A Couple of years ago, she could barely speak English. We all like an accent but if you you don’t master a language you won’t get any good role in a movie. And that’s just what Ana wanted. Become a movie star in America. The 28-year-old Cuban remembers her first meetings with L.A. agents: “I was just nodding like, ‘I don’t know what you’re saying.’ Now I speak English,” she says, in English.
Of course, since she’s mastered the language, she’s hardly been in the U.S.—de Armas spent the past few years globe-trotting. First, she saw Robert De Niro and Usher share a Panamanian dance floor during filming of this summer’s boxing flick Hands of Stone; then she hit Jordan with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller for the bro-y gunrunner comedy War Dogs (also out this summer). And now she’s in Budapest with hunks present and past (Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford) for the Blade Runner sequel.