Ana de Armas has revealed that she almost passed on playing Marta Cabrera in Knives Out, as she believed it would be a ‘stereotypical’ Latina character.
The actress notably portrayed the role of the nurse and close friend of Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) in the 2019 mystery movie, and recalled the character being described as ‘Latina, caretaker, pretty’ when she went to audition.
Ana initially wasn’t sure if she wanted to play such a role, but later changed her mind.
Speaking to Flaunt magazine, she explained: ‘Things could have been very different. 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”?’
Ana continued: ‘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.’
She added that it ‘gets very boring, very quickly’, as she has hopes to play other types of roles in the future.
Despite her original thoughts, that did not stop Ana, 32, from garnering acclaim from critics and fans for her performance, which also earned her her first Golden Globe nomination.
The star later recalled the first day of filming for the movie, admitting she was ‘really nervous’ and ‘terrified’.
She said: ‘I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me… you are working with these people who you’ve been watching on the screen for so many years, my whole life, and you don’t know what they’re going to be like.
‘You don’t know how they like to work… how much you can approach [them]… what their boundaries are. And then my own insecurities as an actor – my English, my accent. Everything was making me very nervous at the beginning.’
Credit: Original article published here.