Actress Ana de Armas has opened up about her desire to step away from action based roles after her latest part in the upcoming John Wick spin-off, Ballerina.
De Armas has been thrust into the spotlight over the last few years. You might know her best as the young nurse Marta Cabrera in the hit mystery Knives Out, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.
This ultimately shot her to fame, and as a result, landed her some incredible roles…
One of the most famous being as the Bond girl Paloma, in James Bond’s latest movie No Time to Die. This was followed by the Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, which came out last year, in which she played the iconic movie star. The latter earned her another nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
However, she did receive some backlash for her portrayal of the icon, particularly for an uncomfortable scene, which saw Monroe have a conversation with her unborn child.
But the controversy was later quashed by Monroe’s estate, who defended Armas, saying she “was a great casting choice.”
And it seems the variety of her performances caught the eye of John Wick producers because she was quickly snapped up to play the lead in their latest spin-off.
The upcoming action thriller, Ballerina, stars de Armas as an unlikely ballerina-turned-assassin, Rooney, who goes on a rampage in search of revenge after hitmen kill her family.
As the film takes place in the John Wick universe, fans will also get to see some of their favourite faces reprise their roles…
Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, and Anjelica Huston will all make an appearance, as well as John Wick himself, Keanu Reeves.
But it seems that this might be the last time we see de Armas in an action role, as she told Vanity Fair that she wants to focus on other genres.
The actress opened up about her thoughts in the recent interview, saying: “After Bond, there was kind of a wave of all these action roles, and that was fun. I chose from the ones that I thought were more exciting or with people I wanted to work with.
“I feel like Ballerina is going to be the end of that, at least for now, because I’m craving a wave of Blonde-type films.
The actor continued: “I want to do work with directors and do character work. I have had the opportunity to meet directors that I want to work with.
“The people that I’m getting access to is changing, and that makes me very excited.”
In other parts of the interview, de Armas discussed her 2022 film Blonde. Vanity Fair questioned De Amas about if Blonde‘s depiction of Hollywood had caused her to reevaluate what it’s like to work in the business.
She said: “Oh, yeah, for sure. The sad part for me – and the most challenging – is to see not only what happened in the ’40s and ’50s and ’60s but to see patterns continue to happen.
“It’s definitely made me more protective of myself and set boundaries and know my limits for how much I’m willing to give – and how much I want to keep to myself.
“But at the same time, it clearly is a place where incredible opportunities happen.”