Jamie Lee Curtis admitted to Elle that before the filming of “Knives Out” She assumed her co-star Ana de Armas was an “inexperienced, unsophisticated young woman” new to Hollywood. “I assumed – and I say this with real embarrassment – because she had come from Cuba, that she had just arrived,” Curtis explained. “I made an assumption that she was an inexperienced, unsophisticated young woman. That first day, I was like, ‘Oh, what are your dreams?’ ”
At the time Curtis met de Armas while working on 2019’s “Knives Out,” de Armas had already appeared in “Blade Runner 2049” and “War Dogs” stateside. She had also been working for over a decade in Cuban and Spanish productions, starting in 2006.
Curtis added that she was so impressed with de Armas ‘performance that she offered to introduce her to Steven Spielberg so de Armas could play Maria in the “West Side Story” reimagining or introduce de Armas to Curtis’ godchildren Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Armas already knew Jake and had plenty of A-lister connections already, including a friendship with former “Knock Knock” co-star Keanu Reeves. The Armas is now set to star in Reeves’ “John Wick” spin-off, “Ballerina,” penned by Oscar winner Emerald Fennell.
De Armas is due to star as Marilyn Monroe opposite Adrien Brody in Blonde by director Andrew Dominik. The film – adapted from Joyce Carol Oates’s 2000 historical fiction novel – is slated for release on Netflix on 23 September.