Venice: Ana de Armas on Becoming Marilyn Monroe for Andrew Dominik’s ‘Blonde’: “This Movie Changed My Life”

Thursday's release of Andrew Dominik's enormously ambitious Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde reignited conversation just as the 79th edition of

the Venice Film Festival was coming to a close amid a slew of scandals. Shortly after the first press screenings of the NC-17-rated movie, the director

cast, and star Ana de Armas talked about how it was made. "I made this movie to challenge myself because I thought it was a gift,

," de Armas remarked of her decision to portray the Hollywood legend. "And this film altered my life," she continued. 

Blonde is based on the classic 700-page novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, which The New Yorker once called "the definitive study of American stardom."

." Dominik, known for his visually stunning films The Assassination of Jesse James (2007) and Killing Them Softly (2012), worked on the film

for eleven years before attempting to produce it.The film chronicles the entirety of the actress' life, from her traumatic upbringing as Norma Jeane to her superstardom as Marilyn Monroe,