After long talks about who would be chosen to play the legendary Marilyn Monroe in the new biopic Blonde, Ana de Armas was the final choice. As early as 2010, Naomi Watts was announced to star in the film, but that later changed. In 2014, Jessica Chastain was announced as Monroe, but that did not happen either. When in 2019, de Armas earned the leading role, some people were skeptical about a Cuban playing Monroe, and these worries intensified when the film’s 1st official trailer was released.
However, now that the film is about to come out, you can see for yourselves and decide whether de Armas is doing a good job. Besides, you may also be curious about the other actors in the movie who give life to real people in Monroe’s life. So, here is everything you need to know about the Blonde cast.
Ana de Armas
As you already know, the legendary Norma Jean/Marilyn Monroe is portrayed by de Armas, a Cuban-Spanish actress. Her career started in Cuba, where she played in a romantic comedy called Una rosa de Francia (2006) before moving to Spain, where she starred in a popular teen drama called El Internado (2007-2010) and an adventure drama called Hispania, la leyenda (2010-2012).
In 2014, the actress moved to Los Angeles with little knowledge of English and started her acting career from scratch. She then starred in Knock Knock (2015), War Dogs (2016), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Knives Out (2019), No Time to Die (2021), Deep Water (2022), and The Gray Man (2022).
The 34-year-old actress was married to Marc Clotet from 2011 to 2013. From March 2020 to January 2021, de Armas dated the famous actor Ben Affleck. She is currently dating Paul Boukadakis.
In the Blonde cast, Adrien Brody plays Arthur Miller, Marilyn’s 3rd husband, to whom she stayed married for 5 years (1956-1961). At age 29, Brody became the youngest actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film The Pianist (2002). He later starred in The Brothers Bloom (2009), Predators (2010), Midnight in Paris (2011), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), The French Dispatch (2021), and Peaky Blinders (2017).
The 49-year-old American actor has never gotten married. From 2006 to 2009, he dated Elsa Pataky (who is now married to Chris Hemsworth). In 2020, it was reported that he was dating Harvey Weinstein’s ex-wife, Georgina Chapman. The couple is still together.
Sara Paxton plays Jess Flynn (Miss Flynn) in Blonde. As you know, the film is based on a novel called Blonde, a fictional biography focusing on the life of Marilyn Monroe. In the novel, Miss Flynn plays an important part in young Norma Jean’s life as she gives voice lessons to her.
Paxton is known for Darcy’s Wild Life (2004-2006) and Summerland (2006). She also played in Aquamarine (2006), Return to Halloweentown (2006), Sydney White (2007), Superhero Movie (2008), and The Innkeepers (2011). Paxton is 34 years old, and she has been married to Zach Cregger since 2019.
Another Blonde cast member is Bobby Cannavale, who plays Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn’s 2nd husband, with whom she stayed married for only a year (1954-1955). Cannavale is best known for his TV roles, such as Roberto Caffey in Third Watch (1999-2001) and Vince D’Angelo in Will & Grace (2004-2006, 2018). He is also known for Boardwalk Empire (2012), Nurse Jackie (2012-2013), Vinyl (2016), Mr. Robot (2017, 2019), and Homecoming (2018-2020).
Cannavale (52) was in a marriage with Jenny Lumet from 1994 to 2003. He has a son from that marriage, Jake, who is also an actor. Since 2012, the actor has been in a relationship with Rose Byrne. They have 2 children together.
Julianne Nicholson plays Gladys Pearl Baker, Mairlyn’s mother. Nicholson most recently won a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in Mare of Easttown (2021). She is also known for August: Osage County (2013), The Others (2000), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2006-2009), Masters of Sex (2013-2014), and Eyewitness (2016).
Nicholson is 51 years old. Since 2004, she has been married to Jonathan Cake and has 2 children.
The last Blonde cast member in our article is Xavier Samuel, who plays Charles “Cass” Chaplin Jr., the son of Charlie Chaplin. You may recognize Samuel from his role as Riley in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010). The 38-year-old actor is also known for A Few Best Men (2011), Adore (2013), Plush (2013), Mr. Church (2016), Spin Out (2016), A Few Less Men (2017), and Elvis (2022). He is not dating anyone at the moment.