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Adria Arjona On Her Most Sentimental Jewelry and Her Favorite Tiffany Piece

Saturday, Apr 30, 2022
Adria Arjona On Her Most Sentimental Jewelry and Her Favorite Tiffany Piece

VOGUE – Last week, the Tiffany & Co. Botanica: Blue Book presentation in sunny Miami invited a host of jewelry lovers to view the company’s latest dazzling collection, as well as their archive, which included none other than the iconic Tiffany Yellow Diamond. One of the most stunning guests was Adria Arjona, who donned a black dress by Tove and a glinting Tiffany Victoria diamond necklace. The actor’s love of jewels goes back to her childhood. “I’ve had my ears pierced forever,” she said.

Arjona, like many of those in attendance, was stunned by not only the amount of megawatt jewelry, but also the stories behind them. “It’s like looking at a baby and you can’t stop staring at the baby. That is what I just did with that diamond!” said Arjona about a green cuprian elbaite paraiba and diamond necklace she saw. “It is so impactfully beautiful. Pharrell’s child was there and he was in awe. Even a little kid can see it!”

And while she is an avid fan of Tiffany & Co.—who isn’t?—her love is sentimental. One of her earliest memories is of her mother’s bijoux. “My mom had a pair of favorite earrings and I would play with them while I had a bottle. She never took them off,” she says. “When I was older, I asked her [if I could] try them on and she said, ‘One day, they’ll be yours.’ When I turned 15, she gave them to me.” One of her other favorite pieces of jewelry from when she was a teenager was none other than the ubiquitous Return to Tiffany Heart Tag necklace. “All of my girlfriends had it, and it was the cool thing to have,” she says. “I’m glad I have it and I don’t have to purchase it again!”

She keeps her current favorite, a Tiffany & Co. diamond ring, with her constantly. “It is my prized possession. It is in my purse and it is with me everywhere,” she says. “I don’t trust a safety box!” Of course, though these pieces might come with a hefty price tag, Arjona notes there is an emotional tie to all things gem-encrusted. “There is something about diamonds and jewelry. It is a forever piece, and it is an heirloom for the family now,” she says. “There is poetry behind it. I’m not just buying this necklace, I’m buying it for the next 10 generations.”

Adria Arjona: Revista de Milenio’s Cover Girl For Issue No. 2

Saturday, Apr 30, 2022
Adria Arjona: Revista de Milenio’s Cover Girl For Issue No. 2

REVISTA DE MILENIOThe actress has a lot to celebrate… She is currently the most sought-after Latin American in Hollywood and is about to complete a decade of artistic career. She talks about that and more.
Adria Arjona is today the Latina with the most promising career in Hollywood, a title that doesn’t seem to matter to her. She maybe she hasn’t even noticed. She also doesn’t seem to realize how quickly time has passed when she told him that this year she celebrates 10 years of acting career. Adria has spent all this time completely focused, and to many it might seem like her success is sudden, but nothing could be further from the truth. And yes, she just appeared in Morbius alongside Marvel’s Jared Leto, which makes her one of the very few Latinas to appear in this universe; she will soon be seen in the remake of The Father of the Bride alongside Diego Boneta (directed by Gaz Alazraki) and she will star later this year in the Star Wars series Rogue One with Diego Luna.

Interviewing her was like talking to a friend, with that honesty and naturalness. During the shooting in Los Angeles at Desert Cyc, I can say that she was one of the sweetest, nicest and most cooperative people I have ever worked with, even after hours of shooting in the hot sun. Adria is someone who in minutes shows you that she knows herself and therefore knows what she wants and goes for it. Although she doesn’t usually talk much about her father, the singer Ricardo Arjona, it was funny when, while taking a picture of him in a car, a song of his was randomly played, a moment that made her very happy and she couldn’t help it. smile.

