Penélope Cruz
Actress
Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz Sánchez is a Spanish actress. Signed by an agent at age 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón, jamón (1992), to critical acclaim. 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 and Blow.
Biography
Penélope Cruz's personal information overview.
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Josh Gad, Chris Pratt And J.J. Abrams Really Want Daisy Ridley To Spoil 'The Last Jedi'
Huffington Post - 3 days
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The Berlinale 2017 Diaries: The Bare Essentials - Food, Fun and Films
Huffington Post - 8 days
Taxis in Berlin always turn out to be a cinematic experience. First of all the city is breathtaking, taking on several completely different looks -- silvery and smoky during the day, while at night it turns into a grand dame of elegance, with its iconic landmarks gilded and all lit up. Plus, the drivers here have quirky taste in music, and always play the radio at a low enough volume to make it a subtle soundtrack for the ride, but high enough that you can silently sing along with the lyrics. Yes, I do mean sing along, because aside from that stray Bach or Brahms sonata played by the more intellectual ones, the tunes I've heard here while traveling across town range from Men at Work's "Down Under", to "Up Where We Belong" from An Officer and a Gentleman, with a bit of Turkish melodies thrown in. It's so wonderfully relaxing that at times I wonder how I would have turned out if my grandfather hadn't been forced to leave Germany before WWII and I'd been born, perhaps, in Berlin. ...
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Stars sparkle in metallics and sequins on BAFTA red carpet
Reuters.com - 10 days
Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Michelle Williams and Penelope Cruz add sparkle to the BAFTA red carpet with metallic dresses. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
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Pedro Almodovar's Women: The Two Faces of Julieta
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Pedro Almodovar loves women. His films feature memorable female roles: look at Kika, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Talk to Her, Volver, yet another great part for his protégé Penelope Cruz, and now Julieta, the titular protagonist penned for two fine Spanish actresses: Emma Suarez as the mature Julieta, and Adriana Ugarte, Julieta as a young woman. Based on short stories by Canadian author Alice Munro, Julieta further illustrates Almodovar's literary bent--The Skin I Live In, for example was an adaptation of Thierry Jonquet's revenge tale, Migale, but just right for his style, on the verge of melodrama. His women, in every case, are out there. Last fall, I had the opportunity to talk to his stars about working with this unique Spanish auteur, and how he prepared them for playing Julieta. Penelope Cruz has said she would drop anything to work with Pedro Almodovar. Is that the general attitude among actresses? Emma Suarez: He's an amazing director with an international ...
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Hollywood stars pose for 2017 Pirelli Calendar
Reuters.com - 6 months
LONDON (Reuters) - Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Lupita Nyong'o have posed for the 2017 Pirelli Calendar, which features a host of Hollywood's biggest names.
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Hollywood stars pose for 2017 Pirelli Calendar
Reuters.com - 6 months
Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz have posed for the 2017 Pirelli Calendar, which features a host of Hollywood's biggest names. Francis Maguire reports.
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12 Awesome Baby Names From New Celebrity Dads
Huffington Post - 8 months
Each year Nameberry likes to give a Father’s Day salute to those proud celeb dads who’ve most recently welcomed babies -- and 2016 happened to see some exceptionally awesome names. Some of these dads are first timers, while others are continuing to grow their families. Here are our nominations for the 12 most outstanding baby names from celebrity dads who've welcomed new additions in 2016. Ashe Olsen "Late Night" host Seth Meyers honored two of the most important women in his life with his son’s name. Ashe -- right on trend with popular Asher and Ash -- is the maiden name of his wife Alexi; the middle name Olsen was the maiden name of Meyers’ maternal grandmother. They were able to keep in play two family names that might have been lost. Boomer Robert Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps’ joy at the birth of his first son is obvious in the choice of the upbeat nickname name Boomer. Robert is a tribute to Phelps’ longtime coach, "Bob" Bowman, and also to his great-grandmo ...
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Even Penélope Cruz can't light up uninspiring 'ma ma'
LATimes - 9 months
In the Spanish weepie “ma ma,” one woman’s biological bad news is the curtain-raiser on a head-scratching floor show of forced transcendence. Though it stars the versatile, always watchable Penélope Cruz, who shows an expected flair for charismatic saintliness, even she can’t rescue this impossibly...
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'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' Is Far Better Than Its Trailers Imply, So Why Is It Being Marketed Poorly?
