Ana de Armas spent 9 months perfecting Marilyn Monroe's voice for new film: 'My brain was fried'


On the heels of the news of Ana de Armas' breakup from Ben Affleck, the actress is discussing her process as she slips into an iconic new role for an upcoming film.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, de Armas opened up about what it was like trying to embody Marilyn Monroe for the upcoming film "Blonde." Apparently, it took months of work to really nail the star's voice.

"I tried!" she explained. "It only took me nine months of dialect coaching, and practicing, and some ADR sessions."

And while the work she put in may be well worth it in the end, it didn't come without its struggles. "It was big torture, so exhausting," de Armas said. "My brain was fried."

Aside from the troubles de Armas faced in trying to mimic Monroe, she also faced struggles as she tries to navigate the film industry as a woman.

"I had a lot of thoughts as a woman in the industry, and even in general, about how things from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s are so relatable nowadays," she said. "And how if you don't have a strong base, with your family and so on, it's really hard to make it through - really hard."

During the interview, which took place prior to news breaking that de Armas and Affleck had split up, de Armas made an aside about the actor. Affleck has been photographed wearing several Spanish-language shirts.

"I also have these T-shirts, I just use them more at home, but Ben has become obsessed with them," de Armas said.

Last week, People confirmed that de Armas and Affleck had ended their relationship with a source saying, "Ben is no longer dating Ana. Their relationship was complicated. Ana doesn't want to be Los Angeles based and Ben obviously has to since his kids live in Los Angeles."

The pair was first linked romantically in March of 2020 after meeting on the set of "Deep Water."

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