In addition to the projects already mentioned, the actress debuts as the protagonist and producer of Los Frikis, a film about the true story of some teenagers who contracted AIDS on purpose in the 1990s to escape oppression in Cuba. “I think that so far it may be one of my favorite movies, it was something magical that everyone had to see. We flew people from Cuba to film in the Dominican Republic and it was a moment where I just wanted to stay in that bubble. Seeing what life is like from another perspective was the most incredible gift. It is a movie that honestly changed my life, I am very happy that people see what this whole team created, ”she confessed to me excitedly. This is just the prologue to the successful and inspiring career that I predict and wish for Adria.

Acting in Morbius makes you a part of cinematic history. How was the preparation process and what was the greatest lesson that it left you?
The preparation was to work a lot with the director Daniel Espinoza and mold the character because Martine exists in the comics as the secretary of Doctor Morbius and in this version I am a doctor along with him. It was to make the character more intelligent, empowered and interesting, which is why I started seeing interviews of women who speak with such conviction. I talked a lot with my aunt who is a doctor in order to understand the compassion with which Martine views medicine, but it was a role that she was actually very nervous about. The greatest lesson she left me, without a doubt, would be to speak with conviction, Martine is not afraid to say what she thinks and clings to her intelligence. Sometimes because I’m embarrassed I keep quiet and now, after her, I feel safer to say what I want.

Do you see yourself reflected in Martine Bancroft?
Martine is a version of me, but much higher, I always work like this. I try to be a little more like her and I think that in the end the character was left with a side more of me after finishing the film.

What has been your most desired goal since you began your career as an actress?
There are so many moments. I turn to see the past and I think I would never have imagined reaching the point I have reached, it makes me very nostalgic. I never thought I would have this, not as a career, but as a person because I have changed so much from traveling so much and meeting the most amazing people. That’s what I’m left with, how I’ve learned so much.

Tell us about the teachings you took from your father throughout your life. How do they present themselves in your career?
They are completely different races. I always ask my dad for advice, but it’s personal, father-daughter advice, and it’s very special to me. He has helped me a lot, as have my mom and my brothers. In the end, my motivation is always to make them feel proud of me and to continue representing the Arjona family in another world, in Hollywood. I have learned a lot from him, but I manage my career in the way that suits me because at the end of the day the one who is choosing these characters is me.

You are a fusion of Latin blood: you were born in Puerto Rico, your family is Guatemalan, you grew up in Mexico and you lived in Miami…
I feel super proud to be Latina, I will always feel that way. I am a little bit from everywhere, I feel that I carry many flags with me and I have learned a lot culturally from each place. I am proud to speak Spanish, to have connections in each of these countries, and my responsibility as a Latina is to try to tell more of their stories and change the narrative.

And speaking of that narrative… how do you seek to change it for the better?
The only thing I can do is tell the story of different women and teach or reintroduce to the world what a Latina is. We are blood from different places and I think they have put us as one, that’s why when I say I’m Latina they always classify me as a woman of strong character, but I don’t think that’s true. The important thing is to be able to say that we are different and versatile women, that we are not one single thing. That is my goal and I do it by choosing projects and producing films that tell other kinds of stories.

You are a Latin icon, what impact do you want to leave on the new generations?
That if I made it, they too. I really celebrate that there are more Latin Americans in Hollywood and I am sure that right now is the time for Latinos. My advice would be don’t let anyone put you in a box, do what your heart tells you and don’t be told how to do things. Tell your story!

Your campaign with Armani Beauty has a particular focus on sustainability. What impact are you looking to achieve?
You have a responsibility in your personal life to change, and in my case not only because I am part of the brand, it goes further. It’s the small things of everyday life, for example if I go to the beach and I see garbage I start to clean it, if I see a bottle of water in the park, I recycle it. We have a house among all humanity, we must take care of it. In my personal life, I not only try to associate with like-minded people, but also to share information that I am sure can make a change on the planet.

This year you celebrate 10 years of career, congratulations! how you feel?
Wow 10 years! I feel like he feels so much longer. In this time I have grown a lot as an actress and as a person, they have been years of many opportunities, of working with incredible directors, they have not been able to put me in a box and I would like to continue like this. I want to continue working on things that make me grow, that scare me, continue giving life to characters that challenge me. Today I am sure that I want to open more doors for all that Latin American talent and make it a little easier for them than it was for me.

