Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde': Film Serendipity Cast

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Making the Monroe connection was "pretty obvious," Dominik insists. "Ana has an emotional force field around her. Her feelings can just fill up the room.

Each day shooting "Blonde," de Armas would sit in the makeup chair for 3½ hours for the transformation into Monroe throughout each phase of her adult life.

Fill in some textDe Armas, who applied Monroe's favorite Chanel No. 5 perfume on her wrists each day, says it was impossible not to feel the star's presence.

Fill in some textDespite the often painful moments depicted, de Armas believes Monroe would approve of the film.

"Everyone felt lucky to participate in this movie, contributing somehow to her legacy by telling something that, even though it's fictional, feels very truthful,"

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Despite the often painful moments depicted, de Armas believes Monroe would approve of the film. Before filming, the cast and crew signed a giant postcard for Monroe that was placed near the star's grave.