With her new film To Rome With Love coming out soon Penelope Cruz is in the center of media attention. She gives interviews, appears at different events speaking about the movie and also features fashion magazines. She is the covergirl of W magazine September 2012 issue, for example, and she looks totally stunning posing for the black-and-white photos inside the edition.
Penelope Cruz, who looks gorgeous and fierce on the front page of W magazine, seems like a different woman in the artful photoshoot inside the issue. She looks elegant and sophisticated with a black cloche hat and a pearl necklace on. But she appears as an irresistible temptress on the other image where she wears a sexy strapless dress and has her hair on one side. And she looks totally ethereal with her face hiding in leaves and body depicted covered in clouds.
In the interview for W Magazine September 2012 issue Penelope Cruz talks about how hard it can be to play characters who don’t speak your native language, about her first audition and filming death and sex scenes. Here are the highlights from the interview:
Penelope Cruz on her first audition: “Yes, 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.”
Penelope Cruz 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.”
Penelope Cruz on filming death and 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.”
Penelope Cruz 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.”
- she looks ethereal