Ana de Armas paid her respects to Marilyn Monroe on more than one occasion while playing the iconic Hollywood woman in Blond.
The 34-year-old Cuban-Spanish actress stars in the new Netflix movie based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates.
In a recent interview with Varietyde Armas said she struggled to get out of the role after filming ended.
“I couldn’t say goodbye,” he said. “I couldn’t get her out of my mind. I couldn’t let her go. I went to visit her cemetery a few times, I would have liked to go one more time”.
Monroe is buried at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles. She 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, as well as singers Roy Orbison, Minnie Riperton, and Dean Martin. Hugh Hefner from Playboy he is buried next to Monroe.
De Armas ended up filming her scenes as Paloma, the glamorous CIA agent who takes down bad guys wearing a tight dress in No Time to Diethe day after finishing his work in Blonde.
“If you think of Paloma now,” he told Variety, “I’m sure there’s something of Marilyn in there. There is! The energy of her and the charm of her and this thing that she had a fire inside – Paloma stole a little bit of her.”
In a different cover story for Magazine AnOther, de Armas spoke about asking Monroe for “permission” at her grave to film the movie.
“We got a great card, and everyone on the team wrote him a message,” he said.
“Then we went to the cemetery and put her in her grave. We were asking permission in some way. Everyone felt a great responsibility and we were very aware of the side of the story that we were going to tell: the story of Norma Jeane, the person behind this character, Marilyn Monroe. Who was she really?
Blonde premieres on Netflix on September 28.