Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz Sánchez (/okayrθ/; Spanish: [peˈnelope ˈkɾuθ ˈsantʃeθ];[1] born 28 April 1974) is a Spanish actress. Recognized for her roles in movies of a number of genres, she has obtained varied accolades, together with an Academy Award and a British Academy Movie Award, along with nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award, 4 Golden Globe Awards, and 5 Display Actors Guild Awards.

Signed by an agent at age 15, Cruz made her appearing debut at 16 on tv, and her characteristic movie debut the next yr in Jamón Jamón (1992). Her subsequent roles included Belle Époque (1992), Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hello-Lo Nation (1999), The Woman of Your Goals (2000), and Lady on Prime (2000). She can be recognized for her frequent collaborations with director Pedro Almodóvar in Dwell Flesh (1997), All About My Mom (1999), Volver (2006), Damaged Embraces (2009), I am So Excited! (2013), Ache and Glory (2019), and Parallel Moms (2021), in addition to with director Woody Allen in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) and To Rome with Love (2012).

Cruz achieved worldwide recognition for her lead roles within the movies All the Fairly Horses (2000), Vanilla Sky (2001), Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001), and Blow (2001). She has since appeared in a wide range of movies from a variety of genres, together with the comedy Waking Up in Reno (2002), the thriller Gothika (2003), the Christmas movie Noel (2004), the action-adventure movies Sahara (2005) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), the crime drama The Counselor (2013), and the thriller movie Homicide on the Orient Categorical (2017). She obtained essential popularity of her roles in Volver (2006) and 9 (2009), incomes Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for every. She received the Academy Award for Greatest Supporting Actress in 2008 for her efficiency in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She is the primary and solely Spanish actress to be nominated for and to win an Academy Award, in addition to the primary to obtain a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame. In 2018, Cruz made her American tv debut as Italian dressmaker Donatella Versace within the FX sequence The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Excellent Supporting Actress in a Restricted Sequence or Film.

Cruz has modelled for Mango, Ralph Lauren, and L’Oréal, and alongside along with her youthful sister Mónica Cruz, additionally designed clothes for Mango. She has been a home ambassador for Chanel since 2018. Cruz has volunteered in Uganda and India, the place she spent one week working with Mom Teresa; she donated her wage from The Hello-Lo Nation to assist fund the late nun’s mission.


Cruz was born on 28 April 1974 within the city of Alcobendas, province of Madrid, Spain, to Encarna Sánchez, an Andalusian hairdresser and private supervisor, and Eduardo Cruz, an Extremaduran retailer and automotive mechanic.[2] She has two siblings, Mónica, additionally an actress, and Eduardo, a singer. She additionally has a paternal half-sister, Salma.[3][4][5][6] She was raised as a Roman Catholic.[7] Cruz grew up in Alcobendas, and spent lengthy hours at her grandmother’s condo.[6][8] She mentioned she had a contented childhood.[6] Cruz remembers “taking part in with some pals and being conscious that I used to be appearing as I used to be taking part in with them. I’d consider a personality and fake to be another person.”[9]

Initially, Cruz targeted on dance,[6] finding out classical ballet for 9 years[8] at Spain’s Nationwide Conservatory.[10] She took three years of Spanish ballet coaching and 4 years of theatre at Cristina Rota’s faculty.[11][12] She mentioned that ballet instilled in her self-discipline that might be vital in her future appearing profession.[13] When she turned a cinephile at 10 or 11, her father purchased a Betamax machine, which was then a really uncommon factor to personal in her neighborhood.[9]

As a teen, Cruz turned involved in appearing after seeing the movie Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990) by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.[6][14] She did casting requires an agent however was rejected a number of instances as a result of the agent felt that she was too younger.[6][15] Cruz commented on the expertise, “I used to be very extroverted as a child…. I used to be finding out once I was in highschool at night time, I used to be in ballet and I used to be doing castings. I regarded for an agent and he or she despatched me away 3 times as a result of I used to be somewhat woman however I saved coming again. I am nonetheless along with her in any case these years.”[15] In 1989, on the age of 15, Cruz received an audition at a expertise company over greater than 300 different women.[10] In 1999, Katrina Bayonas, Cruz’s agent, commented, “She was completely magic [at the audition]. It was apparent there was one thing very spectacular about this child…. She was very inexperienced, however there was a presence. There was simply one thing coming from inside.”[10]

Her father, Eduardo, died at his house in Spain in 2015, aged 62, from a coronary heart assault.[16]


