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na de Ar­mas, who started her jour­ney in showbiz from Cuba and Spain, is now grad­u­ally find­ing her way into Hol­ly­wood. The ac­tor says nav­i­gat­ing an in­dus­try in a dif­fer­ent coun­try is not easy.

“It [the tran­si­tion into Hol­ly­wood] has been tough, you have to sac­ri­fice a lot of things, you have to leave peo­ple and fam­ily be­hind. It is hard to con­nect with peo­ple [here] be­cause you are al­ways mov­ing and it is hard to keep [even] a re­la­tion­ship,” Ar­mas said.

She de­scribes the tran­si­tion as “scary”, be­cause it is hard to be sure that movies will keep com­ing her way. But she feels it is “em­pow­er­ing” too. “It is very em­pow­er­ing, ex­cit­ing and as­pir­ing when you see that, step by step, you are do­ing things and work­ing with great peo­ple.”

The Cuba-born ac­tor found pas­sion to­wards act­ing at a young age, and en­rolled for for­mal train­ing. Soon af­ter, work started pour­ing in.

Ar­mas was suc­cess­ful in Spain when she de­cided to ex­plore a new ter­ri­tory, and, in 2014, she moved to Los An­ge­les. Though she’s worked in sev­eral hol­ly­wood films, in­clud­ing Knock Knock (2015), War Dogs (2016) and Hands of Stone (2016), among oth­ers, her role as Joi in Har­ri­son Ford and Ryan Gosling-star­rer Blade Run­ner 2049 is be­ing touted as her big ticket in the West. Talk­ing about the up­com­ing film, Ar­mas said, “I re­mem­ber very well when I got a call from the cast­ing di­rec­tors and the pro­duc­ers, the mo­ment of joy in my heart was so high and strong that I will never for­get it.”

The 29-year-old ac­tor is happy with the way her ca­reer is shap­ing up. “I am re­ally en­joy­ing Los An­ge­les,” she said.

Ana de Ar­mas feels un­sure if she’ll stay in hol­ly­wood for­ever but she is happy with the way her ca­reer is shap­ing up PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

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