Penelope Cruz plays a barren wife in one of her new movies and a doomed fiancée in another, but her own family life is strictly off limits. The 39-year-old Spanish mother of two has played the dark-haired beauty for directors Pedro Almodovar and Woody Allen, toyed around with Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean and engaged in intimate scenes with Michael Fassbender as his fiancée in this year’s Cormac McCarthy-scripted The Counselor.
Apologizing profusely, Cruz delayed an interview at a London pub focusing on her other new movie, Twice Born, which opens in the United States this month, for a half hour so she could rush home to feed her infant daughter.
Later, when asked how she and husband Javier Bardem share childminding chores, she said: “I don’t talk about them, in interviews, my kids. I don’t talk about them because I really try to protect them from that other part of the business.”
The Madrid native does talk about the roles she is taking now that she is on the young side of middle age, roles that may surprise fans.
“I love not feeling safe when I get to the set,” said Cruz, wearing a dark-colored parka to counter the pub’s chilliness.
The “not safe” role she wants to discuss is her portrayal of Gemma, an infertile woman, in Twice Born. The film had mixed reviews for its European run during 2012.
Based on a book by Italian author Margaret Mazzantini that Cruz says she loved, the film portrays a love affair between a daredevil American photographer, Diego, and Cruz’s academic researcher set at the time of the 1990s Bosnia war.
In it, Cruz embodies just about all possible versions of herself – from the 22-year-old who falls in love with Diego during a boisterous, drunken gathering of young artists and intellectuals in Mostar, to the married woman coming to terms with her infertility, to the older woman in her late 40s raising the child that she and Diego enlisted a surrogate mother to carry for them.
Cruz who pulls off all three stages of her character convincingly. And she is firmly of the opinion there is life for actresses after 40 – especially in Europe.
“In Europe it’s very possible and also because it’s not my main ambition. You know I love my job and I feel lucky when I can work because I need to work but it’s not my number one priority – that is family, and then my job that I’m very lucky to have.
“But I think Europe is a little bit different from maybe growing up in LA, or working just there, especially if you’re a woman … The actresses I look up to in Spain and in the rest of Europe, they work if they want to work.”
Here’s what else she had to say about what drew her to play Gemma, her experiences in Sarajevo and her views on movies that glamorize violence – though she says The Counselor doesn’t.
Q: This is the second film version of a Mazzantini novel, after Don’t Move in 2004, you’ve appeared in. What drew you to Gemma and her growing awareness of her infertility?
A: She’s a complicated woman, not politically correct at all, and that’s what I love about her. She just doesn’t have any mental filters, she says everything she feels and talks about a subject that’s difficult and very important to any woman. I read this book and I was fascinated by the way she talks about motherhood or about the conflict that this woman goes through – knowing it is not possible for her to have children she becomes obsessed with it….When I closed the last page I was 100 percent sure I wanted to play this character.
Q: The film is set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war, the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War Two. Did that history have any resonance for you during the filming in Sarajevo, which was one of the worst killing fields of the war?
A: This story … describes a war that was complex, like anywhere, but even when you talk to a Bosnian and a Serbian and a Croatian they all tell you we wish we could explain to you how this got so out of control but even for them…it’s hard to explain how things got to be so atrocious…I’ve talked to many families who have gone through horrible stories, especially one woman told me something she saw I will never for the rest of my life be able to get out of my mind. I don’t want to repeat it here but it was really like one of the most horrible things I ever heard…something she saw that happened to a child. That conversation will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Q: The “other” Cruz movie, The Counselor, out now in the U.S. and Europe, also is violent but in a different way.
A: I like the movie, it is really interesting and smart but I have doubts about the violence. There is one scene that I still have not seen, the one with Brad Pitt where he dies, the way he dies. I think violence should not be glamorized…I haven’t been part of many violent movies but if I was going to be part of one I wanted it to be one that doesn’t feel like a video game…It is a tricky line, how to make something interesting especially with such brilliant dialogue from Cormac McCarthy. But the darkness is not glamorized. It doesn’t make it cool, you know.
Source: En Starz
Penelope Cruz has the hottest celebrity body of 2013, according to the list drawn up by Fitness Magazine, which places the Spanish actress ahead of showbiz colleagues like Jennifer Lawrence and Sandra Bullock.
“‘The Counselor’ star welcomed her second child, daughter Luna, in July and popped back up on the red carpet in amazing shape just three months after giving birth,” the magazine said.
The 39-year-old actress credits the Mediterranean diet as key to regaining that stunning silhouette.
About Lawrence, star of “The Hunger Games” movies, the magazine said she went in for “agility drills, sprint intervals, medicine ball exercises and cardio on a stationary bike.”
As for Bullock, the celeb publication said “it’s hard to believe that the star of this year’s hit ‘Gravity’ is 49 years old,” and says her secret is mixing cardio and strength-building exercises for an hour every day, six days a week, a routine she complements with pilates, kickboxing and even weightlifting.
Also appearing on the list topped by Cruz are Kerry Washington, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amanda Seyfried, Christina Aguilera, Allison Williams and Katy Perry. Rounding out Fitness Magazine’s 13 hottest bodies of the year are Blake Lively, Paula Patton, Paula Patton and Carrie Underwood.
Taking a break from her busy schedule, Penelope Cruz covered the Winter 2014 issue of The Wall Street Journal Magazine.
While donning designer duds from Isabel Marant and Saint Laurent for the Alasdair McLellan-shot spread, the 39-year-old actress dished about her life as a mother and her future.
Highlights from Miss Cruz’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to The Wall Street Journal Magazine!
On her future:
“Maybe in 10 years I’ll direct a feature film. There would have to be enough passion to give a year or two of my life.”
On her children:
“[Motherhood] changes everything in your life. It’s also going to change the way you approach your work. I always wanted to have children. When you already have your own child in your arms, you understand even more what it must mean to not have the ability.”
On her ultimate critic:
“I have no compassion for my own mistakes. Luckily, I also have a good sense of humor, so now I don’t beat myself up too much. It’s a good balance.”
Source: Gossip Center
Penelope Cruz has steered away for the spotlight for some time now, but only because she has been taking time to enjoy motherhood.
“I was breast-feeding my son 13 months, and I plan to do the same with my daughter,” the Oscar winner told Allure magazine, referring to her daughter Luna she and husband Javier Bardem welcomed in July. “[Nursing] is addictive. It’s hard when the day comes when you have to stop.”
The couple, who have been married since July 2010, also have a 3-year-old son named Leo Encinas Cruz.
Speaking of childhood, the actress opened up about her own in the January 2014 isssue: “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.”
The 39-year-old is very close to her family and also spoke about the bond she has with her sister Monica and brother Eduardo.
“We are so close to each other. We tell each other everything,” she said. “We’re talking all the time, every day. We’re really, really close, the three of us. It’s my treasure to have this relationship with [my] brother and sister-it’s so beautiful.”
As for Penelope’s famous relationships, she called her Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides costar Johnny Depp “one of my favorite people in the whole world! He’s been such a good friend,” and said of fellow The Counselor cast member Cameron Diaz “She has this vibrant, great energy. Really full of life.”
Talking about her very close friendship with Salma Hayek, Penelope revealed the two have a nickname for each other.
“She’s one of my best friends. We call each other huevos [eggs]. It was because when we were working together, we didn’t have children yet, so we used to sleep much more than now,” she said. “So it was a way to call each other lazy. We slept in the same bed so many times and it was like she was always trying to wake me up and call me huevos. But that’s in the past. Now we both are mothers, so we don’t sleep that much.”
Source: En Starz
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