Adria Arjona on bringing out the hero in Morbius

Saturday, Apr 9, 2022
Adria Arjona on bringing out the hero in Morbius

Be sure to read the whole interview at THE LATERALS website!

Being in the Marvel and Star Wars universes is an accolade not many actors can tout, but when you see Adria Arjona’s resume, it all makes sense. She cut her teeth on Narcos, True Detective, and Good Omens, among other hit series, by leaving an indelible mark on fans who enjoy depth and storytelling.

Adria Arjona’s tale is just as interesting as her childhood, which allowed her to travel the world. Her father is the famous singer-songwriter, Ricardo Arjona, and Adria tagged along on his tours around the globe. The different cultures have given her a profound insight that allows the range to be any character—not just a Latin one.

Arjona’s warm-hearted nature radiates across the screen in the highly anticipated Marvel movie, Morbius. She stars opposite the titular, Dr. Morbius, played by Jared Leto, and brings forth humanity in the foreboding monster.

Most will rest on the laurels of a Marvel movie, but Adria is not done with 2022 just yet. She will be starring in Andor on Disney+, and she is set to put a Latin twist on the classic Father of the Bride. Adria Arjona is managing to stay busy, and it is easy to see why.

I had the privilege of interviewing Jack Whitehall. I just thought your relationship with him in Good Omens was so fun and natural. Was that chemistry natural from the onset?
To be honest, I think Jack is such a fun and welcoming person, and I feel like he just shows you exactly who he is, so it was easy for us. Within two minutes, we were dying laughing and just having a good time, and it was pretty natural. We talked about the relationship, talking about our lives and catching up, and then we just got on set and followed through with what we had!

Good Omens is a really fun show, and I like how involved Neil Gaiman was. Were you able to bounce ideas off of him? Because everything about the show seemed so well executed.
Yes! To both our director and Neil. I would say Neil was there for every single scene that I shot, with the exception of maybe one. It’s such an honor and a privilege to have the person who created this. I mean, obviously we didn’t have Terry Pratchett, unfortunately, but he created the world with Terry and he understood it. If I had a question, sometimes even the director would be like, “Go to Neil, that’s a Neil question.” The way Neil talks is very calm and poised, and he would give me like a 20-minute answer. With everything that I thought or was planning on doing, he would turn it around and something better would come out of it. It really was a privilege to have him on set, and until today, it’s probably one of my favorite things I’ve ever done.

It was really fun, and it was also the first role that I was ever offered. Neil sort of wrote it with me in mind, and I couldn’t comprehend that. I was like, “Wait, I need to audition, I can’t! I can’t just accept this!” I was a really big Neil Gaiman fan, so I was very scared going into it. I think I almost quit, like twice, but Neil said, “You got this. This was for you and I believe in you.” I remember after the first week, he looked at me and was like, “well, I guess, we can’t fire you now.” I was like, “I know you can’t fire me, but oh my god, I made a mistake.” I was very scared. Neil was a big pioneer for me in not putting me in a box or stereotyping me for something. He gave me material that a lot of people wouldn’t have given a Latin American actor. I thank him for that, and I learned a lot from him.

In addition to Good Omens, you were in some fantastic television shows such as Narcos and True Detective. Both of which are known for building a fantastic world. Who has the better crafts table: Netflix or HBO?
Oh, don’t ask me that! They both employ me all the time, and I can’t answer that! I think they are both incredible. They have a wide range of content and materials. I literally just worked with HBO and I love them over there. I also love the Netflix family. They have both been such good homes, and they’ve been so kind, nice, and welcoming to me that I wouldn’t be able to answer this both as a consumer and as an actor.

