Ana de Armas was this close to not starring in Knives Out!
During a new interview with Flaunt, the 32-year-old actress revealed that she almost passed on playing Marta in the movie.
When she was first asked to audition, Ana said that her character was being described as “Latina, caretaker, pretty” and she assumed that Marta would just be branded as a stereotypical Latina character.
“Things could have been very different,” Ana shared. “I really pay attention to what that little description is. I’m sure whoever did it wasn’t thinking about what that meant but for me, I was just like, ‘Oh no, I’m not doing this!’ What do you mean—caretaker, Latina, pretty?’”
“I’m very proud of being Cuban and being Latina and I will play the most Latina any Latina has ever played Latina. But it also doesn’t interest me that much, all the time,” Ana continued. “It gets very boring, very quickly and I want to do other things… and even if you’re playing a Latina, not all Latinas are the same… I want to think and believe that I can play anybody, anywhere in the world because the stories I want to tell are universal. I want to be able to tell any story.”
Despite the original description, Knives Out was able to show that Marta was no stereotypical character, and Ana‘s portrayal earned her her first Golden Globe nomination.
Also in the interview, Ana opened up about fame as affected her.
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