Ana de Armas creates the most iconic moment in history by her epic transformation to Marilyn Monroe the Hollywood icon for the movie “blonde”. The first teaser trailer for the eagerly awaited Marilyn Monroe movie, BLONDE, was published by Netflix. The movie’s lead actress, Ana de Armas, revealed previously that it took her nearly four hours of makeup each day to get from her trademark brunette bob to the star’s platinum blonde locks.
We get a closer look at her character in the brief 50-second preview as she sobs in a backstage mirror. The famous scene where Monroe stands over a subway vent with her white skirt flying up around her waist is also recreated for our enjoyment. Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, and Julianne Nicholson are also featured in the movie, which is based on the same-titled book by Joyce Carol Oates. The film is Andrew Dominik’s to direct.
The hair and makeup artists used stills of Marilyn Monroe from a photo shoot to transfer Ana de Armas into the famous icon for Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde”.
Each morning, de Armas received two and a half hours of hair and makeup application from Jaime Leigh McIntosh, the head of the hair department, and Tina Roesler Kerwin, the head of the cosmetics department.
Instead of the usual bald cap, it all started with a silicone cap. A standard bald cap would not suffice to totally conceal Ana de Armas’ hair. Each side and the top of three specially crafted silicone parts were created for the actress. Only 50 to 60 of the looks were included in the finished product.
McIntosh prepared Ana de Armas’ hair according to her usual procedure in order to replicate the scene from the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch” where Monroe’s character crosses over a subway grate and her dress flaps in the wind. McIntosh: “Putting the wig on would be the very last thing we would do.”
According to Kerwin, contouring was also crucial for Ana de Armas. As Marilyn Monroe face appears rounder when she is younger, and when she is older, she has that timeless appearance.
Kerwin used a fuchsia lip with a crimson lip to recreate the song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” “It was blended to give it a little more oomph. Although it seemed excessive when you first saw her in person, it was just right for the camera and the display. However, we also had to coordinate the dancers.
McIntosh intervened in this situation. She had a problem because she lacked the funds to purchase wigs. To recognise them, the grey is painted into their hair. She continues, “There are painted-in silvery streaks that make you wonder why they would do that when you look at the original?” We had to duplicate that.
According to McIntosh, she made Armas’ wig a little straighter for this scene. It is devoid of curl and bounce. If there is a backstory to that painting, she continues, “Andrew made me paint it a bit darker because she was losing her widow’s peak in the lighting, which was blowing it out.”
“It was one more in the enormous number of recreations that we had to bang off rapidly,” said McIntosh.