During filming of the Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, lead actress Ana de Armas said she could feel someone there with her during the project. Who or what could it have been other than the spirit of Marilyn Monroe herself?
Ana de Armas felt Marilyn Monroe’s presence early on
Before landing the lead role in the biopic, de Armas was relatively unfamiliar with Marilyn Monroe. Born and raised in Cuba, de Armas had to study up on the life and legacy of Monroe quite a bit before beginning her new role as the legendary star.
While learning about the woman she’d be portraying, de Armas began to feel truly connected to Monroe. Thirty-four at the time of filming, de Armas was only two years younger than Monroe when she died of an overdose in 1962. “She was all I thought about, she was all I dreamt about, she was all I could talk about, she was with me and it was beautiful,” said de Armas.
Director Andrew Dominik decided to begin filming the project on the anniversary of Monroe’s death, August 4th. If that’s not what stirred something supernatural during filming, we aren’t sure what did.
Was the real Marilyn also on set?
During an interview at the Venice Film Festival press conference, de Armas revealed that she could sense Monroe’s presence throughout filming. Monroe was never one to shy away from the limelight, and the set of a new film all about her is a pretty likely place her ghost would show up.
“I truly believe that she was very close to us,” said de Armas. Later in the interview, she repeated her statement more emphatically, saying “she was with us.” If Monroe’s ghost really was around during filming, she likely was the most active while they filmed in the apartment Norma Jeane Baker formerly lived in with her mentally ill mother or the room where Monroe died.
The entire film crew felt her presence
During the interview, de Armas addressed the idea that her claims may seem a bit fantastical. “Maybe this sounds very mystical, but it is true,” she explained. Apparently, she wasn’t the only one on set to notice Monroe’s specter. In fact, pretty much everyone involved in the production noticed. “We all felt it,” said de Armas.
Monroe supposedly made her presence known during times when she didn’t like what was happening. “I think she was happy,” de Armas stated. “She would also throw things off the walls sometimes and get mad if she didn’t like something.”
Dominik supported de Armas’ claims, saying, “it definitely took on elements of being like a seance.” If all they are saying is true, then Monroe ultimately approved of the biopic, since her ghost didn’t bring filming to a halt.
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The film was released on September 16, 2022, and many people went hoping to catch a glimpse of Monroe back on the big screen! Her ghost, that is.