Penelope Cruz has transformed into a blonde bombshell for her role in the upcoming drama LOS ABRAZOS ROTOS.
Director Pedro Almodovar was determined to do away with the Spanish actress' trademark dark and dishevelled hairstyle for the film after seeing it was the look she wore in Woody Allen's comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
He opted instead for a sleek platinum blonde wig - and even managed to convince Cruz to squeeze into a red latex minidress and fishnet tights to complete her dramatic metamorphosis.
Almodovar explains, "Before beginning the tests for my film I had already decided to avoid the dishevelled styles, inspired by Sophia Loren, which suit Penelope so well. After seeing the photo from Vicky Cristina Barcelona, I was even more convinced about my decision.
"I want to try not to repeat hairstyles that Penelope has worn in other films. I really enjoy reinventing her, discovering the number of characters that reside within our beautiful and versatile leading lady."