1989-1997: Early work

In 1989, 15-year-old Cruz made her appearing debut in a music video for the Spanish pop group Mecano’s tune “La Fuerza del Destino”. Between 1990 and 1991, she hosted the Spanish TV channel Telecinco’s speak present La Quinta Marcha, a programme that was hosted by youngsters, geared toward a teenage viewers.[10] She additionally performed within the “Elle et lui” episode of an erotic French TV sequence known as Série rose in 1991, the place she appeared nude.[17] In 1991,[18] Cruz made her characteristic movie debut because the lead feminine position within the comedy drama artwork home movie Jamón, jamón.[10] Within the movie, she portrayed Silvia, a younger girl who’s anticipating her first little one with a person whose mom doesn’t approve of the connection and makes an attempt to sabotage it by paying Javier Bardem’s character to seduce her. Individuals journal famous that after Cruz appeared topless within the movie, she turned “a serious intercourse image”.[10] In an interview with the Los Angeles Each day Information in 1999, Cruz commented that “it was an amazing half, however…I wasn’t actually prepared for the nudity. […] However I’ve no regrets as a result of I wished to begin working and it modified my life.”[10] Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes famous that Cruz “turned an in a single day sensation as a lot for her nude scenes as for her expertise”.[13] When Rose requested Cruz if she was involved about how she can be perceived after her position within the movie, Cruz replied, “I simply knew I needed to do the exact opposite.”[13] Jamón, jamón obtained favorable evaluations,[19] with Chris Hicks of the Deseret Information describing Cruz’s portrayal of Silvia as “enchanting”.[20] Writing for the Chicago Solar-Occasions, movie critic Roger Ebert wrote “it stars actors of appreciable bodily enchantment, most significantly Penélope Cruz as Silvia”.[21] For her efficiency, Cruz was nominated for a Spanish Actors Union Newcomer Award and a Goya Award for Greatest Actress. The identical yr she appeared within the Academy Award-winning Belle Époque because the virginal Luz.[10] Individuals journal famous that Cruz’s position as Luz confirmed that she was versatile.[10]

From 1993 to 1996, Cruz appeared in ten Spanish and Italian movies.[22] At 20, she went to stay in New York for 2 years at Christopher and Greenwich to check ballet and English between movies. She recollects studying English “type of late”, beforehand figuring out solely the dialogue she had realized for the casting and the phrases “How are you?” and “Thanks”.[9]

In 1997, Cruz appeared within the Spanish comedy movie Love Can Significantly Injury Your Well being. She portrays Diana, a fan of The Beatles band member John Lennon; she tries unsuccessfully to satisfy him. Years later, after many failed relationships, Diana re-unites with an acquaintance below uncommon circumstances.[23] That very same yr, she appeared within the opening scene of Pedro Almodóvar’s Dwell Flesh as a prostitute who offers start on a bus[10] and in Et hjørne af paradis (A Nook of Paradise) as Doña Helena. Cruz’s last look in 1997 was the Amenabar-directed Spanish sci-fi drama, “Abre Los Ojos”/ Open Your Eyes. She performs Sofia, the love curiosity of Eduardo Noriega’s lead character. Open Your Eyes obtained constructive evaluations,[24] and was later remade by U.S. director Cameron Crowe as “Vanilla Sky” (who solid Cruz in the identical position and Tom Cruise in Noriega’s position), however “Open Your Eyes” was not commercially profitable.[25] Kevin N. Laforest of the Montreal Movie Journal commented in his September 2002 evaluation that Cruz “has been getting some actually dangerous evaluations for her current American work, however I personally suppose that she’s a greater than respectable actress, particularly right here, the place she’s charming, transferring and at all times plausible. […] There’s one shot specifically, the place Cruz enters a room in a greenish glow, which is correct out of Hitchcock’s image [Vertigo].”[26]

1998-2000: Early American movie roles

In 1998, Cruz appeared in her first American movie as Billy Crudup’s consolation-prize Mexican girlfriend in Stephen Frears’ western movie The Hello-Lo Nation.[10] Cruz acknowledged that she had difficulties understanding individuals talking English whereas she was filming The Hello-Lo Nation.[10] The movie was critically and commercially unsuccessful.[27][28] Kevin Lally of the Movie Journal Worldwide commented in his evaluation for the movie that “in an ironic casting twist, the Spanish actress Penélope Cruz […] is rather more interesting as Josepha [than in her previous roles]”.[29] For her efficiency within the movie, she was nominated for an ALMA Award for Greatest Actress.

Additionally in 1998, Cruz appeared in Don Juan and the Spanish interval drama The Woman of Your Goals. In The Woman of Your Goals (La niña de tus ojos), Cruz portrayed Macarena Granada, a singer who’s in an on-and-off relationship with Antonio Resines’s character Blas. They’re a part of a Francoist movie troupe that travels from Spain in the course of the Spanish Civil Struggle to Nazi Germany for a joint manufacturing with UFA. Cruz’s efficiency within the movie was praised by movie critics, with Jonathan Holloland of Selection journal writing “if affirmation remains to be wanted that Cruz is an actress first and a reasonably face second, then right here it’s”.[30] A author for Film4 commented that “Cruz herself is the inevitable focus of the movie” however famous that general the movie “seems nice”.[31] Cruz’s position as Macarena has been considered as her “largest position up to now”.[10] For her efficiency, Cruz obtained a Goya Award and Spanish Actors’ Union Award, and was nominated for a European Movie Award.[32] In 1999, Cruz labored with Almodóvar once more in All About My Mom, taking part in Sister María Rosa Sanz, a pregnant nun with AIDS.[10] The movie obtained favorable evaluations,[33] and was commercially profitable, grossing over $67 million worldwide, though it carried out higher on the field workplace internationally than domestically.[34]

