"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."
Penelope Cruz became very popular when she played the role of motion-sick heroine in the 1999'f film Woman on Top. She also appeared in a Oscar winning film Belle Epoque (1992) and worked two times with the famous Spanish director Pedro Almodovar on Live Flesh (1998) and All About My Mother (1999).
Penelope Cruz was born on 28th April 1974 in Madrid, Spain. She is 5'6" tall. She finished her secondary studies and completed 9 years of classical ballet, 3 years of Spanish ballet and 4 years of theater under directions of Cristina Rota in New York. She was one of the three children of a retailer and a hairdresser. She was named due to the inspiration of a Joan Manuel Serrat song.
She lived with Spanish pop music group called Mecano and appeared in their video clip La fuerza del destino. She was romantically linked with a member of group, nacho Cano. She was a TV presenter for the teen-oriented program La Quinta Marcha, in collaboration with Jesus Vazquez.
Penelope Cruz's first major films were Jamon, Jamon and the more widely known (in the US) Belle Epoque. In 1997, she starred as Sofía alongside Eduardo Noriega in Abre los Ojos, directed by Alejandro Amenábar, and in 2000 she appeared with Matt Damon in All the Pretty Horses. In 1999, she appeared in Pedro Almodóvar's Todo sobre mi madre, which won an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film.
In early 2001, she appeared in the film Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise, which sparked a three-year romantic relationship with the actor. Vanilla Sky was the Hollywood remake of Abre los Ojos ("Open Your Eyes"), and she played the same part in both films.
Penelope Cruz's filmography as Actress
Movie Name Year Role
Bandidas 2006 Maria
Manolete 2006 Lupe Sino
Volver 2006 Raimunda
Chromophobia 2005 Gloria
Don't Move 2005 Italia
Sahara 2005 Eva Rojas
Head in the Clouds 2004 Mia
Noel 2004 Nina
Bendito Infierno 2003 Carmen
Fanfan la Tulipe 2003 Adeline La Franchise
Gothika 2003 Chloe Sava
Masked & Anonymous 2003 Pagan Lace
Waking Up in Reno 2002 Brenda
Blow 2001 Mirtha Jung
Captain Corelli's Mandolin 2001 Pelagia
Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health 2001 -
Vanilla Sky 2001 Sofia Serrano
All the Pretty Horses 2000 Alejandra
Woman on Top 2000 Isabella Oliveira
Abre Los Ojos 1999 Sofia
All About My Mother 1999 Sister Rosa
Twice Upon A Yesterday 1999 Louise
Volaverunt 1999 La Maja/ Pepita Tudo
Don Juan 1998 Mathurine
Live Flesh 1998 Isabelle
Talk of Angels 1998 Pilar
The Girl of My Dreams 1998 Macarena Granada
The Hi-Lo Country 1998 Josepha
El Amor Perjudica Seriamente la salud 1996 Diana Balaguer--Young Woman
Not Love Just Frenzy 1996 -
La La Celestina 1996 Melibea
The Butterfly Effect 1995 -
Alegre Ma Non Troppo 1994 Salome
Belle Epoque 1994 Luz
It's All Lies 1994 Lucia
Jamon Jamon 1993 Silvia
La Ribelle 1993 Enza
Per Amore, Solo Per Amore 1993 Mary
El Laberinto Griego 1992 The Good Night
Penelope Cruz - Quotes
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.
I had a horrible, horrible breakdown. It was just huge, like the worst period of my life, and it lasted for a couple of months.
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.
I like roles that people don't recognize me in.
Johnny Depp is so special that he is like a Martian. In fact, that's what I call him, Martian.
My ambition is to be happy.
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.
I think it is a privilege [to be working in show business.] Not everybody can do what they want to do and still eat. I'm very lucky. And it's getting better and better.
When I'm acting in a movie, I feel very protected by a character, so I let a lot of monsters come out of me because it's justified through the character.
One day, I looked for myself (on the Internet), and I was so scared of what I saw. I saw 'Penelope Cruz Naked,' and I thought, what is that?
Birth Date: 28 April 1974
Birth Place: Madrid, Spain
Education: Secondary Studies (dropped out)
National Conservatory Madrid Spain (majored in Classical Ballet) Cristina Rota\'s School in Nueva York (4 years)
\"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.\"
- Penelope Cruz.
Penelope Cruz was raised in Madrid to a merchant Eduardo and a hairdresser Encarna. As a teenager she was a compulsive performer and acted in various TV commercials for her family\'s amusement. But after that she moved her attention on dance and joined commercial ballet school.
She lived with a pop music group of Spanish musician called Mecano. Penelope Cruz was appeared in the bands video clip la Fuerza del Destino. She also becomes popular after the song Penelope which was composed by Joan Manuel Serrat.
In 1998 her luck changed when she won the award as the Best Actress Goya for the comedy film Nina de tus Ojos, La. She also tried for English movies. Her first international big hit was Almodovar\'s Todosobre mi madre (1999) (in English \"All About My Mother\"). In it she played an unchaste. Because of her awards and accolades she found herself in demand on both sides of the Atlantic.
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