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In Hands of Stone, a biopic out this month about the boxer Roberto Durán, the actress Ana de Armas, 28, goes mano a mano in the marital ring. “In one scene, I find Roberto asleep with all these whores, and I slap him in the face to wake him up,” recalls de Armas, who plays Durán’s wife, opposite Edgar Ramírez. “My jewelry was chunky, and I hit him with my ring by mistake. But it was fine. Edgar would throw beer bottles at me. We always kept the scene going.”

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Neither does she tolerate any nonsense as the girlfriend of a man-child arms dealer (played by Miles Teller) in War Dogs, a dudes-with-guns caper also out this month. De Armas, who left her native Cuba for Spain at 18, and who only arrived in Los Angeles two years ago, is already being touted as Hollywood’s next big thing—thanks in part to her role in the much anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic, Blade Runner. But she’s not letting the accolades go to her head just yet. “I’m very impatient. I always want more. But I’m also still in the process of finding my sense of home. This business—the auditions, the anxiety—it’s all so, aaah, crazy! But I can always call my mom in Cuba to be reminded of what real life is.”

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