Ana de Armas is a gorgeous and immensely talented actress, and her beauty has landed her a coveted new role as the face of Estee Lauder cosmetics. The Knives Out star follows in the footsteps of such stunners as Elizabeth Hurley, Paulina Porizkova and Carolyn Murphy. The new title is yet another feather in her cap for what is looking to be a breakout 2021 for the actress. She stars in the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die, and in Netflix’s highly anticipated Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, as the iconic film bombshell. We’ve got five things to know about Ana:
Ana and Ben Affleck had a serious romance
The pair met in 2019 while filming the thriller Deep Water. It sparked a romance rumors when the 48-year-old and Ana were seen shopping and going to cafes together in Havana, Cuba on March 6, 2020, being super flirty. They then jetted to Costa Rica for a romantic beach vacation. The couple made it back to Los Angeles as it went into home lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic in late March. Ben and Ana hunkered down and quarantined together, which brought them even closer. The couple could be seen passionately making out during their daily walks to get out of the house.
Eventually the relationship became serious enough that Ana became close with Ben’s three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner: Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 8. The pair made it through the crazy year that was 2020, only to break up in Jan. 2021. But Ana was remained beloved by Ben’s family. His brother Casey Affleck said after the split, “I think that Ana is just the sweetest, funniest, smartest, most charming person. I think she won’t have any problems meeting somebody else,” and added, ““I think she’s a catch in every way.
Ana was raised in Havana, Cuba
The world was first introduced to Ana when she was announced as part of the cast for No Time To Die. The James Bond film’s producers rolled out the cast list on April 25, 2019, and Ana was among the fresh faces joining the Bond-verse. Initially dubbed Bond 25 before the film’s official title was revealed, the film sees a retired James Bond “enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica” after leaving Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The Caribbean setting is perfect for Ana, who was born in neighboring Cuba. She was born in Santa Cruz del Norte, according to the Evening Standard, and raised in Havana. She attended Cuba’s National Theatre School as a team, planting the seeds that would grow into her successful acting career.
Ana has Spanish citizenship
Thanks to her mother, who is of Spanish descent, Ana was able to claim Spanish citizenship. After her debut in 2006’s Una rosa de Francia, an 18-year-old Ana moved to Spain. While overseas, she continued to develop her career. She found success in the Spanish TV series El Internado, a thriller set in a fictional boarding school.
Ana’s Hollywood breakout came in the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel
It was Blade Runner 2049 that put Ana on the map in Hollywood. After relocating to Los Angeles in 2014, she appeared in Knock Knock (2015), Hands Of Stone (2016) and War Dogs (2016.) However, it was her turn as the character Joi in the sequel to the sci-fi classic that earned Ana critical acclaim.
“Denis [Villeneuve, the director of Blade Runner 2049] created such a comfortable, healthy, and safe environment for all of us that I never thought about it in that way. And Ryan [Gosling], our lead actor, made it exactly the same,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “They are great stars onscreen, but on human levels, they are just as wonderful, and I always felt very respected and valued.” After that, she had a star-making role as Marta Cabrera in 2019’s Knives Out. In addition to Deep Water and No Time To Die, she will play Norma Jean Baker in the upcoming fictionalized chronicle of Marilyn Monroe’s life.
Ana has an active social media presence
At the time of this post’s publication, She had 3.9 million Instagram followers “Social media is great because you control your own platform. You have the power to show who you are and what you believe in out there – whoever follows you gets it straight from the source, without any filters, and I like that it’s up to each individual to decide,” she said to Harper’s.
“However,” she added, “I grew up in Cuba and had a lifetime with no social media or Internet – the only thing I grew up with was human contact and interactions, so I do think social media can become dangerous when it takes over your life.”