Huffington Post - 12 months
If you’ve seen the trailers for “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” you probably think it's a rowdy caper -- a billowing war comedy set in the wacky Middle East, à la last year’s “Rock the Kasbah,” the Bill Murray vehicle that opened to critical animus and commercial defeat.  “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” is, actually, nothing like that. Whatsoever. And the fact that promotional materials are portraying the film as such is silly. It’s an insult to the movie, and it's an insult to the audiences who will pay to see something that wasn’t advertised to them. The whole thing is especially off-putting because the “Foxtrot” trailers range from unappealing bombast to blatant mischaracterizations of the plot. If you’ve seen the TV spot that implies the story unfolds because Tina Fey’s boyfriend (played by Josh Charles) cheats on her, please know that this is categorically false. In fact, the entire film is better than any of its previews suggest. It’s not a rowdy comedy -- it’s more of a light dram ...
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'Zoolander 2' cast strut to promote film
Reuters.com - about 1 year
As New York kicks off the seasonal catwalk calendar this week, the fashion capital played host to different kind of runway show - a "Zoolander 2" inspired one.At the world premiere of the film which spoofs the fashion industry, stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and Penelope Cruz strutted down a catwalk soon to be the red carpet for the night."I don't really know what happened yet because I got off the plane, I run here, I got dressed and I was here doing the catwalk with Derek and Han
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Pouts and selfies as models Derek and Hansel back for 'Zoolander 2'
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Male models Derek and Hansel are back on the catwalk in fashion comedy sequel "Zoolander 2", returning with their famous pouts, poses -- and a record-breaking selfie to capture them. On a blue carpet that evoked his trademark "blue steel" pout, Derek Zoolander himself, actor Ben Stiller, helped set a record for the longest selfie stick at the movie's London premiere on Thursday night. With co-stars Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell beside him, Stiller held the stick, said to be some 8.5 meters (27.89 ft) long and with a mobile device attached to it, above them for the snap.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Penélope Cruz
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 41
    She has also signed on to appear in Fernando León de Aranoa's Pablo Escobar biopic Escobar, also starring husband Javier Bardem, and will start work with Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's on his second foreign film in fall 2016.
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    As of March 2016, Cruz has various film projects in different states of production.
    More Details Hide Details She has reteamed with Fernando Trueba on his Spanish-language period pic The Queen of Spain, a sequel to Trueba's 1998 drama The Girl of Your Dreams, also starring Cruz and set during the Spanish Civil War.
    Cruz's first film of 2016 was the American comedy Zoolander 2, co-starring and directed by Ben Stiller.
    More Details Hide Details In the sequel film, Cruz portrayed a secret Interpol agent who enlists models Derek Zoolander (Stiller) and Hansel McDonald, played by Owen Wilson, to help find out who is killing the world’s most beautiful people. Specifically written for her persona, Cruz, a fan of the original 2001 film, was one of the first actors to be cast in their parts. Upon its release, the film received generally negative reviews from critics, who felt that it had "more celebrity cameos than laughs." Cruz's other film that year was Louis Leterrier's British spy comedy Grimsby, in which she played a powerful philanthropist, opposite Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong. Cruz was reportedly offered $400,000 for her appearance in the film, which was released to generally mixed reviews from critics, who felt that the actress was highly underused and "looking even less invested here than she did in Zoolander 2."
  • 2015
    Age 40
    In 2015, Cruz co-produced and starred in the Spanish drama film Ma Ma, directed by Julio Medem.
    More Details Hide Details In it, she plays Magda, a gutsy mother and unemployed teacher, who is diagnosed with breast cancer, a role which Cruz later cited as "one of the most complex, beautiful characters I've ever been offered, the most difficult." The melodrama was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, where it garnered generally negative reviews for its weepie story line. Cruz however was praised for her "aces performance," which earned her an eighth Goya nomination at the 30th awards ceremony.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 38
    In 2013, Cruz appeared in Ridley Scott's The Counselor, featuring an ensemble cast consisting of Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt and husband Javier Bardem.
    More Details Hide Details The crime thriller follows a lawyer who, tempted by the lure of quick money, finds himself involved in drug dealing with ruthless Mexican cartels. Cruz plays his girlfriend, Laura, the only innocent character in the story. The film received mostly negative reviews from critics and became a moderate commercial success at the international box offices. The same year, Cruz along with Antonio Banderas made a cameo appearance in Pedro Almodóvar's farcical comedy I'm So Excited, which marked a return to the director's light, campy comedies of the 1980s and 1990s."
