Ana de Armas: You are in the spotlight and realize ‘this is not what I wanted’

Ana de Armas talked to Flaunt Magazine to promote No Time to Die. It’s been moved back to March of next year, an announcement which was surely made after she gave this interview. So this film will be coming out at least a year after its intended release. Anna sounded both over the pandemic and somewhat oblivious of it. She said she wanted theaters to open up again and was hoping to celebrate with her costars. The author, Elizabeth Aubrey, reminded us how sublime Anna was in Knives Out and how we all were rooting for her before she started doing pap strolls with Ben Affleck. (My words, the journalist did not write that second part.) When Ana started talking about acting, reading scripts and working on set, you could almost see her light up. She’s dedicated to her work and that came through. She said the original description for her Knives Out character, Marta, was so superficial she almost passed on that part, but then she read the script. You can tell she takes her work seriously and that she’s Here’s more from that interview:

On not wanting to be typecast
She explains that when the first audition invitation for Knives Out came in, she received just a three-word description of her character: “Latina, caretaker, pretty.” De Armas was far from impressed. “I really pay attention to what that little description is,” she says, when an initial character sketch comes through from a casting director. “I’m sure whoever did it wasn’t thinking about what that meant but for me, I was just like, ‘Oh no, I’m not doing this!’ What do you mean—caretaker, Latina, pretty?’”

“I’m very proud of being Cuban and being Latina and I will play the most Latina any Latina has ever played Latina,” she smiles, before quickly turning serious. “But it also doesn’t interest me that much, all the time. It gets very boring, very quickly and I want to do other things… and even if you’re playing a Latina, not all Latinas are the same… I want to think and believe that I can play anybody, anywhere in the world because the stories I want to tell are universal. I want to be able to tell any story.”

“My character was a diamond,” de Armas smiles, recalling the moment she read her pages fondly. “When they sent the whole script and I read the whole thing I realized ‘oh my gosh I have to do this’,” she says of Johnson’s “incredible” screenplay. Another draw came in the way the dialogue subtly interrogated President Trump’s immigration policies through the ensemble’s treatment of Marta. “It was a great take on that matter,” de Armas says, “Johnson is a genius. Sometimes humor… sits better with people and people are more open, it resonates more when [the message] is straightforward. I think in this case, it was a very smart thing to do.”

She didn’t agree to do Bond until she read the script
As with Knives Out, de Armas didn’t accept the role immediately, however, recalling how Fukunaga’s original description for the potential role was far too vague. “When Cary called me for Bond, he was offering me the character and said: ‘she’s Cuban, bubbly and funny and this and that’, but he had nothing on the page at this point. It was all in his head. He was still creating this character and I was very excited, but I told him, ‘Cary, I can’t say yes before I read it! Even though I want to work with you, I want to be in Bond, I want to work with Daniel again, I want all of these things, but I have to read the script!’”

“I wanted to make sure what I was getting myself into because… you have to eventually talk about it like we are now and you have to feel it matches up with your values, what you believe in and that you are representing the woman you want to represent,” de Armas affirms.

“Also, at some point you have to play parts that are quite the opposite of you,” she continues, “and that is enriching and exciting about my work too, but… I wanted to just really understand what kind of woman I was playing. I try to do that with every part. I try to read it, understand it and if there is something that doesn’t sit well with me, I then try to at least talk about it and understand where that is coming from and why it has to be that way.”

On fame
“It’s funny as an actor because you do what you do and you don’t think of the consequences of your job and then all of a sudden you are in the spotlight and you realise ‘Oh this is not what I wanted!’ [Fame] to me, is not the most exciting thing about my job, it never has been, at all. It is just a consequence of my job.” She compares it to her preparation for Blonde. “All that fame and that exposure was also [Marilyn’s] worst nightmare and it grew in me a lot of empathy for her and what she was going through. It was a really intense time for her.”

[From Flaunt]

Ana is dedicated to her craft and makes sure she’s making informed decisions about her career and the parts she takes. That really came through. I think she’ll continue to get good roles as long as she focuses on her work and is more private about her personal life. I get the impression that she’s not scared of the spotlight at all, she just doesn’t want the consequences of that. She’s very much a bubbly person who wants to both be around other people and to let the public into her life. She just doesn’t want the judgment and headlines that go along with that.

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  1. Redgrl says:

    She’s exhausting. Hopefully though she’s wily enough to not be the latest woman to get the “media blame” for Ben Affleck falling off the wagon. (And I still admit to being one of the few people who HATED Knives Out – even as a massive fan of Daniel Craig & Jamie Lee Curtis.)

  2. Sequinedheart says:

    Woman dates world famous actor, does many a pap stroll and conducts interviews gaining large amounts of interest only to say “oh all this attention isn’t what I really wanted”

    Girl, stop. I can handle a social climber, in fact it’s entertaining to me but a lying, fake-humble social climber is just down right annoying.

    • Noki says:

      its not her fault she fell for someone famous,other than walking her dogs in her neighbourhood and doing some regular stuff what attention seeking is she guilty of?

