Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model. She began her acting career in 1992 with the Spanish film Jamón, jamón, and has since appeared in films in a variety of genres, including the romantic comedies Volver and To Rome with Love, the thriller Broken Embraces, and the biopic Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She has won two Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, one Golden Globe Award, and one Screen Actors Guild Award.
Penelope Cruz has been in the news recently for her work on the upcoming film, “Zoolander 2.” She has also been in the news for her work with the Spanish Red Cross.
Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress and model. She began her acting career in 1992 with the Spanish film Jamón, jamón, and has since appeared in films in a wide range of genres, including the Academy Award-winners All About My Mother (1999) and Volver (2006).
Cruz has also received critical acclaim for her work in the films Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001), Blow (2001), Vanilla Sky (2001), All the Pretty Horses (2000), Gothika (2003), and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Maria Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Spanish Actress And Model- Penelope Cruz
Cruz has modeled for companies such as Mango, Ralph Lauren, and Loewe, and has been the face of L’Oréal Paris since 2007. She has been married to actor Javier Bardem since 2010, with whom she has two children.
Cruz was born in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain, the second child of Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser and personal trainer, and Eduardo Cruz, a retailer and auto mechanic. She has a sister, Mónica Cruz, who is also an actress.
Cruz’s first acting role was in the 1992 Spanish film Jamón, jamón, directed by Bigas Luna, in which she played Silvana, the daughter of an embattled ham producer who falls in love with the son of his main competitor.
The film, which was shot in Spain, was an international success, and Cruz won the Goya Award for Best Newcomer. She subsequently appeared in the films Alegre ma non troppo (1993), Entre Rojas (1994), and Las edades de Lulú (1990).
In 1999, Cruz co-starred in the Academy Award-winning film All About My Mother, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, as Sofia, the daughter of Manuela (played by Cecilia Roth), a nurse who is searching for her son’s father.
Also in 2001, Cruz starred in Vanilla Sky, opposite Tom Cruise. The film, a remake of the 1997 Spanish film Open Your Eyes, is about a man (played by Cruise) who is disfigured in a car accident and uses virtual reality to reconstruct his face.
In 2003, Cruz appeared in Gothika, opposite Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr. The film, a supernatural thriller, was a box office success, grossing over $100 million worldwide.
In 2008, Cruz starred in the Academy Award-winning film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, directed by Woody Allen. She played María Elena, the ex-wife of Javier Bardem’s character, Juan Antonio.