  • 2012
    Age 37
    In 2012, Cruz appeared in the first ever Nintendo commercial to promote New Super Mario Bros. 2 and the Nintendo 3DS XL in which she played the role of Mario in the ad.
    More Details Hide Details She spoke Italian again, this time in Woody Allen's romantic ensemble comedy film To Rome with Love, in which she portrayed a street-smart prostitute who agrees to pretend to be the wife of a newlywed. Fond to work with her again, Allen compared Cruz's play in the film with that of Italian icons Anna Magnani and Sophia Loren. While the film garnered mixed reviews in general, Cruz received favourable reviews for her "exuberantly, cartoonishly sexy" performance, which reviewers such as The Week cited as a stand out. The same year, Cruz also reunited with Italian director Sergio Castellitto in his war tale Twice Born about an infertile Italian woman who returns to relive her past in Sarajevo. An adaptation of Castellitto's wife Margaret Mazzantini's same-titled bestseller, Cruz portrayed the transitional character at different phases in her life, ranging from her early twenties to her late forties. Despite receiving little praise from critics, Cruz's performance opposite Emile Hirsch earned positive reviews.
  • 2011
    Age 36
    On 1 April 2011, prior to the film's release, Cruz received the 2,436th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theatre.
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  • 2010
    Age 35
    The campaign was shot by Mario Testino at Paris's Hotel de Crillon and debuted in the autumn of 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, Cruz was a guest editor for the French Vogue magazine, focusing on larger-size models in a provocative photo shoot. Almodóvar described her as his muse. On the cover of Spanish Vogue's December 2010 issue, she agreed to be photographed by fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh only if her pregnancy was not shown. In 2011, The Telegraph reported the most sought after body parts of the rich and famous revealed by two Hollywood plastic surgeons who carried out a survey among their patients to build up the picture of the perfect woman. Under the category of the most sought after body shape, Penélope Cruz, known for her voluptuous figure, was voted as having the top body. Men's Health ranked her at No. 32. on their "100 Hottest Women of All-Time" list. Esquire named her the Sexiest Woman Alive in 2014.
    Cruz only film of 2010 Sex and the City 2, the sequel to the 2008 film, in which she appeared as a banker in a cameo role.
    More Details Hide Details A commercial success, the comedy film was largely panned by critics. Cruz appeared in her biggest Hollywood turn to date in Rob Marshall's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment in the film series, opposite Johnny Depp. In the film, Cruz portrayed Angelica, a former love interest of Jack Sparrow, who blames him for her corruption. Cruz was the only actress considered for the role, as she fit Marshall's description and invited her for the role as they wrapped the production of Nine. The actress spent two months working out and learning fencing for the role. During filming, Cruz discovered she was pregnant, leading the costume department to redesign her wardrobe to be more elastic, and the producers to hire her sister Mónica Cruz to double for Penélope in risky scenes. One of the most expensive film ever made, On Stranger Tides ranks among the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing more than $$1.046 billion in box-office receipts worldwide.
  • 2009
    Age 34
    Cruz's final 2009 film was the film version of the musical Nine, playing the character Carla Albanese, the lead character's mistress.
    More Details Hide Details Variety reported that Cruz had originally auditioned for the role of the film within a film's star, Claudia, which eventually went to Nicole Kidman. Cruz said that she trained for three months for the dance routine in the film. Claudia Puig of USA Today commented that while Cruz "does a steamy song and dance", her "acting is strangely caricatured". Cruz's performance as Carla garnered her nominations for Best Supporting Actress from the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and SAG Awards.
    Also in 2009, she appeared in the film Broken Embraces as Lena.
    More Details Hide Details Stephanie Zacharek of Salon.com noted in her review for the film that Cruz "doesn't coast on her beauty in Broken Embraces, and she has the kind of role that can be difficult to flesh out". Cruz received nominations from the Satellite Awards and European Film Awards for her performance in Broken Embraces.
  • 2007
    Age 32
    Cruz began dating Bardem in 2007 and they married in early July 2010 in a private ceremony at a friend's home in the Bahamas.
