Who is the actress playing Marilyn Monroe? Get to know Ana de Armas

The actress playing Marilyn Monroe is getting a fair amount of spotlight, but you've likely seen Ana de Armas before

ANA DE ARMAS, the actress playing Marilyn Monroe in BLONDE (2022), directed by ANDREW DOMINIK
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Who is the actress playing Marilyn Monroe?

Stepping into the shoes—or in Kim Kardashian's case, the dress—of the blonde bombshell is no easy feat. The iconic figure is inimitable, but Ana de Armas certainly seems up for the challenge in Netflix's forthcoming drama, Blonde, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. 

"It was a gift for me to play that part," the actress revealed to Byrdie (opens in new tab). "It felt incredible, it felt… also very exhausting. It was a lot of hard work to play her in what I think was a really honest way of portraying her. And her life was not simple."

Before pressing rewind on the story we all know well, let's catch up with the on-the-rise entertainer who is taking on the ultimate role.

Who is the actress playing Marilyn Monroe?

Ana de Armas is a Cuban-born actress who you've likely recognized from many famous films: Knives Out, Blade Runner 2049, No Time To Die and The Gray Man, Netflix's alleged biggest budget project to date. 

Though she's made her mark in many heart-racing thrillers, she didn't necessarily envision her career taking that particular path. 

"The truth is, I never thought I was going to be an action actor. It wasn’t my thing," she confessed in a cover story to Elle (opens in new tab)

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Ana de Armas Marilyn Monroe transformation:

Now, she's taking a turn for Netflix's Marilyn Monroe drama, which garnered an unexpected NC-17 rating from the streaming service.

Her transformation into the beloved Hollywood figure—which took a whopping 3.5 hours of hair and makeup—seemed worthwhile, as the brunette effortlessly captures the late actress' essence and looks like a dead ringer for Monroe in a replica of her famous "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" pink gown and long gloves.

Ana de Armas boyfriend: who is she dating?

Hollywood aside, De Armas is like any other millennial. Sure, she might've dated Ben Affleck—a "horrible" experience that ultimately caused her to leave L.A.—but it helped her find happiness in New York with her current beau, Tinder exec Paul Boukadakis.

A few of her favorite things? Facetiming with friends, walking her dogs and enjoying a glass of wine. Cheers to that!

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All about that Marilyn Monroe accent controversy:

Though De Armas did not step into the Blonde role lightly, critics were quick to pick on her portrayal of Monroe, stating that her Cuban accent conflicted with capturing the late actor's famously breathy tone. 

But you know you've done something right when the Marilyn Monroe Estate—which didn't greenlight the Netflix project—gives its seal of approval

"Any actor that steps into that role knows they have big shoes to fill. Based on the trailer alone, it looks like 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," Marc Rosen, president of entertainment at Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which owns the Marilyn Monroe Estate, said in a statement. 

Watch Ana de Armas in the 'Blonde' movie trailer:

See De Armas' take on the artist formerly known as Norma Jean when Blonde premieres on Netflix on Wednesday, September 28. 

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

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