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This is one of the interviews of the year, the protagonist is the actress Anne of Arms and and the place, or rather the medium, the August issue of the American edition of ELLE. In a conversation with our colleague Marisa Meltzer, she talks about her career, her projects, the action movie of the summer –“The Gray Man” – with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans… and other more personal issues such as syour relationship with Ben Affleck and why after breaking up with him he left Los Angeles.
In the in-depth interview, the Spanish-Cuban actress confessed that the decision to leave Los Angeles was one of the most complicated of her life. But she had a compelling reason to do so, because ever since she started dating Ben after meeting him in 2019 on the set of ‘Deep Water’, she’s been subjected to the suffocating pressure from the paparazzi.
He was “Horrible,” she says on ELLE, nodding and opening her big round hazel eyes to emphasize “that’s one of the reasons I left LA.” And it’s that after spending 7 years in Los Angeles, seeing how the lives of other artists became a glass jar completely open to the paparazzi tracking their every move, it made him think.
“Going through it myself confirmed my thinking, ‘This is no place for me.’ It has become excessive. and adds that in Los Angeles “it’s always the feeling of something you don’t have, something missing. It’s a city that keeps you anxious.”
After leaving Los Angeles, Ben Affleck resumed his romance with Jennifer Lopez, two decades after being engaged, while Ana began a relationship with Paul Boudakadakis, Tinder framework. And on the strength of the lesson learned, he took care to move away from the spotlight to have the most discreet relationship possible.
More key points from Ana de Armas’ interview with ELLE
Ana confesses the balance between her intense desire to succeed in the Hollywood industry and the feeling of not being in her place: “I have the impression that sometimes I am not part of the community of Cuban artists. When I was in Spain I felt like I’m not part of the community there, especially because in Spain I did more TV than movies… And now I’m here, and I feel like I’m not either. Am I part of the community? I hardly know anyone. “
On his participation in the search for a writer for his future project”Ballerina” and the importance of feminism for her having grown up within the Cuban culture which she confesses: “It was really important for me to hire a writer, because until that moment when I got involved in the project, it was just the director, Len Wiseman and another guy. And I was like, ‘This isn’t going to work.’ So I interviewed five or six women writers and we hired Emerald Fennel. Of her feminism, de Armas adds: “I grew up in the most macho culture, and at the same time, Cuba is so free to many other ways that sometimes I’m surprised by things I hear that are still conversations in this country. I’m like, ‘Are we still here?
Of an increasingly open Hollywood, with her mind set on her casting and the importance of diversity, Ana says, “It’s definitely changing, it’s getting better. But it’s hard to know now, being in my position , because I know it’s not the same for everything… And I have the impression that it comes from the filmmakers, that diversity has become a necessity. You have to do what you have to. Thank God .”
Playing Latino roles on her own terms and her hope for Latino actors in the future, Ana explains: “I want to play Latinas, but I don’t want to put a fruit basket on my head every time… It’s my hope, that I can show that we can do anything if we have time to prepare , and if we’re given the opportunity, just the opportunity, you can make any movie. The problem is that sometimes you don’t even make it into the room with the director.
Ana de Armas also speaks in the interview with actor Chris Evans, co-star of ‘The Gray Man’, and also coincides with ‘Knives Out’ and ‘Ghosted’, who says: “I’m his fan first. There are some people on camera that you can’t take your eyes off of, and the range he offers, from power to vulnerability, is incredibly wide.”
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