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    In 2007, Cruz appeared in the lead female role in Manolete, a biopic of bullfighter Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez, playing Antoñita "Lupe" Sino.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in The Good Night, playing two characters, Anna and Melody. TV Guide film critic Maitland McDonagh noted that in the film Cruz "expertly mines the contrast between chic, compliant, white-clad Anna and funky, street-wise Melody, who treats Freeman's character Gary like the world-class drag he is". In 2008, Cruz appeared in Isabel Coixet's film Elegy, which was based on the Philip Roth story The Dying Animal, as the lead female role, Consuela Castillo. Ray Bennett of The Hollywood Reporter described Cruz's performance as being "outstanding in an otherwise lame male fantasy film". Later that year, she starred in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona as María Elena, a mentally unstable woman, which was praised. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian praised Cruz's performance in the film. Cruz received a Goya Award and her first Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also received a Golden Globe and SAG nomination. Cruz was the first Spanish actress to ever be awarded an Academy Award in that category and the sixth Hispanic person to ever receive the award.
  • 2006
    Age 31
    She shared a Best Actress award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival with five of her co-stars, as well as receiving a Goya Award and European Film Award, and was nominated for the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the BAFTA Award, and the Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role.
    More Details Hide Details She was the first Spaniard to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
    Also in 2006, Cruz received favourable reviews for her performance as Raimunda in Pedro Almodóvar's Volver.
    More Details Hide Details Carina Chocano of The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Cruz, who has remarked that in Hollywood she's rarely allowed to be anything more than pretty, instills her with an awesome resoluteness and strength of character."
    Cruz appeared alongside her good friend Salma Hayek in the 2006 Western comedy film, Bandidas.
    More Details Hide Details Randy Cordova of the Arizona Republic said the film "sports" Cruz and her co-star Salma Hayek as the "lusty dream team" and that they were the "marketing fantasy" for the film.
  • 2005
    Age 30
    Her final 2005 film was Don't Move playing Italia.
    More Details Hide Details Eric Harrison of the Houston Chronicle noted that Cruz "goes all out" with her appearance and Patrick Peters of Empire magazine commented that the film's director, who also appears in the film, was able to draw a "sensitive performance" from Cruz.
    Also in 2005, Cruz appeared in Chromophobia, screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and released the following year.
    More Details Hide Details Mathew Turner of View London said Cruz's character Gloria, a cancer-riddled prostitute, is "actually more interesting than the main storyline" while Time Evan's of Sky Movies wrote, "The Cruz/Ifans storyline—featuring the only two remotely sympathetic characters—never really fuses with the main plot."
    In 2005, Cruz appeared as Dr. Eva Rojas in the action adventure Sahara. She earned $1.6 million for her supporting role. The film grossed $110 million worldwide but did not recoup its $160 million budget. Moviefone dubbed the film "one of the most famous flops in history" and in 2007, listed it at 24 on its list of "Biggest Box-Office Turkeys of All Time".
    More Details Hide Details Lori Hoffman of the Atlantic City Weekly felt Cruz put her "considerable acting skills on cruise control as Dr Eva Rojas" and James Berardnelli of ReelViews described Cruz's performance as a "black hole", that she "lacks screen presence".
  • TWENTIES
  • 2004
    Age 29
    She was also awarded the European Film Award for Best Actress for the film in 2004.
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    In 2004, Cruz appeared in the Christmas film Noel as Nina, the girlfriend of Paul Walker's character and as Mia in the romantic drama, Head in the Clouds, set in the 1930s.
    More Details Hide Details Head in the Clouds performed poorly at the box office. For Head in the Clouds, Bruce Birkland of Jam! Canoe said, "The story feels forced and the performances dreary, with the notable exception of Cruz, who seems to be in a different film from the rest of the cast." Desson Thompson of The Washington Post was more critical; his comment about the character's "pronounced limp" was that "Cruz (hardly the world's greatest actress) can't even perform without looking fake". She also starred in Sergio Castellitto's melodrama Don't Move. Cruz, who learned Italian for the role, earned critical acclaim for her performance and won the David di Donatello.
  • 2003
    Age 28
    In April 2003, she filed a lawsuit against the Australian magazine New Idea for defamation over an article about her relationship with Cruise.
    More Details Hide Details Cruz is a friend of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, whom she has known for more than two decades and with whom she has worked on films. She is known to friends as Pe. Cruz owns a clothing store in Madrid and designed jewelry and handbags with her younger sister for a company in Japan.
