- Jamie Lee Curtis thought Ana de Armas would be “unsophisticated” before meeting her.
- Curtis said she thought de Armas’ background in Cuba would have made her “inexperienced.”
- “That first day, I was like, ‘Oh, what are your dreams?'” Curtis recalled in a new profile of de Armas.
In the profile for Elle, Curtis opened up about the first time she met de Armas on the set of their 2019 mystery film “Knives Out.”
“I assumed — and I say this with real embarrassment — because she had come from Cuba, that she had just arrived,” Curtis said. “I made an assumption that she was an inexperienced, unsophisticated young woman. That first day, I was like, ‘Oh, what are your dreams?'”
According to the article, Curtis had wanted to introduce de Armas, who’d had a career in Cuba and Spain before landing her breakout Hollywood role with “Knives Out,” to Stephen Spielberg, or to her godchildren, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
But Curtis was reportedly surprised to learn that de Armas was already acquainted with Jake. As the profile noted, de Armas is also friends with Keanu Reeves, who was her costar in the 2015 thriller “Knock Knock.”
Elsewhere in the Elle profile, Curtis praised de Armas as being “curious” and asking “a lot of questions.”
“She is not as fancy as maybe the advertisements would have you believe,” the “Freaky Friday” star said of her friend. “She leans in, interested; talking to her is kind of give-and-take.”
De Armas will star as Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming
film “Blonde.” Based on the 2000 novel by Joyce Carol Oates and directed by Andrew Dominik, the film also stars Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, and Garret Dillahunt.