In 2000, she appeared in Lady on Prime within the lead feminine position as Isabelle, a world-class chef who suffered from movement illness since start, her first American lead position.[10] Lisa Nesselson of Selection journal praised the performances of each Cruz and her co-star, Harold Perrineau, saying they “go off the display”, and added that Cruz has an enthralling accent.[35] BBC Information movie critic Jane Crowther mentioned that “Cruz is splendidly ditzy because the harmless overseas” however remarked that “it is Harold Perrineau Jr as Monica who pockets the film”.[36] Annlee Ellingson of Field Workplace journal wrote “Cruz is gorgeous within the position—harmless and susceptible but possessing a mature grace and decided energy, all whereas scorching with unchecked sensuality.”[37] Additionally in 2000, she performed Alejandra Villarreal, who’s Matt Damon’s love curiosity in Billy Bob Thornton’s movie adaptation of the western bestselling novel All of the Fairly Horses.[10] Susan Stark of the Detroit Information commented that within the movie Thornton was capable of information Damon, Henry Thomas and Cruz to “their most spectacular performances in a serious film but”.[38] Nonetheless, Bob Longigo of The Atlanta Journal Structure was much less smitten by Cruz’s and Damon’s efficiency, saying that their “ensuing onscreen chemistry would hardly heat a can of beans”.[39]

2001-2005: Breakthrough

2001 marked a turning level yr when Cruz starred within the characteristic movies Vanilla Sky and Blow. In Vanilla Sky, Cameron Crowe’s interpretation of Open Your Eyes, she performed Sofia Serrano, the love curiosity of Tom Cruise’s character. The movie obtained blended evaluations,[40] however made $200 million worldwide.[41] Her efficiency was properly obtained by critics, with BBC movie critic Brandon Graydon saying that Cruz “is a fascinating display presence”,[42] and Ethan Alter of the Movie Journal Worldwide noting that Cruz and her co-star Cruise had been “capable of generate some precise chemistry”.[43] Her subsequent movie was Blow, tailored from Bruce Porter’s 1993 guide Blow: How a Small City Boy Made $100 million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Misplaced It All. She had a supporting position as Mirtha Jung, the spouse of Johnny Depp’s character. The movie obtained blended evaluations,[44] however made $80 million worldwide.[45] Nina Willdorf of the Boston Phoenix described Cruz as “multi-talented”[46] and Mark Salvo of The Austin Chronicle wrote “I could also be one of many final male holdouts to hitch the Cruz-Guidelines camp, however her tour de power efficiency right here sucks you proper in.”[47]

Cruz on the 2003 Cannes Movie Competition

In 2001, she additionally appeared in Do not Tempt Me, taking part in Carmen Ramos. The movie obtained destructive evaluations.[48] Jeff Vice of the Deseret Information commented that “sadly, casting Cruz as a tricky woman is a hilariously dangerous [idea]”[49] and Michael Miller of the Village Voice writing that “as Devil’s helper Carmen, Penélope Cruz does not maintain a candle to her cocaine-huffing enabler in Blow“.[50] Cruz’s final movie in 2001 was Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, movie adaption of the novel of the identical identify. She performed Pelagia, who falls in love with one other man whereas her fiancé is in battle in the course of the Second World Struggle. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was not properly obtained by critics,[51] however made $62 million worldwide.[52] In 2002, she had a minor position in Waking Up in Reno. It had destructive evaluations[53] and was a field workplace failure, making $267,000 worldwide.[54] The next yr, Cruz had a supporting position within the horror movie Gothika as Chloe Sava, a affected person at a psychological hospital. David Rooney of Selection wrote that Cruz “provides a serviceably malevolent edge to Chloe’s obvious insanity”.[55] Cruz’s efficiency in Fanfan la Tulipe, additionally in 2003, was not properly obtained, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian commenting that Cruz “deserves a particular Cannes Razzie for a efficiency of purest teak”.[56]