    Cruz's performance in Fanfan la Tulipe, also in 2003, was not well received, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian commenting that Cruz "deserves a special Cannes Razzie for a performance of purest teak".
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  • 2002
    Age 27
    In 2002, she had a minor role in Waking Up in Reno.
    More Details Hide Details It had negative reviews and was a box office failure, making $267,000 worldwide. The following year, Cruz had a supporting role in the horror film Gothika, as Chloe Sava, a patient at a mental hospital. David Rooney of Variety wrote that Cruz "adds a serviceably malevolent edge to Chole's apparent madness".
  • 2001
    Age 26
    Cruz's last film in 2001 was Captain Corelli's Mandolin, film adaption of the novel of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details She played Pelagia, who falls in love with another man while her fiancé is in battle during the Second World War. Captain Corelli's Mandolin was not well received by critics, but made $62 million worldwide.
    In 2001, she also appeared in Don't Tempt Me, playing Carmen Ramos.
    More Details Hide Details The film received negative reviews. Jeff Vice of the Deseret News commented that "unfortunately, casting Cruz as a tough girl is a hilariously bad idea" and Michael Miller of the Village Voice writing that "as Satan's helper Carmen, Penélope Cruz doesn't hold a candle to her cocaine-huffing enabler in Blow".
    2001 marked a turning point year when Cruz starred in the feature films Vanilla Sky and Blow.
    More Details Hide Details In Vanilla Sky, Cameron Crowe's interpretation of Open Your Eyes, she played Sofia Serrano, the love interest of Tom Cruise's character. The film received mixed reviews but made $200 million worldwide. Her performance was well received by critics, with BBC film critic Brandon Graydon saying that Cruz "is an enchanting screen presence", and Ethan Alter of the Film Journal International noting that Cruz and her co-star Cruise were "able to generate some actual chemistry". Her next film was Blow, adapted from Bruce Porter's 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All. She had a supporting role as Mirtha Jung, the wife of Johnny Depp's character. The film received mixed reviews, but made $80 million worldwide. Nina Willdorf of the Boston Phoenix described Cruz as "multi-talented" and Mark Salvo of The Austin Chronicle wrote "I may be one of the last male holdouts to join the Cruz-Rules camp, but her tour de force performance here sucks you right in."
  • 2000
    Age 25
    Also in 2000, she played Alejandra Villarreal, who is Matt Damon's love interest in Billy Bob Thornton's film adaptation of the western bestselling novel, All the Pretty Horses.
    More Details Hide Details Susan Stark of the Detroit News commented that in the film Thornton was able to guide Damon, Henry Thomas and Cruz to "their most impressive performances in a major movie yet". However, Bob Longigo of The Atlanta Journal Constitution was less enthusiastic about Cruz and Damon's performance, saying that their "resulting onscreen chemistry would hardly warm a can of beans".
    In 2000, she appeared in Woman on Top in the lead female role as Isabelle, a world-class chef who has suffered from motion sickness since birth, her first American lead role.
    More Details Hide Details Lisa Nesselson of Variety magazine praised the performances of both Cruz and her co-star, Harold Perrineau, saying they "burst off the screen", and added that Cruz has a charming accent. BBC News film critic Jane Crowther said that "Cruz is wonderfully ditzy as the innocent abroad" but remarked that "it's Harold Perrineau Jr as Monica who pockets the movie". Annlee Ellingson of Box Office magazine wrote "Cruz is stunning in the role—innocent and vulnerable yet possessing a mature grace and determined strength, all while sizzling with unchecked sensuality."
  • 1999
    Age 24
    In 1999, Cruz worked with Almodóvar again in All About My Mother, playing Sister María Rosa Sanz, a pregnant nun with AIDS.
    More Details Hide Details The film received favorable reviews, and was commercially successful, grossing over $67 million worldwide, although it performed better at the box office internationally than domestically.
  • 1998
    Age 23
    Also in 1998 Cruz appeared in Don Juan and The Girl of Your Dreams.