  3. Lola says:

    If she wouldn’t be so pap walk thirsty during a freaking pandemic, then I might have believed her. But no. Right now it looks she loves the attention that comes from dating Affleck more actual acting

  4. LULU wang was robbed says:

    God she’s so pretty, it’s insane

  5. julia says:

    Hers was the only character in Knives Out that I didn’t like…I thought all the others were dynamic and exaggerated and suited the movie and it’s atmosphere. She was flat, annoying and boring and had a deer in the headlights look to her the whole time. I know this is not popular opinion though.

    • Teebee says:

      I finally watched Knives Out, after so much praise and hype.

      Blah. The ending was so bad. I kept guessing how it would end because the direction it was going was… so anticlimactic that I thought it a smokescreen for the ULTIMATE twist. I love murder mysteries and twist endings, but KO was the weakest movie I’ve seen in a long time.

      And AdA? Again I was curious about her and her performance, because of the hype. Double meh. She reminded me of Penelope Cruz in looks, but she added nothing to the movie, good or bad as far as her acting. Partly because she was surrounded by so many more famous actors literally chewing up the screen around her, and her playing it relatively straight was, discordant. I thought she had to be the twist, because why was she so not compelling… it had to be a ploy.


      So I can’t see her being anything more than eye candy, until she is in a movie where she can do some chewing and bring more to the table than her looks. And because she has already become so annoying, so quickly, I’m inclined to not even care. Give me Toni Colette, Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, Rosario Dawson, any day. All day.

  6. Case says:

    It’s upsetting to hear even good roles in good films are initially described as “Latina, caretaker, pretty.” How demoralizing this business is for women, it’s gross. That said, I thought Knives Out was an awesome movie and loved Ana in it. I think she has a super bright future ahead of her so long as she keeps her personal life a little more low-key moving forward. Too much exposure is never good. For instance, I really enjoy Adam Driver in interviews, but the fact that he keeps his actual personal life private allows me to see him as the character, not Adam. I don’t want to see Ana in a movie and be distracted by the fact that she’s dating Ben Affleck.

  7. Madelaine says:

    Ana de Armas has just gotten to the realization that she was famous but didn’t mean to: hold on, let me lock myself in the quiet of my panic room and ponder over the paradox.
    Well, just came out my three- minute long pondering session with a vision I’d like to share: Ana, why don’t you date some unknown guy your own age, wear dark sweatpants and a hoodie to walk your dog in a quiet street and settle home back in Cuba half of the year, and you just let the world determine how forgettable you are. Girl, bye!

  8. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Doing multiple pap strolls during a pandemic with your famous boyfriend but you don’t want the fame?? Two words: Girl, bye.

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  10. Beach Dreams says:

    😂 Could’ve fooled me.

  11. Jules says:

    Says the woman who puts a huge cardboard cut-out of herself in the front yard, right in front of the paps.

  12. Sayrah says:

    I only read the headline but gmafb. She’s so thirsty it’s embarrassing.

  13. PlainJane says:

    Bisch, please. You don’t get it both ways.

    P.S. If you want more privacy, maaaaaybe stop calling the paps to the strolls you do with your boyfrann.

  14. tealily says:

    Does this mean they’re splitting up? I could see getting swept up in the whole fame thing and then realizing it wasn’t really what you wanted… but wouldn’t you then retreat in some way? I’ll believe it when I see that happen.

  15. ChloeCat says:

    I can’t stand her. Mediocre all around.

  16. Zaftig_and_Kitty says:

    Ugh she irritates the crap out of me. And “Knives Out” SUCKED. I like the director Rian Johnson so I gave it a show which I dearly regret. Vomit was literally a plot point.

  17. detritus says:

    I like her better when she talks versus just posing for photos.
    She’s obviously a smart woman.

  18. Lizzie says:

    What a load of BS. Maybe don’t be a stunt queen during a global pandemic with nearly 100 photo sets of you during a 6-7 month period thirsting all over Los Angeles (and the world) with your PR romance partner if you don’t want to be in the spotlight? She says one thing and does the exact opposite. I don’t believe for a second she doesn’t love all the attention she’s been getting and welcomes/invites it. She comes across as incredibly vapid and disingenuous.

  19. Meg says:

    ‘wants to both be around other people and to let the public into her life. She just doesn’t want the judgment and headlines that go along with that.’
    That describes Ben Affleck perfectly, no wonder they are together

  20. Alyse says:

    I think she’s a really charismatic and pretty actress – but also yes, she definitely enjoys/wants the fame side of the job too!

  21. Getting productive says:

    She was FANTASTIC in Knives Out and I enjoyed that movie much more than I had expected to. Christopher Plummer was so good as well but reading about his horrible misogynist (past?) attitude was disappointing. We need immigrants, our economies depend on growth that isn’t being met by already-citizen/perm-resident population growth (although sadly this perpetual growth of course killing the planet but that’s how our systems work), and immigrants enrich societies. However, as you welcome immigrants, don’t turn your back on those people who are out of ignorance blaming immigrants for their economic plight; these are different from the genuine racists. The conversation has to be had over and over again as the most disadvantaged people in society need extra support – in terms of helping them understand and economic helping hands to assist them with finding those jobs and gaining self-sufficiency.