Ana de Armas Explains Why She Left L.A. After Ben Affleck Romance

Ana de Armas
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What is it like to step back from the spotlight Ana de ArmasShe opened up about why she needed to get away from Los Angeles after a relationship. Ben Affleck.

The BlondeThe actress, aged 34, spoke openly with Elle magazine in her August 2022 cover story, confessing that she felt “anxious” due to the heightened attention on her relationship with the Argo director, 49. “It became a little bit too much,” de Armas said. “There’s no escape. There’s no way out.”

Being in a high-profile romance “confirmed” for theKnives Out star that the West Coast city was “not the place” for her. “That’s one of the reasons why I left L.A.. … It’s always the feeling of something that you don’t have, something missing,” she added. “It’s a city that keeps you anxious.”

The 2020 psychological thriller was a collaboration between de Armas and Affleck Deep WaterHulu released the film earlier this year, following delays caused by coronavirus. When they were spotted together in Cuba in March 2020, the duo set off dating rumors. Us WeeklyThe couple announced their relationship. The costars stayed together in California during the COVID-19 crisis and were often seen walking their dogs many times.

“Ben is very supportive of Ana and tells her how amazing she is,” a source told UseApril 2020. “Ana’s friends are constantly telling her how lucky she is to have Ben and think he is so charming, cool and fun. They’re so happy for her.”

Their whirlwind romance is almost one year old. UseThe actors have confirmed that they have called it quits. “Ben and Ana were so close to each other,” an insider revealed in January 2021. “They have their issues, but still want to remain on good terms and keep a friendship.”

The pair hoped to “still maintain some type of friendship” after their “amicable” breakup, the source told Use, adding that the Cuba native “was the one who called things off.”

Three months later, Affleck could be seen cuddling up to Jennifer Lopez after her split from fiancé Alex Rodriguez. The Gone GirlThe star and the singer, 52 years old, rekindled their love after they had been together since the early 2000s. Lopez had earlier announced that she was engaged to the Oscar winner for a second year.

Ana de Armas Says Heightened Attention on Ben Affleck Romance 'Is 1 of the Reasons' She 'Left' L.A.: It Was 'Too Much'

Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck

“Saturday night while at my favorite place on earth (in the bubble bath), my beautiful love got on one knee and proposed,” she wrote in her “On the JLo” newsletter in April. “I was taken totally off guard and just looked in his eyes smiling and crying at the same time. … It was nothing fancy at all, but it was the most romantic thing I could’ve ever imagined … just a quiet Saturday night at home, two people promising to always be there for each other. Two very lucky people. Who got a second chance at true love.”

The “Jenny From the Block” artist shares twins Emme and Max, 14, with ex-husband Marc AnthonyAffleck shares Violet (16, and Seraphina (13), as well as son Samuel (10 with ex-wife). Jennifer Garner.

For her part, de Armas has been focused on her career, which skyrocketed even further after 2021’s There is no time to die. “I felt very lucky,” she told Elle. “The truth is, I never thought I was going to be an action actor. It wasn’t my thing. You have to be careful, because it’s not what I want to put the focus on. This is not where I’m the most comfortable, to be honest, because I feel ridiculous. And it takes a lot of work.”

Her next project will be an action film. The Gray ManIt also stars Ryan Gosling Regé-Jean Page. “I was very happy to see that they didn’t rush this relationship,” she said of her costars. “Whatever’s going to happen in the future, I don’t know … but I was happy that the focus was on the mission.”

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