In 2004, Cruz appeared within the Christmas movie Noel as Nina, the girlfriend of Paul Walker’s character[57] and as Mia within the romantic drama Head within the Clouds, set within the Thirties.[58] Head within the Clouds carried out poorly on the field workplace.[59] For Head within the Clouds, Bruce Birkland of Jam! Canoe mentioned, “The story feels compelled and the performances dreary, with the notable exception of Cruz, who appears to be in a unique movie from the remainder of the solid.”[60] Desson Thompson of The Washington Publish was extra essential; his remark concerning the character’s “pronounced limp” was that “Cruz (hardly the world’s best actress) cannot even carry out with out wanting pretend”.[58] She additionally starred in Sergio Castellitto’s melodrama Do not Transfer.[61] Cruz, who realized Italian for the position, received the David di Donatello for her efficiency.[62] She additionally received the European Movie Award for Greatest Actress for the movie in 2004.[63]
In 2005, Cruz appeared as Dr. Eva Rojas within the motion journey Sahara.[64][65] She earned $1.6 million for her supporting position.[66] The movie grossed $110 million worldwide however didn’t recoup its $160 million finances. Moviefone dubbed the movie “one of the crucial well-known flops in historical past” and in 2007, listed it at 24 on its listing of “Greatest Field-Workplace Turkeys of All Time”.[67] Lori Hoffman of the Atlantic Metropolis Weekly felt Cruz put her “appreciable [acting] abilities on cruise management as Dr Eva Rojas”[68] and James Berardnelli of ReelViews described Cruz’s efficiency as a “black gap”, that she “lacks display presence”.[69] Additionally in 2005, Cruz appeared in Chromophobia, screened on the 2005 Cannes Movie Competition and launched the next yr. Mathew Turner of View London mentioned Cruz’s character Gloria, a cancer-riddled prostitute, is “really extra fascinating than the primary storyline”[70] whereas Time Evan’s of Sky Films wrote, “The Cruz/Ifans storyline—that includes the one two remotely sympathetic characters—by no means actually fuses with the primary plot.”[71] Her last 2005 movie was Do not Transfer taking part in Italia. Eric Harrison of the Houston Chronicle famous that Cruz “goes all out” along with her look[72] and Patrick Peters of Empire journal commented that the movie’s director, who additionally seems within the movie, was ready to attract a “delicate efficiency” from Cruz.[73]

2006-2009: Worldwide recognition

Cruz on the eightieth Academy Awards in 2008

Cruz appeared alongside her good pal Salma Hayek within the 2006 Western comedy movie Bandidas. Randy Cordova of the Arizona Republic mentioned the movie “sports activities” Cruz and her co-star Salma Hayek because the “lusty dream group” and that they had been the “advertising fantasy” for the movie.[74] Additionally in 2006, Cruz obtained beneficial evaluations for her efficiency as Raimunda, a working-class girl compelled to go to nice lengths to guard her 14-year-old daughter Paula, in Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver. A.O. Scott of The New York Occasions remarked, “With this position Ms. Cruz inscribes her identify close to the highest of any credible listing of present-day flesh-and-blood display goddesses, in no small half as a result of she manages to be earthy, unpretentious and somewhat vulgar with out shedding an oz. of her pure glamour.”[75] Likewise, Carina Chocano of The Los Angeles Occasions wrote, “Cruz, who has remarked that in Hollywood she’s hardly ever allowed to be something greater than fairly, instills her with an superior resoluteness and energy of character.”[76] She shared a Greatest Actress award on the 2006 Cannes Movie Competition with 5 of her co-stars, in addition to receiving a Goya Award and European Movie Award, and was nominated for the Golden Globe, the Display Actors Guild Award, the BAFTA Award, and the Academy Award for Greatest Actress in a number one position. She turned the primary and solely Spanish actress ever nominated for an Academy Award.[14]

In 2007, Cruz appeared within the lead feminine position in Manolete, a biopic of bullfighter Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez, taking part in Antoñita “Lupe” Sino. The movie was critically panned, and Selection felt that Cruz has “clearly been solid to play the type of red-hot drama queen she’s pulled off infinitely higher within the movies of Pedro Almodovar.”[77] After being shelved since 2007, Manolete (initially shot in 2005[78]) launched on demand by way of cable, satellite tv for pc, telco and on-line on 7 June 2011 below the title A Matador’s Mistress.[79][80] She additionally appeared in The Good Evening, taking part in two characters, Anna and Melody.[81][82] TV Information movie critic Maitland McDonagh famous that within the movie Cruz “expertly mines the distinction between stylish, compliant, white-clad Anna and funky, street-wise Melody, who treats [Martin Freeman’s character] Gary just like the world-class drag he’s”.[83]

Cruz on the 81st Academy Awards in 2009, the place she received the Academy Award for Greatest Supporting Actress

