Ana de Armas is promoting Netflix’s The Gray Man in this Elle Magazine cover profile. I was concerned that we had already started the Blonde promotion, but this isn’t it. Ana’s Elle editorial is pretty and lowkey. It strikes me that she’s actually not a “high fashion” person, and she seems to prefer doing photoshoots which are either sexy or undone/regular-person stuff. I mean, Ana is beautiful and she doesn’t need to wear the latest trends and such. I enjoyed her Elle interview, she’s really funny and she’s pretty honest about most things. Some highlights:
All of the gossip about her split with Ben Affleck. “[The gossip was] horrible. Yeah, which is good. That’s one of the reasons why I left L.A.”
The paparazzi in LA: “Going through it [myself] confirmed my thoughts about, ‘This is not the place for me to be.’ It became a little bit too much. There’s no escape. There’s no way out.” In Los Angeles, she adds, “it’s always the feeling of something that you don’t have, something missing. It’s a city that keeps you anxious.”
She never thought she’d be an action actor: “The truth is, I never thought I was going to be an action actor. It wasn’t my thing… You have to be careful, because it’s not what I want to put the focus on. This is not where I’m the most comfortable, to be honest, because I feel ridiculous. And it takes a lot of work.”
Whether she likes living in America, in New York: “I do,” she says. “Sometimes… Sometimes I do; sometimes I miss Europe. I feel sometimes that I’m not part of the Cuban artist community, and then I was in Spain and I feel like I’m not part of the community there—especially because in Spain, I did more TV than movies. And then I’m here, and I feel like I’m not there yet either. You know? Am I part of the community? I barely know anybody.”
Her feminism: “I grew up in the most macho-man culture, and at the same time, Cuba is just so free in so many other ways that sometimes I’m shocked with the things that I hear that are still conversations in this country. I’m like, ‘We’re still here?’”
No social media: “I deleted Twitter years ago. I have barely been on Instagram for almost a year.” And no secret Instagram accounts–no secret anything.
She drank Fireballs on her 34th birthday: “It was at the beach and [there was] a fire pit, and we were working until almost 1 a.m. At the end, I said, ‘Okay. This is my birthday, so I need a Fireball.’” Yes, she recently discovered shot glasses of Fireballs—which she understands most Americans associate with college-era binge drinking—and thinks they’re the best thing she’s ever had. “I had everybody with me: my man, my dogs, Chris and the crew. I wasn’t home having a romantic dinner; I was on set with my people doing what I love and at the beach and having a shot of Fireball. So that was my 34th birthday. And it is the happiest I’ve been.”
The talk of Fireballs really gave me an unexpected hit of nostalgia. I forgot about Fireballs and I haven’t had one since college. It’s funny that Fireballs are her favorite drink now. I also felt a little bit sorry for her when she talked about not feeling like part of the Cuban artist community and not really being part of the Spanish arts community when she lived in Spain either. She’s kind of a displaced artist, with her feet in different worlds, trying to figure out where she really fits. It’s also clear that all of her coworkers love her too – this piece was full of her costars talking her up and being impressed by her. Anyway, I’m glad she’s out of LA – that relationship with Ben Affleck could have really damaged her career. She got out free and clear and now they’ve both moved on with much more suitable partners.
Cover and IG courtesy of Elle. Other photos credit Backgrid