With your experience in both movies and miniseries, do you prefer the storytelling of one method over another?
I think they’re both great and very different. For example, I like the fact that you get to tell a story from beginning to end in an hour or two hours with movies, but I also really like exploring the method of a mini series through multiple seasons. I haven’t done that yet, as opposed to a miniseries where you only have like six or eight hours to really explore this character and tell the journey of this character. Both have their own challenges, but I always gravitate a little bit more towards movies. Miniseries and TV shows are challenging as there’s a lot to tackle, a lot to take in, and a lot of stories to tell. If it’s not the right character, you can be in trouble, so I always gravitate more towards movies. But in Andor, I love my character. I fell in love with my character, and I could tell you about it for another ten hours. I got lucky in that sense. Even if you put theater into the equation, that is completely different as well. You have the reinforcement of your audience, and you get the applause right then and there. I think they’re all different, and I like to play with all of them!

You star alongside Jared Leto as the female lead in Marvel’s Morbius. Are you prepared to be enshrined in Marvel history and lore?
I was really excited. I remember being so nervous but also so eager to work with the director, talking to Jared, and jumping in with the writers. All I wanted was to get started! I was like, “I can’t have a month of me waiting to be on set.” That was honestly horrible, because you just want to get there. Daniel did such a good job of making us forget that it was a Marvel movie. He kept reminding us that it was just a movie and that a lot of people are going to watch it, but to not focus only on that, so we could just tell the best version of the story. I really enjoyed that. There was no pressure. We supported ourselves on the script, and Jared also set the tone for us and was in character the entire time. It was hard work, but it was so incredibly rewarding when you step back and you go, “holy shit, we are in a Marvel movie, the whole world’s going to watch this.” But if you go into a Marvel movie saying this to yourself, I mean, it’s just a lot of pressure. I don’t know how people do that. April 1st. I’m ready. I can’t wait to share this with the world. I think we’ve all waited so long that I just want people to share it.

Morbius has always been an enigma in the Marvel Universe, appearing as both a villain and a hero. As Martine, do you bring out the hero or villain in Morbius?
I would say I would bring out the hero in Morbius. I think Martine is the compass of good. Morbius is battling through something that I think a lot of us forget: we battle with ourselves. Like Jekyll and Hyde, we all have a good side, and we all have a bad side. Morbius is battling through it, and I think Martine is extremely helpful, supportive, and loyal to him. She is willing to help him and really still believes that inside of all of this, a great Dr. Morbius still exists.

A fabulous path: Adria Arjona debuts as a Marvel heroine

Friday, Apr 1, 2022
A fabulous path: Adria Arjona debuts as a Marvel heroine

HARPER’S BAZAAR MEXICOAfter a firm step in television and film, the actress debuted as a Marvel heroine by playing Martine Bancroft in the movie Morbius . But this is only the preamble of what we can expect from her.

Adria Arjona ‘s journey continues to promise surprises and success, making her a Latin pride.

The first time I saw Adria Arjona in a magazine I was struck by her air of naturalness. In an age where exaggerated faces with digital manipulations rule, her genuine beauty was like a breath of fresh air.

I began to follow her career and it was immediately high on my wish list to photograph her for Harper’s Bazaar.

It took a few years for this wish to come true, but today, Adria Arjona , at a key moment in her career, finally stars on the cover of this magazine.

The timing is now perfect, since this month the Latin star becomes a supernova by playing Martine Bancroft in the film Morbius , along with Jared Leto and Michael Keaton.

In a telephone interview, Adria tells me about this great challenge.

“BEING A PART OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, WORKING WITH JARED AND WITH DIRECTOR DANIEL ESPINOSA WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE. WE DEVELOPED MARTINE WITH THE WRITERS AND WITH DANIEL, BRINGING A VERY INTERESTING TAKE ON THE CHARACTER,” SHE STATES.

“For Dr. Morbius, Martine is his anchor, what keeps him grounded. She is confident and smart. When we designed the wardrobe, Daniel asked me for a more conservative and, at the same time, masculine Martine: more pants and more blazers , without sexualizing her. Her intellect stands out more than her image”, he assures.
In this film, transformation is a very important element. A physical, mental and spiritual metamorphosis.

In real life, Adria has evolved since she began her path to becoming an actress almost a decade ago.

