ACTRESS ANA DE ARMAS TURNING HEADS AS SHE BECOMES HOLLYWOOD’S NEW QUEEN!
A Cuban-Spanish actress. She began her career as a teenager in her home country of Cuba and most notably had a leading role in the romantic drama Una rosa de Francia (2006). At the age of 18, she moved to Madrid, Spain and starred in the popular teen drama El Internado for six seasons from 2007 to 2010.
After moving to Los Angeles, de Armas had English-speaking roles in the erotic thriller Knock Knock (2015) and the comedy-crime film War Dogs (2016), and had a supporting role in the sports biopic Hands of Stone (2016). She rose to prominence with her role as a holographic AI projection in the science fiction film Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Her performance as Marta Cabrera, a nurse, in the mystery film Knives Out (2019) was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.
As a teenager, de Armas had no internet access and had limited knowledge of popular culture beyond Cuba. She was allowed to watch “20 minutes of cartoons on Saturday and the Sunday movie matinee.” Her family did not own a “video or DVD player” and she watched Hollywood movies in her neighbor’s apartment. She memorized and practiced monologues in front of the mirror, and decided to become an actress when she was 12. In 2002,
As a teenager in her native Cuba, de Armas had a starring role opposite Álex González in Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón’s romantic drama Una rosa de Francia (2006). Cuban actor Jorge Perugorría suggested that the director consider de Armas for the role, after meeting her while attending a birthday party with his daughters. The director visited de Armas’s drama school and interrupted the sixteen-year-old during her audition to inform her that the role was hers.
When de Armas first arrived in Los Angeles in 2014, she had to start her career again “from scratch.” She spoke very little English and, during early auditions, she often “didn’t even know what [she] was saying.” She spent four months in full-time education to learn English, not wanting to be confined to playing characters written specifically for Latina actresses. She starred opposite Keanu Reeves in her first Hollywood release Eli Roth’s erotic horror thriller Knock Knock (2015) and learned her lines phonetically. Reeves then telephoned de Armas to invite her to star in a Spanish-language role in the thriller Exposed (2016), which he acted in and produced.
In Denis Villeneuve’s futuristic thriller Blade Runner 2049 (2017), de Armas had a supporting role as Joi, the holographic AI girlfriend of Ryan Gosling’s character.
Stephen Dalton of The Hollywood Reporter said she “radiates more kick-ass charisma than her thankless sidekick role might suggest.” In 2018, de Armas starred opposite Demián Bichir in John Hillcoat’s medical drama Corazón. She played a Dominican woman with heart failure in the short film, funded by Montefiore Medical Center to raise awareness of organ donation.
De Armas’s role as an immigrant nurse in the ensemble murder mystery film Knives Out (2019), written and directed by Rian Johnson, was widely praised and marked a breakthrough for the actress.
De Armas was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and the cast won the National Board of Review Award for Best Cast. While de Armas’s scenes opposite Himesh Patel in the 2019 romantic comedy Yesterday were included in the film’s trailer, they were deleted from the final cut. The director Danny Boyle said that, while de Armas was “really radiant” in her scenes, the introduction of a love triangle subplot did not test well with audiences.
De Armas will star in two films in late 2020. She will reunite with her Knives Out co-star Daniel Craig to play a Bond girl in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time to Die. Fukunaga wrote the character of a Cuban CIA agent with de Armas in mind and a replica of downtown Havana was built at London’s Pinewood Studios. She will also star in Adrian Lyne’s erotic thriller Deep Water, based upon the novel by Patricia Highsmith. She and Ben Affleck play a couple in an adulterous marriage.
In 2021, de Armas will portray Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix biopic Blonde, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. Director Andrew Dominik noticed de Armas’s performance in Knock Knock and, while she went through a long casting process, Dominik secured her the role after the first audition. In preparation, de Armas worked with a dialect coach for a year.
De Armas began a relationship with Spanish actor Marc Clotet in mid-2010; they married in the Costa Brava region of Spain in July 2011 and divorced in early 2013. She dated Spanish director and screenwriter David Victori from mid-2013 to mid-2014, was briefly engaged to American talent agent Franklin Latt during a relationship from early 2015 to late 2016, and dated Cuban painter Alejandro Piñeiro Bello from early 2017 to late 2018. She is currently in a relationship with American actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck, whom she met on the set of Deep Water in the fall of 2019.