In 2008, Cruz starred alongside Ben Kingsley in Isabel Coixet’s movie Elegy, which was based mostly on the Philip Roth story The Dying Animal, because the lead feminine position, Consuela Castillo.[84] Ray Bennett of The Hollywood Reporter described Cruz’s efficiency as being “excellent in an in any other case lame male fantasy [film].”[85] That very same yr, Cruz appeared in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona as María Elena, a mentally unstable girl, which was obtained with essential acclaim. Writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick LaSalle famous, “However the revelation is Penélope Cruz, who has by no means been higher in an American movie. All of a sudden, and for the primary time, her stardom is sensible. As Maria Elena, José Antonio’s gifted and neurotic ex-wife, Cruz is on fireplace – hysterically humorous, deserted, passionate, poignant, with a efficiency filled with shading and broad in vary. She’s as enjoyable and as highly effective as Anna Magnani, and exquisite apart from. Cruz simply wanted someone to show her unfastened.”[86] Likewise, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian singled her out for reward, writing: “Cruz, taking part in Maria Elena, the passionate and loopy ex-wife of a moody Picasso-ish artist, seems as if she has wandered in from a extra hefty movie fully; all the things she does and says appears to imply extra, rely for extra. This is not to say that she will get greater laughs, or maybe any laughs, however she actually walks off with the movie”.[87] Cruz obtained a Goya Award and her first Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Greatest Supporting Actress. She additionally obtained a Golden Globe and SAG nomination. Cruz turned the one Spanish actress ever to be awarded an Academy Award[88][89] and the sixth Hispanic individual to ever obtain the award.[90]

Cruz’s subsequent movie was the kid-friendly G-Drive,[91] voicing a guinea pig spy named Juarez.[91] G-Drive was a industrial success, making over $290 million worldwide.[92] Additionally in 2009, she appeared within the movie Damaged Embraces as Lena. Stephanie Zacharek of famous in her evaluation for the movie that Cruz “does not coast on her magnificence in Damaged Embraces, and he or she has the type of position that may be tough to flesh out”.[93] Cruz obtained nominations from the Satellite tv for pc Awards and European Movie Awards for her efficiency in Damaged Embraces. Cruz’s last 2009 movie was the movie model of the musical 9, taking part in the character Carla Albanese, the lead character’s mistress. Selection reported that Cruz initially auditioned for the position of the movie inside a movie’s star,[94] Claudia, which finally went to Nicole Kidman. Cruz mentioned that she educated for 3 months for the dance routine within the movie.[88] Claudia Puig of USA At the moment commented that whereas Cruz “does a steamy tune and dance”, her “appearing is surprisingly caricatured”.[95] Cruz’s efficiency as Carla was nominated for Greatest Supporting Actress on the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards.

2010–2015: Established actress

Cruz on the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010, the place she obtained her third Academy Award nomination

Cruz’s solely movie in 2010 was Intercourse and the Metropolis 2, the sequel to the 2008 movie, during which she appeared as a banker in a cameo position.[96][97] A industrial success, the comedy movie was largely panned by critics.[98] Cruz appeared in her greatest Hollywood flip up to now in Rob Marshall’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment within the movie sequence, reverse Johnny Depp. Within the movie, Cruz portrayed Angelica, a former love curiosity of Jack Sparrow, who blames him for her corruption. Cruz was the one actress thought-about for the position, as she match Marshall’s description. He invited her for the position as they wrapped the manufacturing of 9.[99] The actress spent two months understanding and studying fencing for the position.[100] Throughout filming, Cruz found she was pregnant, main the costume division to revamp her wardrobe to be extra elastic,[99] and the producers to rent her sister Mónica Cruz to double for Penélope in dangerous scenes.[citation needed] On Stranger Tides ranks among the many highest-grossing movies of all time, grossing greater than $1.046 billion in box-office receipts worldwide.[101] On 1 April 2011, previous to the movie’s launch, Cruz obtained the two,436th star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame in entrance of the El Capitan Theatre. She turned the primary Spanish actress to obtain a Star.[102][103]

In 2012, Cruz appeared within the first ever Nintendo industrial to advertise New Tremendous Mario Bros. 2 and the Nintendo 3DS XL during which she performed the position of Mario within the advert.[104] She spoke Italian once more, this time in Woody Allen’s romantic ensemble comedy movie To Rome with Love, during which she portrayed a street-smart prostitute who agrees to fake to be the spouse of a newlywed.[105] Fond to work along with her once more, Allen in contrast Cruz’s play within the movie with that of Italian icons Anna Magnani and Sophia Loren.[106] Whereas the movie obtained blended evaluations,[107] Cruz was reviewed favourably for her “exuberantly, cartoonishly attractive” efficiency, which The Week cited as a stand out.[108] The identical yr, Cruz additionally reunited with Italian director Sergio Castellitto in his warfare story Twice Born about an infertile Italian girl who returns to relive her previous in Sarajevo.[109] An adaptation of Castellitto’s spouse Margaret Mazzantini’s same-titled bestseller, Cruz portrayed the transitional character at completely different phases in her life, starting from her early twenties to her late forties.[110] Regardless of receiving little reward from critics, Cruz’s efficiency reverse Emile Hirsch earned constructive evaluations.[111]