    More Details Hide Details In the period drama The Girl of Your Dreams (La niña de tus ojos), Cruz portrayed Macarena Granada, a singer who is in an on-and-off relationship with Antonio Resines's character, Blas. They are part of a Francoist film troupe that travels from Spain during the Spanish Civil War to Nazi Germany for a joint production with UFA. Cruz's performance in the film was praised by film critics, with Jonathan Holloland of Variety magazine writing "if confirmation is still needed that Cruz is an actress first and a pretty face second, then here it is". A writer for Film4 commented that "Cruz herself is the inevitable focus of the film" but noted that overall the film "looks great". Cruz's role as Macerna has been viewed as her "largest role to date". For her performance, Cruz received a Goya Award and Spanish Actors' Union Award, and was nominated for a European Film Award.
  • 1997
    Age 22
    Cruz's final appearance in 1997 was the Amenabar-directed Spanish sci-fi drama, "Abre Los Ojos"/ Open Your Eyes.
    More Details Hide Details She plays Sofia, the love interest of Eduardo Noriega's lead character. Open Your Eyes received positive reviews, and was later remade by U.S. director Cameron Crowe as "Vanilla Sky" (who cast Cruz in the same role and Tom Cruise in Noriega's role), but "Open Your Eyes" was not commercially successful. Kevin N. Laforest of the Montreal Film Journal commented in his September 2002 review that Cruz "has been getting some really bad reviews for her recent American work, but I personally think that she's a more than decent actress, especially here, where she's charming, moving and always believable. The following year, Cruz appeared in her first American film as Billy Crudup's consolation-prize Mexican girlfriend in Stephen Frears' western film, The Hi-Lo Country. Cruz stated that she had difficulties understanding people speaking English while she was filming The Hi-Lo Country. The film was critically and commercially unsuccessful. Kevin Lally of the Film Journal International commented in his review for the film that "in an ironic casting twist, the Spanish actress Penélope Cruz is much more appealing as Josepha in her previous roles". For her performance in the film, she was nominated for an ALMA Award for Best Actress.
    Also in 1997, she appeared in the opening scene of Pedro Almodóvar's Live Flesh as a prostitute who gives birth on a bus and in Et hjørne af paradis (A Corner of Paradise) as Doña Helena.
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    Cruz's agent is Hylda Queally, shared with Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet. In 1997, Cruz appeared in the Spanish comedy film Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health.
    More Details Hide Details She portrays Diana, a fan of the Beatles band member John Lennon; she tries unsuccessfully to meet him. Years later, after multiple failed relationships, Diana re-unites with an acquaintance under unusual circumstances.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 18
    From 1993 to 1996, Cruz appeared in ten Spanish and Italian films.
    More Details Hide Details At 20, she went to live in New York for two years at Christopher and Greenwich to study ballet and English between films. She recalls learning English "kind of late" only knowing the dialogue she had learned for the casting beyond that, she could only say, "How are you?" and "Thank you."
  • 1992
    Age 17
    In 1992, Cruz made her feature film debut at 18 as the lead female role in the comedy drama art house film, Jamón, jamón.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, she portrayed Silvia, a young woman who is expecting her first child with a man whose mother does not approve of the relationship and attempts to sabotage it by paying Javier Bardem's character to seduce her. People magazine noted that after Cruz appeared topless in the film, she became "a major sex symbol". In an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News in 1999, Cruz commented that "it was a great part, but I wasn't really ready for the nudity. But I have no regrets because I wanted to start working and it changed my life." Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes noted that Cruz "became an overnight sensation as much for her nude scenes as for her talent". When Rose asked Cruz if she was concerned about how she would be perceived after her role in the film, Cruz replied, "I just knew I had to do the complete opposite."
  • 1991
    Age 16
    She also played in the "Elle et lui" episode of an erotic French TV series called Série rose in 1991, where she appeared nude.
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  • 1990
    Age 15
    Between 1990 and 1997, she hosted the Spanish TV channel Telecinco's talk show La Quinta Marcha, a programme that was hosted by teenagers, aimed at a teenage audience.
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  • 1989
    Age 14
    In 1989, 15-year-old Cruz made her acting debut in a music video for the Spanish pop group Mecano's song "La Fuerza del Destino".
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    In 1989, at the age of 15, Cruz won an audition at a talent agency over more than 300 other girls.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, Katrina Bayonas, Cruz's agent, commented, "She was absolutely magic the audition. It was obvious there was something very impressive about this kid. She was very green, but there was a presence. There was just something coming from within." Her father Eduardo died at his home in Spain in 2015, aged 62, due to heart attack.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Born
    Born on April 28, 1974.
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