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Ana De Armas Was About To Pass On Her Role As The ‘Pretty Latina Caretaker’ That Just Landed Her A Golden Globes Nomination

The Hollywood Foreign Press announced its picks for the year’s best in movies and TV this week. A few Latinos made the list. The rising star, Ana de Armas is making her Golden Globes debut this year for her role in “Knives Out.” Good thing the actress didn’t pass on the role. Here’s everything you need to know about the Cuban starlet. 

Rising star Ana de Armas was nominated for a Golden Globe.

The Cuban-Spanish star is making her debut at the Globes. She was nominated for Best Comedy Actress for the mystery-comedy movie “Knives Out,” in which she plays a nurse with an undocumented mother.

The description of the character seemed too cliché for De Armas, and she was about to pass on it.

According to De Armas, she almost rejected the role because she thought it was a pure stereotype of a Latina woman, “I get this email saying, ‘Nurse in a house and she’s Latina and she’s pretty and this is the scene,’” she said in an interview with AP. “And I was like ‘Are you kidding me? I don’t know what this is about.’ That little description doesn’t say anything to me, it doesn’t speak to me.” Until she delved deeper into the complexity of the character.

De Armas is determined to prove that she’s more than an “exotic” face with an accent.

Although she speaks naturally with an accent, she’s worked hard to prove herself capable of playing characters outside of her ethnicity and pushes her team to send her out on auditions for everything.

She studied theater in Havana and moved to Madrid to try her luck.

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De Armas attended theater school in Havana. Later, she moved to Madrid with $300 saved up to try a bigger pond. It was an amount that she assumed would help her survive for a few months (it would have in Cuba) but she quickly discovered otherwise. Still, de Armas found a way to land big roles in television and film. After 8 years in Madrid, she felt that she was ready to move on and try Hollywood even though she knew very little English.

After her initial skepticism, de Armas decided to give “Knives Out” a chance. 

She had to fight for access to the closely guarded “Knives Out” script, but after she read it she realized she had to do it. De Armas flew from the set of ‘Sergio’ in Thailand, to Boston to audition for Johnson, who had cast a wide net for the role of Marta (one of the only non-movie stars in the film that includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Christopher Plummer).

De Armas plays ‘Marta’ the “pretty, Latina, caretaker.”

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When she read the email describing the part, “Nurse. Latina. Pretty,” she remembers, it didn’t speak to her. But she was later surprised to find our that Marta was a multilayered character who was also the center of the story. 

Marta is the caretaker of legendary mystery author Harlan Thrombey, whose extended family is too busy counting the zeroes in their bank accounts to recognize their own privilege. 

After Harlan dies a sudden and grisly death, Marta is plunged into a shark’s tank of relatives hungry for his estate. Meanwhile two local detectives and a Southern-fried private investigator named Benoit Blanc snoop around, suspecting foul play.

The working-class character, specifically written as Latina, holds her own against a clan of upper-crust frenemies. 

She’s not just a peripheral window dressing or a stereotype or expendable. “Usually, when you’re Latina, what is usually highlighted is not necessarily the most positive qualities,” said De Armas. “These characters, they don’t exist.”

“Latinas rarely exist at the center of a film, especially not in the context that we have in this movie. So, because of the character description, my imagination immediately went to a portrayal that was not necessarily very positive or exciting in relation to Latin culture,” de Armas told “The Hollywood Reporter. “When I finally read the script, I realized that the description didn’t fit at all because Marta is so much more than that.”

De Armas was not the only Latin American artist nominated for a Golden Globe this year. 

Jennifer Lopez was nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture category for “Hustlers” and Joaquin Phoenix was nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama category for his performance in “Joker”.

During the filming of “Knives Out” de Armas formed a connection with Daniel Craig that would lead her to her next major role. 

De Armas’ friendship with Daniel Craig carried her over into the major franchise the actor stars in; James Bond. Once again though, de Armas was skeptical. A Bond girl is just not someone who resonated with her. After she found out that “Fleabag’s” Phoebe Waller-Bridge wrote her scenes, de Armas was heartened to discover that Paloma wasn’t the stereotypically “perfect” Bond girl but “messy and kind of crazy.” “I thought, ‘That Bond woman, I can be,’” she said.

READ: The James Bond Franchise Has Been Around For Decades But Only Recently Cast Its First Latina Bond Girl

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A Round-Up of the Best 2021 Golden Globes Fashion Moments

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A Round-Up of the Best 2021 Golden Globes Fashion Moments

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The 78th annual Golden Globes Awards aired last night, and because of the pandemic, the ceremony was like nothing we’ve ever seen before. The awards show was a “hybrid ceremony”, with some attendees joining the festivities in person and some joining virtually from their homes.

Because of that, the fashion situation was varied. While many people went full Hollywood glam, others went work-from-home casual (we’re looking at you Jason Sudeikis).

Yes, there was an actual physical red carpet in both New York City and Los Angeles (the awards were being broadcast from two cities), but many celebs opted to bring the red carpet into their homes.

Here is a round-up of our favorite fashion moments from the 2021 Golden Globes.

Anya Taylor-Joy

The Argentine beauty stunned in a beautiful emerald custom Dior gown and matching cape. Apparently, the ensemble took over 300 hours to make. Taylor-Joy was one of the many stars that decided to attend the awards show from home.

