand why it happened. I can tell you about a number of shows or movies that are a lot more explicit with a lot more sexual content than ‘Blonde’.”
However, Ana acknowledged that it was important that the film – which is based on a novel by Joyce Carol Oates – had to “go to some awkward places” to properly tell Marilyn’s story.
She added: “But to tell this story, it’s important to show all those moments in Marilyn’s life that made her end the way she did. It had to be explained. Everyone [in the cast] knew we had to go to uncomfortable places. I was not the only one.
The ‘Knives Out’ star insisted she had to do more than just ‘imitate’ the screen icon in her performance.
She said: “My job was not to imitate him. I was interested in her feelings, her background, her insecurities, and her voice, in the sense that she didn’t really have one.
The Cuban-born star had never seen Marilyn films growing up, so she’s “proud” director Andrew Dominik believed she could play the part.
She said, “I didn’t grow up knowing Marilyn or her movies.
“I’m proud to have Andrew’s confidence and to have the chance to succeed. I feel like whether you’re a Cuban or an American actress, everyone should feel the pressure.