Top directors Cary Joji Fukunaga, Rian Johnson and Denis Villeneuve have cast her in huge, recent motion pictures. And we're proud to highlight her on this day in Hispanic Heritage Month. Be sure to catch Ana de Armas once more in theaters everywhere this weekend in "No Time to Die."
How You Know Her
Alongside an ensemble cast of veteran movie stars, newcomer Ana de Armas stole the show as the genuinely good central figure in Rian Johnson's whodunit "Knives Out."
Before that, she was the digital projection with a heart of gold in Denis Villeneuve's "Blade Runner 2049."
And now, she'll keep hearts racing and bad guys flying as super stylish CIA Agent Paloma in the 25th 007 adventure, "No Time to Die."
Her Life So Far
The Cuban-Spanish leading lady has been working steadily in the business since 2006. Born in Havana in 1988 and raised in nearby Santa Cruz del Norte, she became enamored with the arts and entertainment early on. By age 14, she was studying at Havana's National Theater School of Cuba.
After appearing in a few Cuban projects, de Armas moved to Madrid, Spain, and was cast in the teen hit series El Internado. She starred on the show from 2007- 2010, then left the program to diversify her work. While she did land more Spanish film and theater roles, the actress had ambitions to make it in Hollywood.
She arrived in Los Angeles in 2014, and appeared the next year opposite Keanu Reeves in Eli Roth's "Knock Knock." She played one half of a femme fatale duo that holds Reeves' character hostage. In 2016, Reeves would knock once more, asking her to co-star in the crime thriller "Exposed."
From there, de Armas continued to dazzle in smaller roles. She was the wife of Miles Teller's arms dealer in "War Dogs." She was the AI girlfriend of Ryan Gosling's replicant detective in "Blade Runner 2049."
The Movie to See
Definitely check out "No Time to Die" in theaters to see Ana de Armas literally spread her wings to kick butt on the biggest canvas possible. But also revisit Rian Johnson's "Knives Out." While Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, and the rest of the A-listers are perfection, the movie doesn't work without the stellar de Armas. She is the soul and spirit of the movie. It's 2019's best film.
November 27, 2019
What's Up Next
First, there's "No Time to Die" this weekend. Next, Ana de Armas takes on the role of Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming "Blonde." She also has "Deep Water," a psychological thriller co-starring Ben Affleck, on deck. And she'll also star opposite former co-stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans in the Russo Brothers' project, "The Gray Man."
Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango, Movies.com, MediaTrip, Hollywood.com and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.