Penelope Cruz

(Penélope Cruz Sánchez)

Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz
  • Born: April 28, 1974
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Profession: Actress, Model

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Penélope Cruz Sánchez is a Spanish actress and model. Signed by an agent at the age of 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television, and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón Jamón (1992). Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), The Girl of Your Dreams (2000) and Woman on Top (2000). Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in the 2001 films Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Blow.

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All those cliches, those things you hear about having a baby and motherhood - all of them are true. And all of them are the most beautiful things you will ever experience.
As a kid, I had a lot of energy; but the ballet lessons made me calm - this pleased my mother.
As an actress, I really love people like Anna Magnani and Debra Winger. I also think there is nobody better than Meryl Streep. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Awards are great, as you get to meet up with friends and colleagues from your industry - a sort of reunion.
Calcutta is like another world. People there are very special and grateful.
Especially when you are advertising a product, I talk to the photographer and we create a character - it always gives you more freedom because it makes it less about yourself. Freedom & Liberty
Even if you were aware of children and felt compassion, when you have your own, it multiplies. It breaks your heart to know that there are so many children in the world suffering so much.
Ever since I was a little girl, I've worried too much. It always bothers me because sometimes you end up worrying more about the worry and you are not resolving things that are right there in front of you. I have been like that all my life, and it's hard to change. Life
For 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona,' for example, Woody Allen is one of the greatest American directors, and we really had a very good working relationship. We understand each other really well. He gave me one of the best opportunities somebody has ever given me in my career.
I always feel scared and insecure on a film set. I don't know any other way.
I always knew I wanted a family because of the way I grew up. Family has always been the most important thing. Families, Children & Parenting
I am a big fan of photography, more of being behind the camera - so when I get the opportunity to work with such great photographers, I always try and learn from their technique. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I am amazed about how everyone wants to know about my love life. They whisper to me, 'Tell me the truth? Is it true?' Who cares? Because we have this job, we are to say to everybody what we do, or with whom we sleep? It's a bit absurd, but that's why everybody lies so much. Truth ;Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I am living for every day and trying to have less fear, less worry. But I have always worried about everything; it's in my nature. It's the thing that makes me suffer the most. Nature
I am not somebody who likes to give advice, or anything like that, unless it's my closest friends or family. Families, Children & Parenting
I am someone who worries a lot. I'm always worrying 'what if?' Now I'm a mum - there will be worries for the rest of my life, but they're not about me anymore. Life
I breastfed my son for 13 months, and I plan to do at least the same with my daughter. That's an amazing thing for babies, but it's also really good for the mother because it regulates your body again after pregnancy.
I came to Los Angeles for the first time in 1994. I spoke no English. I only knew how to say two sentences: 'How are you?' and 'I want to work with Johnny Depp.' Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I came to New York to study ballet and English.
I can cook a little bit. I can cook a few Spanish dishes. But, in movies, it looks like I cook much better than I cook. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don't do Twitter, Facebook; none of that. My email I do from my Blackberry or my iPhone.
I don't know if I believe in marriage. I believe in family, love and children. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
I don't know why, but women in a hair salon share their deepest secrets. Women
I don't play comedy as comedy. That would be the biggest trap. I think about the characters and their situations. Then you don't have to worry where the laugh is going to be. But comedy is harder than drama.
I had a very curly perm in the '80s, thanks to the 'Way You Make Me Feel' Michael Jackson video. I liked the girl in it.
I have a little bit of an addiction to work. So I'm always hiding in the bathroom with my Blackberry to work when I'm on holiday. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have a strong personality, and I say what I think.
I have been hearing gossip and lies since I began working. When I was 17, I used to get very angry because I opened a magazine and I saw myself in a picture on a motorcycle, and the headline was, 'I'm getting married next month.'
I have fear, always, on the set. Insecurity to the point where the first week I always think I could be fired. I think that's a fear most actors have.
I have had a very singular kind of life since I started working so young, so I am very used to traveling, working, taking time for myself. Life ;Time
I have stepped off the relationship scene to come to terms with myself. I have spent most of my adult life being 'someone's girlfriend', and now I am happy being single. Life ;Relationships
I hope that I will be able to work all of my life - even when I am older. It's easier to do that in Europe than in America, because in America it is difficult for older actresses to find work. Life ;Hope ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I just try not to label myself in any way. I just have an allergy to labels in general. I can tell you that I am surrounded by very strong women and that I really appreciate that, but I'd rather not label myself. Women
I learned English kind of late. I remember when I got my first opportunity to work in America, I didn't speak a lot of English, so I only really knew my lines for the movie I was doing. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I like roles that people don't recognize me in.