In 2013, Cruz appeared in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, that includes an ensemble solid consisting of Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, and husband Javier Bardem. The crime thriller follows a lawyer who, tempted by the lure of fast cash, finds himself concerned in drug coping with ruthless Mexican cartels. Cruz performs his girlfriend, Laura, the one harmless character within the story.[112] The movie obtained largely destructive evaluations from critics and have become a average industrial success on the worldwide field places of work.[113][114] The identical yr, Cruz, together with Antonio Banderas, made a cameo look in Pedro Almodóvar’s farcical comedy I am So Excited, which marked a return to the director’s mild, campy comedies of the Eighties and Nineties.[115] The movie obtained blended evaluations, however earned a worldwide gross of greater than US$11 million.[116]

In 2015, Cruz co-produced and starred within the Spanish drama movie Ma Ma, directed by Julio Medem. In it, she performs Magda, a gutsy mom and unemployed instructor, who’s recognized with breast most cancers, a task which Cruz later cited as “one of the crucial advanced, stunning characters I’ve ever been provided, probably the most tough.”[117] The melodrama was screened within the Particular Shows part of the 2015 Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition,[117] the place it obtained typically destructive evaluations for its weepie story line.[118][119] Nonetheless, Cruz was praised for her “aces efficiency,”[120] which earned her an eighth Goya nomination on the thirtieth awards ceremony.[121]

2016–current: Continued success

Cruz on the 2017 Goya Awards

Cruz’s first movie of 2016 was the American comedy Zoolander 2, co-starring and directed by Ben Stiller. Within the sequel movie, Cruz portrayed a secret Interpol agent who enlists fashions Derek Zoolander (Stiller) and Hansel McDonald, performed by Owen Wilson, to assist discover out who’s killing the world’s most stunning individuals. Particularly written for her persona, Cruz, a fan of the unique 2001 movie, was one of many first actors to be solid of their components.[122] Upon its launch, the movie obtained typically destructive evaluations from critics, who felt that it had “extra celeb cameos than laughs.”[123]

Cruz’s different movie that yr was Louis Leterrier’s British spy comedy Grimsby, during which she performed a robust philanthropist, reverse Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Sturdy. Cruz was reportedly provided $400,000 for her look within the movie,[124] which was launched to typically blended evaluations from critics, who felt that the actress was extremely underused and “wanting even much less invested right here than she did in Zoolander 2.”[125]

Additionally in 2016, Cruz reteamed with Fernando Trueba on his Spanish-language interval pic The Queen of Spain, a sequel to Trueba’s 1998 drama The Woman of Your Goals.[126] Set within the Fifties, twenty years after the occasions of the unique movie, Cruz reprised the position of an actress who turned a Hollywood star and returns to Spain to movie a blockbuster about Queen Isabella I of Castile. Chosen to be proven within the Berlinale Particular part of the 67th Berlin Worldwide Movie Competition,[127] the Spanish comedy-drama was screened to lukewarm evaluations,[128] however obtained 5 nominations on the thirty first Goya Awards, incomes Cruz her ninth nomination.[129]

Loving Pablo, a Spanish drama movie directed by Fernando León de Aranoa was launched in 2017, starring Cruz within the position of Virginia Vallejo, and her husband, Javier Bardem, within the position of Pablo Escobar.[130] Based mostly on Vallejo’s bestselling memoir Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar, the movie was launched to blended evaluations in the course of the 74th Venice Worldwide Movie Competition.[131][132] So as to play the position of the Colombian journalist, Cruz studied a whole bunch of interviews of Vallejo.[133][134] Cruz had a supporting position in Kenneth Branagh’s Homicide on the Orient Categorical (2017), the fourth adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel of the identical identify. The thriller–drama ensemble movie follows world-renowned detective Hercule Poirot, who seeks to resolve a homicide on the well-known European prepare within the Thirties. Cruz performs missionary and passenger Pilar Estravados, a Hispanic model of the novel’s Swedish Greta Ohlsson. The movie has grossed $306 million worldwide and obtained blended to constructive evaluations from critics, with reward for the solid’s performances, however criticism for not including something new to earlier variations.[135]

Cruz on the 2019 Goya Awards

In 2018, Cruz made her tv debut by co-starring within the position of Donatella Versace within the second season of the FX anthology sequence American Crime Story entitled The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Her efficiency was extremely praised by critics and he or she obtained a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Excellent Supporting Actress in a Restricted Sequence or Film. As well as, Cruz reteamed with Bardem on the Spanish-language psychological thriller movie Everyone Is aware of, directed by Asghar Farhadi.[136][137][138]

