Penelope Cruz

BATD ON Jun 02, 2009 AT 3:55 pm

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

Spanish beauty, Penelope Cruz, is one of Hollywood’s most intriguing actresses today.  Not one to shy away from a challenge, Cruz has amazed us with her ability to make the crossover from Spanish to English films and in the case of Vicky Christina Barcelona” (2008), mixing the two!

The multilingual star (she has also mastered French and Italian!) grew up in Madrid, Spain and began performing at a very young age. Cruz spent twelve years studying ballet, at the National Conservatory in Spain and under a number of distinguished dancers.  Yet, a 15 year old Cruz decided to abandon her love for dancing in order to focus on a new interest: acting!  She went on to appear in a number of Spanish films: “Belle Epoque” (1992), “Abre Los Ojos” (1997), and “Todo Sobre Mi Madre” (1999).  In 2000, Cruz made her American film debut with “All The Pretty Horses” in which she played Matt Damon’s love interest, “Alejandra”.

It was here that Cruz began to find herself costarring with a number of handsome actors.  The streak includes “Vanilla Sky” (2001) with Tom Cruise, “Blow” (2001) with Johnny Depp, and “Sahara” (2005) with Matthew McConaugheyCruz went on to date Tom Cruise for three years (their relationship ended in 2004) and Matthew McConaughey for one year, ending in 2006.  Putting looks and love aside, Cruz received huge critical success for her starring role in 2006’s “Volver”.  With this film, she became the first Spanish actress to be nominated in the Academy’s prestigious Best Actress category.

Modelling for Mango with Sister

Modelling for Mango with Sister

Recently, Cruz has been recognized once again for her role in Woody Allen’s 2008 comedy “Vicky Christina Barcelona”.  Her performance, as the wacky and eccentric ex-wife of artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), has translated into an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress.  In addition to professional victory, Cruz found love on the set and has been dating actor Javier Bardem since 2007.  Keep your fingers crossed for the potential nuptials of these Latin lovers!

Besides spending quite a bit of time dating her costars, Cruz has found herself in the media’s spotlight for many other reasons.  She is frequently photographed out and about with best friend Salma Hayek; she graces our television screens and billboards as the face of L’Oreal cosmetics; and she has started her own “Mango” fashion line with Spanish soap opera star and sister, Monica.  I don’t know about you, but I’m dying to steal some of Cruz’s stunning red carpet styleL’Oreal and Mango, here I come!

Vicky Christina Barcelona

Vicky Christina Barcelona

Look out for Cruz’s upcoming musical drama “Nine”, set for release Christmas Day 2009.  Playing Daniel Day-Lewis’s enticing mistress, she shares the screen with other leading ladies including Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, and Sophia Loren. Talk about a star-studded line-up! From the director of 2002′s hit Chicago, this film should allow Cruz a little Yes, this smouldering Spanish senorita has come a long way.

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