I love ballet, and it's a little boring for me to go to the gym because I'm used to the dancing discipline - it's really hard but much more fun. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love New York, but being there the whole year, it gets a little crazy with the speed and rhythm of things. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love Salma Hayek; we've been friends for a really long time. I admire how she has come such a long way and always remained grounded and who she is. She never compromises to follow her vision, and she is loyal. Such qualities only mark the great stars. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love Spanish food. My diet is the Mediterranean diet, which is good food. I eat well. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I love the Italian culture - it's a beautiful culture. I love the language, the Italian people, their music, their attitudes... I just love it! Sometimes I think I'm an Italian trapped in a Spanish woman's body. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I never felt, 'Oh, I think I look good.' I always tend to be more in the insecure side. And I thought that has always been a way to protect myself. Because I don't trust the good feelings that can come from that. Trust
I never want to lie about my age. If I look around at the actresses I admire, they are all women who have not fought growing older, but embraced it and been proud of it - women like Sophia Loren or Audrey Hepburn. Women
I only drive in movies. I know that's very weird to hear for an American. I have a weird relationship with it. I know how to drive, but I never went to take the test. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I really dislike it when the media asks young actresses, normally when they're about 23, how they feel about ageing. There are other things to worry about.
I really like the Caribbean. Anyplace in the Caribbean. I get there, and I feel like a monkey - the perfect state.
I remember playing with some friends and being aware that I was acting as I was playing with them - I would think of a character and pretend to be someone else.
I remember playing with some friends and being aware that I was acting as I was playing with them - I would think of a character and pretend to be someone else. My parents also took me to ballet school, and there I think I was able to start communicating those feelings or emotions - I danced for so many years.
I remember when I got my first opportunity to work in America, I didn't speak a lot of English, so I only really knew my lines for the movie I was doing. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I try to do as much as possible for every character. Some of them, it is easier to do the research because you have either real examples that you work with, maybe some specific person that inspires you in that case, or the performances from other people, or the characters, or a character from a book. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I try to eat healthily, but I love fried food and bad things. Give me a plate of bread, some oil and salt and I'm happy. But you can't eat like this all the time. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I try to look at the whole thing and say 'yes' to the projects that I cannot stop thinking about. If I read a script and the subject stays with me - then that's when I want to go to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I used to dance for seventeen years -classical ballet, which was very disciplined. I like yoga and Pilates, but I don't have the discipline to go to the gym.
I want my son - and my kids, if I have more - to grow up in a way that is as anonymous as possible. The fact that his father and I have chosen to do the work that we do doesn't give anybody the right to invade our privacy. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I want to be remembered as somebody that tried to respect her integrity as an artist and as a person. And I don't want to be in any box. I don't want to be one thing. Respect
I want to have babies one day but not right now. When I do it I want to do it really well. I want it to be my best project in life. Life
I was 11 when I first said I wanted to become an actress, and everyone looked at me as if I had said I wanted to go to the moon.
I was raised Catholic, but then I discovered Buddhism, and I used to have a boyfriend who was a Scientologist, and they are all good religions that help people. As far as I'm concerned, you can have all three religions at once and it's okay!
I was very superstitious when I was a teenager, and I had to fight against that because it made me feel anxious.
I won't go to places where you're going to find more attention. I go to the opposite.
I'm strong and opinionated. Those qualities brought me a lot of problems since I was a little girl in school, saying 'I don't agree' and fighting with the children. It's part of my curiosity for life. Life
In my everyday life, I just wear jeans, t-shirts and trainers - if I can go barefoot, that's even better. But for the events I have a stylist, and in two hours we have selected a whole outfit. Life
In my house every Sunday, everybody was cleaning the house. There was always music, and everybody was dancing, sometimes naked, around the house. Not hippie, but very free. Music, Chants & Rapps
In Spain, actresses work until they are old. That's my plan. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
In 'Twice Born' I play my character in her 20s, 30s and 50s. For the fifty year old scenes, I had some prosthetics; it was interesting to see how I'm going to look when I'm fifty-five or so. I actually saw similarities between my grandmothers and my mother.