“THERE HAS BEEN A HUGE TRANSFORMATION OVER THE YEARS, ONCE I DECIDED TO MOVE TO NEW YORK TO STUDY AND START ACTING, TO TODAY. I CONSIDER THAT THIS CHANGE IS EVIDENT IN THAT I AM MORE SURE OF MYSELF, I AM NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK AND EXPRESS MYSELF. I HAVE LEARNED A LOT AND AM VERY FORTUNATE TO WORK WITH AMAZING ACTORS, DIRECTORS, PRODUCERS AND WRITERS,” SHE COMMENTS.

“I ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE IN LONDON – MORBIUS WAS PRODUCED IN THAT CITY – EXPOSED TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE AND CULTURES. TRAVELING AND EXPLORING EXPANDS YOUR MIND. THE MORE YOU KNOW AND COME OUT OF YOUR SHELL, THE MORE RECEPTIVE YOU BECOME. THAT HAS HELPED ME AS AN ACTRESS AND A WOMAN. YES, THERE HAVE BEEN MANY CHANGES AND NOW I FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE THINGS I WANT, AND AS A WOMAN IT HAS BEEN A BIG STEP FORWARD.”

Not only at a professional level has he experienced this cultural diversity. From the cradle, her life has been marked by the Latin influence of different places.
He was born in Puerto Rico, but comes from a Guatemalan family and grew up in Mexico. She later moved to Miami and later to New York to fulfill her dream of becoming an actress. And yes, the last name Arjona has everything to do with the Latin American icon: the musician Ricardo Arjona, her father.

“I admire him for his talent and for being so good both as a father and at his job. He is a man who loves to sing, write and perform in front of his audience” , he comments.

“HE WAS ALWAYS THERE, HE WAS AN EXCELLENT FATHER, A GREAT FRIEND AND A GREAT ACCOMPLICE. NOW THAT I SEE IT IN PERSPECTIVE I SAY: ‘WOW! HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO BALANCE YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE AND YOUR PERSONAL LIFE WHEN YOU HAVE SO MUCH WORK, TRAVEL AND GO FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER’. AND I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HIM. HE IS AMAZING AND I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.”

“The more you know and come out of your shell, the more receptive you become. That has helped me as an actress and a woman. Yes, there have been many changes and now I feel good about the things I want.
Being the daughter of one of the most successful singer-songwriters in Latin America did not mean that Adria had an easy path to fulfill her own dreams.

His father always instilled in him to work and prepare to achieve his goals. Everything that Adria has achieved so far is her own merit and the product of hard work.

Today, in addition to consolidating her acting career, Adria is the global ambassador for Armani Beauty and the image of the My Way and My Way Intense fragrances. Both perfumes stand out for their sustainability stamp, through actions such as their refillable and recyclable bottle, their carbon neutrality and the use of natural ingredients obtained responsibly through local programs based on fair trade principles.

“I LOVE NATURE, I ENJOY THIS PLANET AND I WANT MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY IT. I LOVE BEING ABLE TO BE THE FACE OF MY WAY AND HAVE AN INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY, DEFORESTATION, WATER STEWARDSHIP AND HOW WE CAN HELP DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES TO HAVE CLEAN WATER. SOMETIMES WE BLIND OURSELVES AND DO NOT SEE HOW PRIVILEGED WE ARE. THERE ARE MANY PLACES THAT DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO DRINKING WATER. AND TO BE A PART OF THESE TALKS AND THIS LEARNING MAKES ME FEEL VERY LUCKY,” SHE SAYS.

The future promises a lot for Adria Arjona. It will continue to be a very important year in this journey that she has decided to make in her career as an actress. The horizon is full of exciting new adventures.

“AFTER THE PREMIERE OF MORBIUS , THE CLOSEST PROJECT I HAVE IS THE FILM THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE , A REMAKE OF THE 1991 FILM. IN THIS NEW VERSION, DIRECTED BY GARY ALAZRAKI, MY FATHER IS ANDY GARCÍA, MY MOTHER IS GLORIA ESTEFAN, DIEGO BONETA IS MY HUSBAND AND I PLAY THE BRIDE”, SHE REVEALS.

