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November 23 2019
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Ana de Armas at the B.F.I. screening of Knives Out. Next up: she stars in the Phoebe Waller-Bridge–scripted James Bond movie.

“It was so scary,” Ana de Armas says, recalling her arrival in Boston last fall to start filming Knives Out. “I was really nervous.”

The 31-year-old Cuban actress had been cast for the Rian Johnson murder mystery in something of a whirlwind. She auditioned for the role via Skype from Thailand, where she was shooting another movie; when that went smoothly, Johnson asked for an in-person meeting, with filming only a couple of weeks away; then, after passing that final round, she was cast just five days before she had to film her first scene.

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