Ana de Armas Reflects on Paparazzi Attention During Ben Affleck Romance

In a new interview, Ana de Armas opened up about the attention her relationship with Ben Affleck received from the paparazzi: "It feels dangerous and unsafe."

By Alexandra Bellusci Sep 21, 2022 8:52 PMTags
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Ana de Armas wants to be recognized for her work and not her love life.

The Blonde actress opened up about the paparazzi attention she was receiving while dating her Deep Water co-star Ben Affleck back in March 2020. "I have never been someone that wants any attention that's not about my work," she told Variety during a cover shoot published on Sept. 21. "So when the attention is not about my work, it is upsetting, and it feels disrespectful, and it feels inappropriate, and it feels dangerous and unsafe." 

The Knives Out star explained how the paparazzi and online attention caused her to be concerned over her safety. Ana said, "But, especially in this country, I don't know how you can find protection. I don't know how you can stop that from happening, other than leaving."

The Gray Man actress, who begun her career in Cuba and has also worked in Spain confessed, "When I was living in Madrid, I was a very well-known actress and had press and paparazzi after me. It's something that you learn, unfortunately."

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However, the Cuban actress wants to continue to keep her private life out of the public eye and instead, be recognized for her work as an actress.

"I want to be remembered for my work. The other side, I'm not interested," she said. "Some people have a better time making peace with that. Some people even like it. I'm in the group of people who would prefer not to have that."

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During an interview with Elle in July, Ana confessed that she left Los Angeles after seven years due to the lack of privacy she received. "That's one of the reasons why I left L.A.," Ana said. "Going through it myself confirmed my thoughts about, 'This is not the place for me to be.' It became a little bit too much. There's no escape. There's no way out."

She continued, "It's always the feeling of something that you don't have, something missing. It's a city that keeps you anxious."

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