In 2021, Cruz starred alongside Antonio Banderas in Gastón Duprat & Mariano Cohn’s movie Official Competitors and reunited with Almodóvar for the movie Parallel Moms, during which she performed Janis, an expert photographer entangled in a relationship with a married man, resulting in an affair and leading to her being pregnant.[139][140][141] Each movies premiered on the 78th Venice Worldwide Movie Competition, the place the latter obtained rave evaluations. Parallel Moms additionally screened on the 59th New York Movie Competition, the place it was obtained positively.[142] Her efficiency within the movie was lauded, successful the Volpi Cup for Greatest Actress and receiving her second Academy Award nomination for Greatest Actress, her fourth nomination general.[143][144] Stephanie Zacharek from Time acknowledged that “Cruz is astonishing right here, in what could also be one of the best efficiency of her profession to this point. Janis’ fragility and her fortitude are two sides of 1 coin, and Cruz can shift from one to the opposite within the merest breath.”[145] Owen Gleiberman of Selection talked about that “Cruz acts this half with a mood-shifting immediacy that leaves you breathless”, with David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter describing her efficiency as “top-of-the-line roles of her profession” and “her most excellent work since Volver.”[141][146] Following the discharge of those movies, she was honoured on the Museum of Trendy Artwork in New York for her profession and achievements in movie. Luxurious trend home Chanel returned because the presenting sponsor making for an in-sync affair, as Cruz has served as ambassador for the model since 2018.[147] The next yr, she appeared within the female-led spy motion movie The 355, directed by Simon Kinberg and starring alongside Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyongo, Diane Kruger, Fan Bingbing, Sebastian Stan, and Édgar Ramírez.[148][149] The movie was launched by Common Footage on January 7, 2022.[150]

Cruz is about to look and function producer within the thriller movie On the Fringe, the directorial characteristic debut of Juan Diego Botto.[151] She can be connected to star alongside Adam Driver and Shailene Woodley within the biopic Ferrari, directed by Michael Mann. The movie will chronicle the lifetime of Enzo Ferrari, founding father of the Ferrari model. Cruz is about to painting Ferrari’s spouse, Laura.[152]

Public picture

“Probably the most tough factor on the earth is to begin a profession recognized solely to your seems, after which to attempt to turn into a critical actress. Nobody will take you critically as soon as you’re often known as the gorgeous girl.”[153]

Cruz receiving a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame in 2011

In 2006, Cruz turned a spokesmodel for French cosmetics firm L’Oréal to advertise merchandise such because the L’Oréal Paris hair dye Pure Match[154] and L’Oreal mascara merchandise.[155] She receives US$2 million a yr for her work for the corporate.[10] Cruz has appeared in print adverts for Mango[156] and had a contract with Ralph Lauren in 2001.[10][157] Cruz and her sister designed their second assortment for Mango in 2007.[15] It was impressed by Brigitte Bardot and summers in St Tropez.[15]

Cruz ranked as No. 58 in Maxim‘s “Scorching 100” of 2007 listing, and was chosen by Empire journal as being one of many 100 Sexiest Film Stars on the earth.[158][159] Cruz was additionally ranked on’s Most Fascinating Girls of 2008 at No. 26, in 2009 at No. 25,[158] and in 2010 at No. 7.[160] In April 2010, she changed Kate Winslet as the brand new face and ambassador of Lancôme’s Trésor perfume.[161] Lancôme signed Cruz as their third famous person spokesmodel, together with Julia Roberts and Winslet. The marketing campaign was shot by Mario Testino at Paris’s Resort de Crillon and debuted within the autumn of 2010.[162]

In 2010, Cruz was a visitor editor for the French Vogue journal, specializing in larger-size fashions in a provocative picture shoot.[163] Almodóvar described her as his muse.[164] On the quilt of Spanish Vogue’s December 2010 challenge, she agreed to be photographed by trend photographer Peter Lindbergh provided that her being pregnant was not proven.[165] In 2011, The Telegraph reported probably the most wanted physique components of the wealthy and well-known revealed by two Hollywood plastic surgeons who carried out a survey amongst their sufferers to construct up the image of the right girl. Below the class of probably the most wanted physique form, Penélope Cruz, recognized for her voluptuous determine, was voted as having the highest physique.[166] Males’s Well being ranked her at No. 32. on their “100 Hottest Girls of All-Time” listing.[167] Esquire named her the Sexiest Lady Alive in 2014.[168]


Cruz has donated time and money to charity. Along with work in Nepal, she has volunteered in Uganda and India, the place she spent every week working with Mom Teresa that included helping in a leprosy clinic.[169] That journey impressed Cruz to assist begin a basis to help homeless women in India, the place she sponsors two younger girls.[169] She donated her wage from her first Hollywood movie, The Hello-Lo Nation, to Mom Teresa’s mission.[157][169] Within the early 2000s, she frolicked in Nepal photographing Tibetan kids for an exhibition attended by the Dalai Lama. She additionally photographed residents on the Pacific Lodge Boys’ House, most of whom are former gang members and recovering substance abusers.[169] She mentioned: “These youngsters break my coronary heart. I’ve to manage myself to not cry. Not out of pity, however seeing how tough life is and the way exhausting it’s to make the precise selections.”[169] A pregnant Cruz confirmed her help for the battle in opposition to AIDS by lighting up the Empire State Constructing with crimson lights in New York Metropolis on 1 December 2010 on Worldwide AIDS Day, as a part of (RED)’s new consciousness marketing campaign, ‘An AIDS Free Era is Due in 2015,’ which goals to eradicate the HIV virus from pregnant moms to their infants.[165] In 2012 and 2018, she posed for adverts supporting PETA’s anti-fur marketing campaign.[170][171]