Yalitza Aparicio

The beautiful and super-talented Yalitza Aparicio wore head-to-toe Mexican designers. Her bold color-block dress was made by Mexican designer Kris Goyri and her jewelry was designed by Daniela Villegas.

Salma Hayek

The queen of red carpets didn’t disappoint this year. The Mexican-born actress wore a striking cherry-red one-shoulder Alexander McQueen gown. She paired the look with Harry Winston jewelry.

Sofia Carson

This former Disney Channel star wore a Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown on the red carpet. The Colombian triple-threat dazzled in a pale pink gown and a wine-colored cape with a large shoulder bow.

Eiza Gonzalez

Mexican-born actress Eiza Gonzalez wore a figure-flattering Versace dress to her virtual awards ceremony. She paired the look with slicked-back hair and a bold pink lip.

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox didn’t let a home-based ceremony cramp her style. The “Orange is the New Black” star wore a plunging ruby-red embroidered Thai Nguyen gown with caped sleeves.

Dan Levy

We can’t forget about the men! 2020’s breakout star wore a mustard yellow Valentino Men’s Haute Couture suit. He was one of the many stars that opted to attend the ceremony virtually.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis channeled her roots and wore an incredible custom African-print gown made by Black-owned LA-based brand, Lavie by CK.

Lana Condor

The “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” star also presented at this year’s Golden Globes. She wore a sheer, flowing cerulean blue Monique Lhuillier gown that was embroidered with pink flowers.

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie looked beautiful as always in a floral print ready-to-wear Chanel Spring 2021 gown.

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The Golden Globes And The Reporting Of It Shows A Stark Lack Of Representation

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The Golden Globes And The Reporting Of It Shows A Stark Lack Of Representation

The Golden Globes has long been criticized for the lack of diversity. Things haven’t really changed and, in fact, it was recently reported that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has had no Black members in two decades. Here’s a quick break-down of the 2021 Golden Globes.

Anya Taylor-Joy won Best Performance for an Actress for her role in “The Queen’s Gambit.”

Taylor-Joy’s portrayal as chess genius Beck Harmon earned the actress a Golden Globe. The Argentinian actress stunned in a green gown as she accepted the award while sitting at home. The virtual awards show is a very telling sign of the times as the pandemic lingers on as countries rush to inoculate their populations with available vaccines.

The limited series was a major hit for Netflix as millions of people watched Harmon’s rise to meteoric fame in the world of chess. The show led to a renewed interest in chess with sets flying off the shelves and book sales of the novel soaring.

“The Queen’s Gambit” won Best TV Movie or Limited Series.

Netflix reports that 62 million people watched “The Queen’s Gambit” during the first 28 days that show was live. It set a record. Social media was buzzing about the show that helped one of the oldest games in the world see a renewed interest as people around the world stayed at home because of Covid.

Yet, there is a lot that happened that shows the lack of diversity with the Golden Globes.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were the hosts of this year’s award ceremony and they quickly called out the lack of diversity within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Here’s a moment from the opening monologue when the two women specifically called out the HFPA glaring lack of Black journalists.

Poehler: “Yeah, they’re messy. OK, so since you guys aren’t usually here, let us explain what this even is. The Golden Globes are awards given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.”

Fey: “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is made up of around 90 international — no Black — journalists, who attend movie junkets each year in search of a better life. We say around 90 because a couple of them might be ghosts, and it’s rumored that the German member is just a sausage that somebody drew a little face on.”

Variety was caught in its own scandal after announcing Anya Taylor-Joy’s win.

The entertainment publication called Taylor-Joy the first woman of color to win the award since Queen Latifah in 2008. Some speculate that it was said likely because the actress has Latina heritage but it does not mean that she is a woman of color. Twitter worked quickly to educate Variety on why Taylor-Joy should not have been described as a woman of color.

Latinos run the spectrum of race and it is important that the nuances are not lost in cultural moments. Taylor-Joy is a Latina and a Latina winning the award should be celebrated. However, it is important that people understand what qualifies someone as a person of color.

Variety has changed the story and added a correction at the end of the story addressing the controversy.

One of the most impactful moments from the Golden Globes was Jane Fonda’s moving acceptance speech.

The legendary actress was honored with the Cecl. B DeMille award, which is one of the highest honors the HFPA can bestow. The award is in recognition of one performer’s “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”

Fonda used her speech to call out the lack of diversity and closed doors within the industry that must be dealt with.

“But there’s a story we’ve been afraid to see and hear about ourselves in this industry. A story about which voices we respect and elevate — and which we tune out,” Fonda said at the start of her closing. “A story about who’s offered a seat at the table and who is kept out of the rooms where decisions are made. So let’s all of us — including all the groups that decide who gets hired and what gets made and who wins awards — let’s all of us make an effort to expand that tent. So that everyone rises and everyone’s story has a chance to be seen and heard. I mean, doing this simply means acknowledging what’s true. Being in step with the emerging diversity that’s happening because of all those who marched and fought in the past and those who’ve picked up the baton today. After all, art has always been not just in step with history but has led the way. So, let’s be leaders, OK?

READ: Awkwafina Became The First Asian-American Woman To Win A ‘Best Actress’ Award, But People Are Still Mad At The Golden Globes—Here’s Why

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