While most celebs hunkered down in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas were some of the few A-list celebs paparazzi could regularly count on being out and about no matter what.
Since making things official right around the time the world went into shutdown mode, Ben and Ana have regularly been captured by paps walking their dogs, house hunting, getting locked out, nuzzling in their masks (other times without), laughing—always laughing, and toting Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee on the daily. The mundanity of it all has seemingly become a kind of comfort reminiscent of times pre-Covid.
What it’s also done is give onlookers another glimpse at Ben and Ana’s somewhat mysterious relationship. For a while, all fans knew was that the couple got to know each other on the set of their film Deep Water back in 2019. Then, they were photographed in Cuba together a few months later. Since then, the bulk of public knowledge about this couple has been pieced together from the paparazzi content that’s flooded the internet without context or explanation over these last few months.
So it’s understandable if you’re after some concrete answers.
While you could assume isolating together has been working out for them, you can never really know with these things. That’s where a body language analyst like Karen Donaldson comes in clutch. The expert took a look the couple’s moves and explained what each means for the fate of their relationship. All the details this way:
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Ana genuinely finds Ben hilarious.
“Ana’s laugh engages her entire face, where her eyes are closed, and her head is tilted back,” says Donaldson. “This tells us that she is completely and genuinely amused with whatever took place, whether it was what Ben said or did.” That’s a big deal to Ben. The angle of his upper body—turned toward Ana—despite the dog pulling him in the opposite direction, tells Donaldson that Ben’s super tuned into what Ana thinks of him.
They’re completely in sync.
Casual stroll? Nope, so much more than that. Ana and Ben are stepping forward with the same foot, they each have one arm extended, and the other is bent. The fact that they’re doing this subconsciously, says Donaldson, means they’re “highly familiar and comfortable with one another.” Moving in unison points to a couple having similar life goals, so she’s confident that what Ana wants, Ben wants and vice versa.
Ana wants an even deeper connection.
Ben and Ana typically stand side by side which means neither controls the relationship—they’re equals. But here, where Ben’s standing slightly ahead of Ana, she pulls him to her with both hands. It’s not so much a possessive move, but one that demonstrates her desire to deepen her connection with Ben so that they’re always on the same page, says Donaldson. “Her reaching into his space with this intimate gesture,” proves that this is a relationship she’s willing to put a lot into in order to make sure it lasts.
Ana has her guard down with Ben.
Even surrounded by cameras, these two can shut everyone else out. This, says Donaldson, is because neither Ben nor Ana are holding anything back from the other. You can see this most clearly in Ana’s body language. “Her stance is a display of fearlessness, and tells us she’s carefree and unconcerned about anyone else,” says Donaldson. She’s fully turned toward Ben with her arm behind her back to open herself up to him. This body language points to how “secure [Ana is] in her relationship and [how] at ease she is when around Ben.”
But wait, there’s more. The angle of people’s feet reveals what’s really on their minds. In this case, since both Ana and Ben’s feet are pointed toward the other, Donaldson knows this is exactly where both of them want to be and exactly what they want to be doing.
Ben’s proud to be there for Ana when she needs him to be.
Ana’s disconnected from this moment, but still, her arm around Ben’s is telling. “Her pulling him closer tells us she leans on him for support,” says Donaldson. She trusts him to always be there.
The look of attentiveness on Ben’s face makes clear that he takes this very seriously. Plus, a hand in his pocket (a sign of assuredness) means he’s feeling confident in his role as her support system.
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