Private life

Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem on the thirty second Goya Awards in 2018

Cruz is married to Spanish actor Javier Bardem. Bardem was her co-star in her breakthrough position as Silvia in Jamón, Jamón (1992), in addition to starring alongside her in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).[172] They had been additionally each within the 2013 movie The Counselor, in addition to in Everyone Is aware of in 2018. Cruz started courting Bardem in 2007 and so they married in early July 2010 in a non-public ceremony at a pal’s house within the Bahamas.[173][174] They’ve a son named Leo Encinas Cruz who was born in January 2011 in Los Angeles,[173] and a daughter named Luna Encinas Cruz who was born in July 2013 in Madrid.[175] She turned an advocate of breastfeeding in public following the start of her kids.[176]

Cruz had a three-year relationship with Tom Cruise after they appeared collectively in Vanilla Sky (2001). The connection led to January 2004.[169][177] In June 2003, Cruz settled a defamation lawsuit in opposition to Australian journal New Concept over an article it revealed about her relationship with Cruise; the publication needed to apologize, pay her authorized prices, and donate AU$5,000 (US$3,200) to her nominated charity.[178]

Recognized to pals as Pe,[12][15] Cruz owns a clothes retailer in Madrid, and designed jewellery and purses along with her youthful sister for a corporation in Japan.[8]

In 2009, Cruz signed a petition that known as for the discharge of filmmaker Roman Polanski throughout his arrest in Switzerland for his 1977 cost for drugging and raping a 13-year-old woman.[179]

Cruz’s agent is Hylda Queally, shared with Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet.[180]

Filmography and accolades

She is thought for her frequent collaborations with Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar beginning with Dwell Flesh in 1997 and in six extra movies: All About My Mom (1999), Volver (2006), Damaged Embraces (2009), I am So Excited! (2013), Ache and Glory (2019), and Parallel Moms (2021). She additionally starred in a range movies usually crossing genres in each impartial movies and Hollywood films comparable to Ted Demme’s Blow, Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky (each 2001), Isabel Coixet’s romantic drama Elegy (2008), Rob Marshall’s musical 9 (2009), and the journey movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Kenneth Branagh’s thriller Homicide on the Orient Categorical (2017), Asghar Farhadi’s drama Everyone Is aware of (2018).

She received the Academy Award for Greatest Supporting Actress for her efficiency in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). She labored with Allen once more in To Rome with Love (2012) She is the primary and solely Spanish actress to each win and be nominated for an Academy Award.[181]

Cruz has been recognised by the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences for the next performances:

  • 79th Academy Awards: Greatest Actress in a Main Position, nomination, for Volver (2006)
  • 81st Academy Awards: Greatest Actress in a Supporting Position, win, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
  • 82nd Academy Awards: Greatest Actress in a Supporting Position, nomination, 9 (2009)
  • 94th Academy Awards: Greatest Actress in a Main Position, nomination, Parallel Moms (2021)

She has additionally obtained two British Academy Movie Award nominations, 4 Golden Globe Award nominations, a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, 5 Display Actors Guild Award nomination, and fourteen Goya Award nominations. In 2006 she obtained the Cannes Movie Competition Award for Greatest Actress for Volver, and in 2021 the Venice Worldwide Movie Competition’s Volpi Cup for Greatest Actress for Parallel Moms. For her efficiency in Vicky Cristina Barcelona she obtained the BAFTA Award for Greatest Actress in a Supporting Position, the Impartial Spirit Award for Greatest Supporting Feminine, and Goya Award for Greatest Supporting Actress.

  • Penélope Cruz at AllMusic
  • Penélope Cruz discography at Discogs
  • Penélope Cruz at AllMovie
  • Penélope Cruz at IMDb
  • Penélope Cruz on the TCM Film Database Edit this at Wikidata

Latest Posts
Jim Bowen
Product categories

Penélope Cruz  
Arsenal begin talks to sign 22-year-old with 9 goals and 11 assists last season *  Croire: Comment allez-vous composer avec le stress, les peurs et les incertitudes qui augmentent sans cesse dans votre… *  Apple releases third developer beta for iOS 17, macOS Sonoma, and more *  *-* Croire: Comment allez-vous composer avec le stress, les peurs et les incertitudes qui augmentent sans cesse dans votre… *  Luna guitars HEN O2 SPR Guitare Folk électro-acoustique *  Liuer 2PCS Mat Tapis Température Adjustable Chauffage Chauffant avec Réglage de la Température Tapis Chauffant pour… *  -*-