Talented actress, Penelope Cruz covers W magazine‘s September 2012 issue. ‘Vanilla Sky’ star strikes a pose on cover page wearing Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci stretch wool turtleneck with a Lynn Ban statement necklace.
Check out some excerpts from her interview with mag:
On her first audition: “It was for the woman who became my manager and still works with me. She was testing around 300 actors. I was 14 years old, and she had me read a scene from Casablanca, which is impossible to do when you are that age. But my manager asked me if I wanted to work with her, and she sent me on some castings. When I was 16, I got Jamón, Jamón. Of course, I had to lie about my age. And I had to lie to my parents about the content of the script.”
On her first American film: “The Hi-Lo Country, directed by Stephen Frears. I was obsessed with him because he had directed Dangerous Liaisons. I watched that movie every day for a long time [laughs]. So I came to America for two months, and one movie led to another. I stayed.”
On the key to being funny: “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.”
On death scenes vs. sex scenes: “I don’t like dying. I die in Don’t Move [an Italian film, for which Cruz won the Italian academy award for best actress], and I can’t really look at it because it reminds me of my grandmother when she was very old. But sex scenes are very strange. Absurd, really.”
On her first meeting with Woody Allen: “Fast. Very fast. We sat down for 30 seconds. He had seen Volver, and he thought I would be right for this character. And that was it. I never spoke to him again until we were shooting. I had no idea who I would be playing. After I said yes, he sent the script with this man who knocked on my door and said, “I will come back and pick it up in an hour.” I had to read really fast, and it was in English. It was the same thing with To Rome With Love-a different man but the same behavior. This time, I asked for two hours [laughs].”
On difficulty of playing roles in a foreign language: ‘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. And yet, when you are working in a foreign language, you have to be thinking about the words every single second. It’s difficult, but I’m not complaining. It’s just the way it is.”
Pedro Almodovar on Penelope: “She would like to shoot the paparazzi who try to take [her son Leo's] picture. But seriously, I always knew Penélope would be an amazing mother. She has no fear of love. You can see that in her work.”
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