Speaking to Vulture, Andrew said, "If it had come out a few years ago, it would have come out right when #MeToo hit and it would have been an expression of all that stuff." The 54-year-old filmmaker went on saying, "We're in a time now, I think, where people are really uncertain about where any lines are."
"It's a film that definitely has a morality about it. But it swims in very ambiguous waters because I don't think it will be as cut-and-dried as people want to see it," Andrew elaborated further. "There's something in it to offend everyone."
Andrew himself admitted he was "surprised" that "Blonde", which is an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' 2000 novel about the Hollywood icon, received an NC-17 rating for "for some sexual content" from the Motion Picture Association in March. "I thought we'd colored inside the lines," he told the outlet.
"But I think if you've got a bunch of men and women in a boardroom talking about sexual behavior, maybe the men are going to be worried about what the women think," Andrew opined. "It's just a weird time. It's not like depictions of happy sexuality. It's depictions of situations that are ambiguous."
Andrew later shared, "It's dangerous to do other people's thinking for them. Who knows? On the one hand, I think if I'm given the choice, I'd rather go and see the NC-17 version of the Marilyn Monroe story. Because we know that her life was on the edge, clearly, from the way it ended." He then asked, "Do you want to see the warts-and-all version or do you want to see that sanitized version?"
Elsewhere in the interview, Andrew unveiled that "Blonde" chronicles the effect of fame on Marilyn's life. "The idea behind 'Blonde' is basically it details a childhood drama, and mistaken ideas that she carries into her adult life, and she sees the world through the lens of those ideas," he shared. "On a simplest level, it's about an unwanted child who becomes the most wanted person in the world and can't deal with all of that desire coming at them," he pointed out.
Previously, Ana divulged that transforming into Marilyn wasn't all glamorous. "I had to go bald every day, because with the blonde wigs… [Marilyn] went through different shades of blonde from golden to really platinum, so for these wigs that are beautifully made, you can't have anything dark underneath, so we had to make a bald cap every single day from my forehead to [around] my whole head," said the "Deep Water" actress.
"It was like, three and a half hours every day of makeup," Ana continued. She also recalled that she "cried the first time [she] saw [the wigs] on." She reasoned, "Probably because I was terrified," before concluding, "But, I'm so proud."