An adaptation of author Joyce Carol Oates' novel of the same name, the fictionalized account of the life of Marilyn Monroe, a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson, has drawn some criticism after it premiered at Venice Film Festival.
De Armas' accent came under fire, while some considered said scenes—ranging from a sexual assault to a forced abortion and a blowjob to President John F. Kennedy—exploitative in nature.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress discussed Blonde's hardest-to-watch moments, explaining she felt safe on set with director and writer Andrew Dominik.
"It's harder for people to watch [those scenes] than for me to make them, because I understood what I was doing and I felt very protected and safe," de Armas said.
"I didn't feel exploited because I was in control. I made that decision. I knew what the movie I was doing. I trusted my director. I felt like I was in a safe environment."
The star also weighed in on the importance of having an intimacy coordinator on set and discussing scenes to know exactly what is going to be shown on camera.
"She was very helpful. But I wouldn't even say these scenes were more difficult than any other scene. It was just a part of a whole story," she said.
"I knew exactly what the shot was going to be. I knew exactly what was going to be seen, what was not going to be seen, and it felt like it was the right thing to do."
Blonde is in theaters now and will be available to stream on Netflix on September 28.
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