Ana from Havana: Cuban-born actress de Armas making waves in Hollywood

Two years ago, Ana de Armas could barely speak English. Which turns out to be a hurdle when you’re trying to become a movie star in America. The 28-year-old Cuban remembers her first meetings with L.A. agents: “I was just nodding like, ‘I don’t know what you’re saying.’ Now I speak English,” she says, in English.

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Of course, since she’s mastered the language, she’s hardly been in the U.S.—de Armas spent the past few years globe-trotting. First, she saw Robert De Niro and Usher share a Panamanian dance floor during filming of this summer’s boxing flick "Hands of Stone"; then she hit Jordan with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller for the bro-y gunrunner comedy "War Dogs" (also out this summer). And now she’s in Budapest with hunks present and past (Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford) for the "Blade Runner" sequel.

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If you’re noticing a theme, yes, her films have largely been dude-dominated. But if the roles she’s playing are any indication, de Armas won’t be just another beautiful sidekick.

“They’re both the rock of their partner,” she says. “Not just the wives; they are understanding, and they forgive.”

And their motto?

“Don’t f**k with me.”