Also making a return appearance to the list is Cuban ingénue Ana de Armas. Appearing in Blade Runner 2049 the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi cult classic Blade Runner. As the character of Joi, Ryan Gosling’s love interest, critics hailed her performance calling it “the source of most of the film’s emotional heft, and her connection with Gosling bolsters what could have been a mechanical performance into something far more compelling.”

While Hollywood is just starting to take notice of Ms. De Armas, she started to develop her resume well before teaming with Gosling and Ford. Honing her craft since the age of 16, first in independent film in her native Cuba and then in television in Spain. Yet, as she herself has stated “she doesn’t like to be stuck, not moving forward.” And move forward she did.

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