Warning: minor spoilers for Blonde
Based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Blond is written and directed by Andrew Dominik, who dissects the life of Norma Jeane Mortensen – better known to the world as actress Marilyn Monroe. The Netflix film drew a lot of attention for its NC-17 rating, which is a rarity in mainstream films, and the portrayal of the late Marilyn Monroe, whose life has been the subject of numerous films and books since her death. in 1962.
Blond follows the life of Norma Jeane, from her youth living with her mother, Gladys, who is later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, to her life as a model and pin-up actress. The film separates Norma Jeane from the Hollywood persona of Marilyn Monroe, detailing the actress’ life in the spotlight, her relationships with two ex-husbands and her alleged affair with John F. Kennedy. For nearly three hours, Blond moves through the many periods of Marilyn Monroe’s life in an effort to explore her inner life and the ups and downs that come with it, including the trauma she faced.
The film benefits from an all-star cast led by Ana de Armas, who transforms into Marilyn Monroe in multiple ways, and whose own acting career has grown in popularity in recent years. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the cast, including the characters the actors play, what other movies and TV shows viewers have seen them in, and how they compare to the real people they play as on screen. Blond.
Ana de Armas as Norma Jeane Mortenson/Marilyn Monroe
Norma Jeane Mortenson is the birth name of Marilyn Monroe, the famous actress, singer and model who made waves in the 1950s and 1960s for her work and status as a sex symbol. Blond sees Norma Jeane and the character of Marilyn Monroe as estranged, with the former using the latter as a shield to protect her from the past trauma and abuse she faced during her time as a Hollywood actress. Norma Jeane/Marilyn Monroe is played by Ana de Armas, who is best known for her roles in Rian Johnson’s crime novel Knives outthe james bond movie no time to die, Blade Runner 2049, deep watersin which she starred alongside Ben Affleck, and the Netflix movie The gray manthe action movie starring Ryan Gosling and directed by the Russo Brothers.
Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller / The Playwright
Arthur Miller was a well-known playwright, famous for writing Death of a seller, the crucibleadapted into a film with Winona Ryder, and the screenplay by The misfits. Miller was also Marilyn Monroe’s third husband and appears in the latter half of Blond. Outside of their marriage, the two also had a working relationship. Arthur Miller is portrayed by Adrien Brody, who is best known for his roles in The pianistWes Anderson films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel and The French Dispatch, predatorsand the Netflix series Peaky Blinders. Brody recently starred in the HBO drama Succession. Interestingly, Brody’s character is never mentioned by name in Blond.
Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio / ex-athlete
Joe DiMaggio was a baseball player with the New York Yankees. When he meets Marilyn Monroe in Blond, he wants to protect her from the cameras and anyone who wants to hurt her. They marry and DiMaggio becomes Monroe’s second husband, but their marriage does not last very long before ending in divorce. DiMaggio, who is never mentioned by name as Arthur Miller, is portrayed by Bobby Cannavale, who is best known for his roles on the show Nurse Jackiethe comedy movie To spy with Melissa McCarthy, the now canceled HBO series Vinyl, Boardwalk Empire, parkerthe Marvel Cinematic Universe movie The ant Man and its sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, Mister Robotand Martin Scorsese’s Netflix movie The Irishman.
Xavier Samuel As Charles “Cass” Chaplin Jr.
Charles “Cass” Chaplin Jr. was the son of Charlie Chaplin, the famous silent film actor. In Blond, Cass is part of a threesome with Marilyn Monroe and is close to being one of her confidants for a time. Cass is played by Xavier Samuel, who is best known for his roles in the war drama Fury, Frankensteinand The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
Evan Williams as Edward G. Robinson Jr.
Edward G. Robinson Jr. is an actor and the son of Edward G. Robinson. He is also in a threesome with Cass and Marilyn Monroe. Robinson is played by Evan Williams, known for his roles in Lloyd the Conqueror and the TV series Versailles.
Julianne Nicholson as Gladys Pearl Baker
Gladys Pearl Baker is the mother of Norma Jeane. Gladys suffered from a mental illness whose name is not mentioned in Blond, but whose mental breakdown in the film led Norma Jeane to be sent to an orphanage. Gladys Pearl Baker (née Monroe) is portrayed by Julianne Nicholson in Blondwho is best known for her roles in Me Tonyaopposite actress Margot Robbie, Black Mass, August: Osage Countythe HBO series Easttown Mare, masters of sex, Boardwalk Empirethe hit courtroom drama Ally McBealand Law and order: criminal intent.
Blonde Supporting Cast & Character Guide
Caspar Phillipson as John F. Kennedy – John F. Kennedy was the President of the United States, who was assassinated in 1963. Caspar Phillipson is known for his roles in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Jackie with Natalie Portman, and in which he also played John F. Kenned, and The conversation.
Toby Huss as Allan “Whitey” Snyder – Whitey was Marilyn’s makeup artist, with whom she shared a close relationship. Toby Huss is known for Stop and catch firethe animated series king of the hill, Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovicand the Netflix series GLOW.
Lily Fisher as Norma Jeane Mortenson – Lily Fisher plays the younger version of Norma Jeane. Fisher is known for general hospital and Post 19.
Sara Paxton as Miss Flynn – Miss Flynn has been Norma Jeane’s neighbor since she was a child. Sara Paxton is known for the Disney Channel Original Movie Blue green, The last house on the leftand the innkeeper.
David Warshofsky as Mr. Z – Mr. Z is probably Darryl Zanuck, the film’s producer and studio head. David Warshofsky is known for his roles in Now you see me, there will be bloodand the hit drama series Scandal.
Dan Butler as I. E. Shinn – Shinn was Marilyn Monroe’s talent agent who is seen everywhere Blond. Dan Butler is best known for the classic film Thesilenceofthelambs and fraserwhere he played Bulldog Briscoe.