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.
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Penelope Cruz Tried To Teach Ellen Spanish, And It Was Bleeping Great
Huffington Post - about 1 month
One phrase couldn't be translated on TV. But HuffPost is here to help!
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Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz premiere "Loving Pablo" in Venice - 6 months
Spanish power couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem shared the red carpet in Venice for their new film "Loving Pablo". Rough cut (no reporter narration)
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A glamorous Penélope Cruz can't transcend spotty comedy 'The Queen of Spain'
LATimes - 6 months
By turns sedate and breathless, the pitch-perfect 1950s newsreel footage that opens Fernando Trueba’s new comedy promises an intriguing mix of fiction and history. But though “The Queen of Spain” looks terrific and features a warm, glamorous performance by Penélope Cruz, that promise is fulfilled...
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Review: Penélope Cruz Is Luminous in ‘The Queen of Spain’
NYTimes - 6 months
Fernando Trueba’s light ensemble comedy is a romp that pillories Hollywood’s deal-making with the Franco regime in the 1950s.
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Ricky Martin Joins The Cast Of Versace-Focused 'American Crime Story'
Huffington Post - 11 months
Ricky Martin has just been cast in the third season of Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story” anthology series, which will focus on the assassination of fashion designer Gianni Versace.  Martin will play Antonio D’Amico, Versace’s longtime partner, according to Cinema Blend. The singer has worked with Murphy before, appearing on his musical high school TV show “Glee” as a sexy Spanish teacher.  The “She Bangs” singer joins the already impressive cast, which includes Édgar Rarmirez as Versace, Penélope Cruz as the designer’s sister Donatella and Darren Criss as the killer Andrew Cunanan. It’s been noted that Donatella isn’t a fan of D’Amico in real life, so it will be interesting to see how that plays into the storyline. (Maybe a “Feud” series with Cruz and Martin as Donatella and D’Amico should be next for Murphy?) But before we get to see Martin in his role, we need to make it through Season 2 ― the follow-up to “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” The second season...
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Josh Gad, Chris Pratt And J.J. Abrams Really Want Daisy Ridley To Spoil 'The Last Jedi'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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The Berlinale 2017 Diaries: The Bare Essentials - Food, Fun and Films
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 - about 1 year
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 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Penélope Cruz
  • 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.
    As of March 2016, Cruz has various film projects in different states of production.
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    Cruz's first film of 2016 was the American comedy Zoolander 2, co-starring and directed by Ben Stiller.
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  • 2015
    Age 40
    In 2015, Cruz co-produced and starred in the Spanish drama film Ma Ma, directed by Julio Medem.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    Also in 2009, she appeared in the film Broken Embraces as Lena.
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  • 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.
    In 2007, Cruz appeared in the lead female role in Manolete, a biopic of bullfighter Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez, playing Antoñita "Lupe" Sino.
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  • 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.
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    Also in 2006, Cruz received favourable reviews for her performance as Raimunda in Pedro Almodóvar's Volver.
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    Cruz appeared alongside her good friend Salma Hayek in the 2006 Western comedy film, Bandidas.
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  • 2005
    Age 30
    Her final 2005 film was Don't Move playing Italia.
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    Also in 2005, Cruz appeared in Chromophobia, screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and released the following year.
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    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".
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  • 2004
    Age 29
    She was also awarded the European Film Award for Best Actress for the film in 2004.
    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.
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  • 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.
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    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".
  • 2002
    Age 27
    In 2002, she had a minor role in Waking Up in Reno.
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  • 2001
    Age 26
    Cruz's last film in 2001 was Captain Corelli's Mandolin, film adaption of the novel of the same name.
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    In 2001, she also appeared in Don't Tempt Me, playing Carmen Ramos.
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    2001 marked a turning point year when Cruz starred in the feature films Vanilla Sky and Blow.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1998
    Age 23
    Also in 1998 Cruz appeared in Don Juan and The Girl of Your Dreams.
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  • 1997
    Age 22
    Cruz's final appearance in 1997 was the Amenabar-directed Spanish sci-fi drama, "Abre Los Ojos"/ Open Your Eyes.
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    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.
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 18
    From 1993 to 1996, Cruz appeared in ten Spanish and Italian films.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
    In 1989, at the age of 15, Cruz won an audition at a talent agency over more than 300 other girls.
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  • 1974
    Born on April 28, 1974.
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