“THE FILM IS ABOUT DIFFERENT LATINO CULTURES. MANY PEOPLE THINK THAT ALL OF LATIN AMERICA IS THE SAME, BUT WE ARE DIFFERENT, ALTHOUGH OUR LANGUAGE IS SPANISH, WE SPEAK IT TOTALLY DIFFERENTLY AND THIS FILM BRINGS THOSE DIFFERENCES TO LIGHT”.

Additionally, Adria will executive produce a beautiful and endearing piece about the AIDS pandemic, inspired by a true story.

And as if that were not enough to be part of the Marvel universe, the actress will also join the Star Wars saga later this year.

“I WILL SHARE CREDITS WITH DIEGO LUNA. IT IS A PLEASURE TO DO PROJECTS WITH THE “MEXICAN DIEGOS” –BONETA AND LUNA–. GETTING THE CHANCE TO BE IN BOTH STAR WARS AND MARVEL IS CRAZY, I’M PRETTY EXCITED. IT IS TO BE PART OF THE HISTORY OF CINEMATOGRAPHY. I CAN’T SAY MUCH YET, BUT I ASSURE YOU THE SERIES WILL BE FANTASTIC.”

The last question I ask her is a reflection of the genuine and conscious essence that encompasses this wonderful actress: if you had a wonderful lamp with a genie that granted you a wish, what would you wish for?

“DEFINITELY, THAT ACTIONS BE TAKEN TO CURB GLOBAL WARMING. I COULD BE SELFISH AND ASK FOR SOMETHING FOR MYSELF, BUT I THINK WE NEED TO SOLVE THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS GLOBALLY FIRST.”

Adria Arjona Stuns as Martine Bancroft in Morbius

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2022
Adria Arjona Stuns as Martine Bancroft in Morbius

The photo session has also been updated with replacing previous versions with higher quality as well as adding a couple new images.

Photoshoots > Outtakes > Session 022

ELLE MAGAZINEIt’s just one of several high-profile projects the Tiffany & Co. ambassador has coming up.
Adria Arjona hopes I won’t mind meeting her family. She’s just returned to Los Angeles after filming Los Frikis in Santo Domingo, and her mom and brother have surprised her with a visit. We’d made plans to meet up at an outdoor café, but when we arrived to find it unexpectedly closed, Arjona was quick to invite me to her place, just a few minutes up the road.

It’s starting to get dark when we pull up to her serene, airy ranch house, where her family has settled in. Outside the café, I’d barely recognized the 29-year-old actress, who was masked and bundled up against an unusual L.A. cold snap in a cozy, chunky gray sweater; cropped, wide-leg Celine pants; and lug-soled Chelsea boots, her dark brown hair (often blown out in photos) curly and wild.

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  • Once we’re inside, introductions are made, red wine is poured, and Arjona and I step out to the patio to sit by the pool and talk. She loves this house, which she shares with her husband. She’s been away for a year and feels like she is finally back in her sanctuary. “When I’m home, I tend to just stay home. I go shopping in my closet, my drawers, like, ‘I [forgot] I had this!’ ”

    I ask Arjona where she feels most at home, and she nods toward the sliding glass doors, behind which her mother is puttering around the glowing kitchen. “Wherever [she] is.” Arjona is the daughter of platinum-selling Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona and Leslie Torres, a former model originally from Puerto Rico. Arjona grew up in Mexico, but would occasionally travel to see her father on tour. “There was definitely a certain circus energy, a circus style of living,” she says of her early years.

    For a while, her parents thought she might be deaf, “just because I was in my own world, creating different characters and stuff,” she says. “The doctor was like, ‘I’m sorry to tell you, but your daughter is ignoring you.’ ” As a kid, Arjona wanted to be an ice skater, then a lawyer, then a teacher. “My dad was like, ‘You have a personality disorder. Or you’re an actress.’ ” When she was 12, her parents divorced, and she moved with her mom to Miami, where she lived until enrolling at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York at 18.

