"The most difficult thing in the world is to start a career known only for your looks, and then to try to become a serious actress. No one will take you seriously once you are known as the pretty woman."
Audiences take Penelope seriously and love her. Her penetrating eyes seems to whisper in your ear...
"The most important lesson I've learned in this business is how
to say no. I have said no to a lot of temptations, and I am glad I
Penelope Cruz trained in classical ballet for nine years at the National Conservatory in Madrid, Spain and later spent four years under the direction of Cristina Rota (theatrical) and three years learning Spanish ballet from Ángela Garrido.
Although Penelope does not hold a high school diploma, her dance
and theatre training remains impressive.
Penelope was hailed the "Leading Lady" of Spanish cinema due to her hard work and dedication, raking in several films a year, and several prestigious awards. Her popularity also grew internationally.
In 2001 she starred with Johnny Depp in the well-received movie Blow. Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) found her standing beside leading man Nicolas Cage. Other films include Sin noticias de Dios (2001), and Vanilla Sky (2001) starring Tom Cruise, whom she dated for several years.
Masked and Anonymous (2003), found her starring with Bob Dylan and Jeff Bridges while Fanfan la tulipe (2003) placed her beside swashbuckling Vincent Perez. Penelope played Chloe Sava in Gothika (2003), Italia in Non ti muovere (2004), Nina in Noel (2004), and Mia in Head in the Clouds (2004).
She is cast to star alongside Matthew McConaughey in Sahara (2005), Ben Chaplin in Chromophobia (2005), and Salma Hayek in Bandidas (2005).
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