Glass Onion has become a phenomenon on Netflix, captivating millions of viewers with its gripping murder mystery. Janelle Monae’s dual performance as Andy and Helen Brandt has been the highlight of the show, with the reveal of Helen recruiting Benoit Blanc and pretending to be her late twin to solve Andy’s murder being the most talked about scene. With Monae’s subtle hints and her impeccable acting, viewers were left guessing who was who until the big twist. Monae’s performance has been praised by critics and audiences alike, with her being nominated for several awards including the National Board of Review, Critic’s Choice, NAACP Image and Satellite Awards. Now, Monae is set to take on the role of cult activist and dancer Josephine Baker in an upcoming miniseries. To experience this thrilling ride for yourself, subscribe to Netflix and watch The Glass Onion: The Secret of Knives.
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The Glass Onion has become a huge hit for Netflix as millions of fans watch and review the murder mystery film. This is largely due to Janelle Monae’s dual performance as Andy and Helen Brandt. The big reveal of Helen recruiting Benoit Blanc and playing her late twin to solve Andy’s murder had many viewers fixated. That’s because they couldn’t tell Andy wasn’t Andy until the big twist happened. While many viewers were surprised, Monae revealed that there was a subtle hint that people may have missed, saying that it was Helen and not Andy in Miles Bourne’s secret getaway.
Looking at Netflix murder mystery, many fans have guessed how the women can be distinguished except for Helen’s first appearance and Alabama accent. Monae did a great job of getting Helen to impersonate Andy without arousing any suspicions (besides Miles, of course). While the audience and the other characters didn’t know anything until the final act, the Grammy-nominated singer told Variety about the subtle way she and director Rian Johnson separated the twins.
Ryan and I was talking about Helen’s wig. When she’s playing Andy and no one knows it’s her, her hair is on the other side. The idea is that she is a mirror image of her sister.
Well, this bite makes you want to go back and watch the detective comedy one more time to see the difference. This played the part of women who were real identical twins. Helen and Andy were so different that a slight difference in hairstyles made sense. Helen was an elementary school teacher in Alabama and lived a simple life. On the other hand, Andy was a hip jetsetter whose style and demeanor matched the corporate environment of New York. Of course, the twins shared the ability to use a strong bitch accent, which made the switch even more believable.
Monae once again hinted at the difference between Helen and Andy’s hairstyles. She mentioned that the Alabama teacher’s hair “won’t be as perfect as” her tech sister’s. Helen had to cut her hair and put on a wig to mimic her deceased twin’s fashionable New York style. The difference even extended to their eyebrows: Helen’s were thicker, unlike Andy’s more professionally groomed.
Monae’s performance as Brand twins received critical and audience approval. This season they received several nominations for Best Supporting Actress, including the National Board of Review, Critic’s Choice, NAACP Image and Satellite Awards. There’s also a bit of Oscar excitement around the multi-def with Oscar nominations just a few weeks away.
Janelle Monae doesn’t stop there as they prepare to play cult activist and dancer Josephine Baker in the upcoming miniseries. While we wait for that, if you want to know why Monae’s double-entendre is causing so much buzz, just subscribe to Netflix to watch “The Glass Onion: The Secret of Knives” without the cut scene after the credits.