    Genre-wise, Arjona’s short career has been incredibly diverse; she’s taken on action, comedy, and fantasy, which feels remarkable in itself, but especially so for a Latin American actress. Did she set out to defy expectations, or did it just happen? “I’ve been told, ‘You’re not Latina.’ Or ‘You’re too Latina.’ Or ‘You look a little Italian.’ Or I get compared to my colleagues. Or I’m being called by their names.” Eventually, she says, “I think there was an acceptance. ‘You need to tick a box? Okay, I’ll tick a box for you.’ I’ll make my career out of ticking boxes, and then at some point I’ll break free from that.”

    It would seem she has. She’s played Dorothy Gale in the Emerald City series and Anathema Device in the Amazon adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neal Gaiman’s book, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. She’s appeared in season two of HBO’s True Detective and opposite Jason Momoa in Netflix’s Sweet Girl.

    She’s also shot campaigns for Tiffany & Co. and Armani. “The last five years, I’ve sort of been building up this momentum,” Arjona tells me. “But this year, specifically, has been really busy.” In April, Arjona stars as Martine Bancroft, fiancée to Jared Leto’s Dr. Michael Morbius, in Morbius, a Spider-Man spin-off. It’s her biggest role to date. Ahead of meeting Arjona, Morbius director Daniel Espinosa recalls a conversation with Ryan Reynolds, who had worked with the actress on 6 Underground. “He told me, ‘Daniel, she’s a movie star.’ He never says that about anyone,” Espinosa says. “Adria took the part from us. Nobody gave it to her. It was clear—the part was hers.”

    Morbius was shot three years ago, but the timing of the release could not be better. “It feels like there’s been a progression,” she says, adding that working with Leto was an education in itself. “I almost felt like I was in acting school, watching him perform and prepare. His determination is definitely contagious.” Leto never broke character while filming; Arjona almost forgot it was him. “I met Jared in L.A., and then I worked with Dr. Morbius for three months, and then I came back to L.A. and saw Jared. I was like, ‘Hey man, how have you been? I heard you shot a movie!’ ”

    Later this year, Arjona will appear in the Cuban American remake of Father of the Bride, with Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan, and the Disney+ Star Wars series Andor, a prequel to Rogue One, starring Stellan Skarsgård and Diego Luna.

    At the start of the pandemic in 2020, Arjona was in Paris for Fashion Week when people started coming in from Milan and testing positive for COVID-19. That’s when she got a call about traveling to London to do a screen test with Diego Luna for Andor. “I was freaking out,” she says, both about traveling and the opportunity. “Should I wear a mask? Should I not wear a mask? I was so scared that I wasn’t going to be let back into the country.” So she called her mom. “She just said, ‘Let the force be with you, my daughter,’ and hung up the phone. So I went straight to London.” She auditioned for showrunner Tony Gilroy and was cast on the spot.

    Knowing she had a job lined up post- quarantine provided Arjona with some peace of mind during the first work pause she’d had in a long time. Mostly she read and wrote, but she also helped launch a fragrance—Armani’s My Way. The Zoom press conferences somehow felt more genuine to her than the usual junkets. “You could just be like, ‘I’m kind of having a shitty day,’ and it was just more real,” she says.

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  • Gearing up to shoot Andor after the time at home was one of the scariest experiences of her life. “I prepared so much. I kept reading and rereading the script to the point where I was like, ‘I need to stop.’ ” The UK was in total lockdown and it was the middle of winter, but she found the five-month shoot incredibly cozy. “I worked with really nice people—800 of the most talented people. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

    Los Frikis, the indie film she just wrapped in Santo Domingo, is about a Cuban punk subculture in which kids intentionally infect themselves with HIV in order to live in an AIDS sanitarium. Arjona starred in and executive produced the film. Also coming up is HBO’s Irma Vep, a limited series adaptation of the 1996 film by Olivier Assayas starring Alicia Vikander. “It was a movie within a movie; now it’s a movie within a movie within a TV show,” Arjona says. One of the things that stood out to her on set was how much she got to interact with Vikander. After one five-page scene, she says, “Alicia and I sort of looked at each other, and we were like, ‘That was so much fun! Why don’t we get to do this more often?’ ”