It doesn't happen every day, but many nights my dreams are like a movie. I don't see normal movement - I see things in very complicated shots. That's why I do remember many of them.
It's a good thing to be old. Because when you get older, that means you haven't died yet, right? And when I do get older, I want to have the grace to be proud of it, not to lie about it or try to fight it.
It's great working with my sister, because we are very close as a family - my brother, my sister and myself. We have a great relationship. Families, Children & Parenting
I've worked myself to exhaustion before. I was so young, and I thought I could do everything; it was just too much for my body and my mind.
Johnny Depp is so special that he is like a Martian. In fact, that's what I call him, Martian.
Madrid is what I call home, but also the States.
Making a living out of acting sounded like science-fiction when I was growing up. I didn't know anyone around me who lived from anything related to art. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Maybe I'll make one movie a year, maybe two, but it's not going to be more than that because I have other priorities now.
My ambition is to be happy.
My favourite actress is Meryl Streep. Oh, and Anna Magnani.
My first fear was about the devil, when I was around fire, something I saw in a movie. I think it's about pain, in whichever form it comes.
My first fear was about the devil, when I was around fire, something I saw in a movie. I think it's about pain, in whichever form it comes. I had a lot of energy as a child - sometimes too much - and I didn't know how to channel it. It was making me suffer. It was bigger than myself, and I was very young.
My parents owned a hair salon, so I learned a few tricks there. I can cut people's hair - if they let me.
One thing that I am proud of: I am really capable of laughing at myself.
Sometimes you will do a close-up for a scene in the morning where you are totally distraught, then shoot the rest of that scene seven hours later. How do you hang on to that feeling all day without burning up, without going so far that you have nothing left to give when the cameras roll again? Morning
The discipline that ballet requires is obsessive. And only the ones who dedicate their whole lives are able to make it. Your toenails fall off and you peel them away and then you're asked to dance again and keep smiling. I wanted to become a professional ballet dancer.
The most difficult thing in the world is to start a career known only for your looks, and then to try to become a serious actress. No one will take you seriously once you are known as the pretty woman.
The most important lesson I've learned in this business is how to say no. I have said no to a lot of temptations, and I am glad I did. Business, Commerce & Finance
The thing that really makes me happy is the real work and rehearsing and creating the character and the process of making the movie. Hollywood's not real. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There are roles I have said no to, but for different reasons. And, I never talk about those because I feel it's disrespectful to say, 'Oh, I said no to this project or that other project.' I'd rather talk about the ones that I said yes to and the reasons why.
There are so many designers that I love, and I'm so lucky that I get to work with so many of them and sometimes spend time with them. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There are so many designers that I love, and I'm so lucky that I get to work with so many of them and sometimes spend time with them. As an actress, you get to go to these events and wear their things - it's fun, but it is what it is. I don't put a lot of time into it, but I respect what they do. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is a part of your brain that has to stop when you're acting. You have to be in the moment and dare to fly. Words can't be on your mind.
There was a point where I was making four movies a year. I was always on a set. I had no stories to tell. I was feeling empty. My life was just luggage and hotels and from set to set, from character to character. And one day, I said, 'And where is mine?' You know? And the moment I started to feel that fear, I stopped and I slowed down. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
There's a lot of work that goes into it - if you think about how many collections a year that Karl Lagerfeld has to do, with Chanel and all the other things he does - you can't do that unless you are working 18 hours a day. It's really a lot of hard, hard work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There's so much more I want to do. I refuse to get to 50 and wait at home for the phone to ring.
There's so much more I want to do. I refuse to get to 50 and wait at home for the phone to ring. In Spain, actresses work until they are old. That's my plan. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Unfortunately, I am very aware of editing and I look at the monitor too much. Sometimes the monitor can become your worst enemy because you can, consciously or unconsciously, start editing yourself.
When I read a script, I try not to judge the characters. I try to have an open mind and really see what it makes me feel.
When I start a movie, the first day, I feel like a duck.
When I was 16 or 17, when I started, I never even considered not doing a project. I just wanted to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When I was 16, I got 'Jamon, Jamon.' Of course, I had to lie about my age. And I had to lie to my parents about the content of the script.
You can always keep learning with acting, because the school is life and yourself and your friends and your relationships. I'm fascinated by it! It's infinito! Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
You cannot live your life looking at yourself from someone else's point of view. Life