Penelope Cruz Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

10th February 2016

Quote: "When you're a ballet dancer, you lose your toe nails. You get used to throwing them away; you don't feel it anymore. That's what I meant. I'm OK with my feet... I think they're normal!" Spanish beauty Penelope Cruz dismisses rumours suggesting she thinks she has ugly feet.

15th January 2016

Quote: "I'm one of those people who's seen the first Zoolander four or five times. I've done comedy in Spain, in my own language, but I've always said I want to do more comedies in English. I do all these intense dramas, and all my characters are always suffering. For many reasons I need to once in a while do a crazy comedy. I said to Ben (Stiller), 'Count on me'." Penelope Cruz was desperate to land a role in the Zoolander sequel. In the new issue of Vogue, the actress strikes a few poses with Stiller's model character, Derek Zoolander, including one in a hotel bedroom, where she pretends to take his photo as he kneels on a bed, clad in black leather and a horse's saddle.

9th October 2015

Quote: "On the way to Spain after the Oscars, the year I won, I was visiting some family and friends on the beach. And I could not believe I won, I could not believe the Oscar was mine! So I took it everywhere with me. To the beach, yes! I wrapped it in a towel! Now it's in my house." Spanish actress Penelope Cruz took her Academy Award to the beach after her 2009 Best Supporting Actress win for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

12th February 2015

Fact: Tom Cruise took time out of filming the latest Mission: Impossible installment in London to have dinner with his former girlfriend Penelope Cruz on Wednesday night (11Feb15). The pair dined at Scott's Restaurant in the Mayfair district with actress Salma Hayek. Cruise and Cruz dated for three years until 2004.

9th May 2014

Fact: Spanish actress Penelope Cruz made an unscheduled appearance on late-night U.S. show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday (08May14) to promote European coffee brand Nespresso. The star, who is the face of the company, forced host Kimmel to sit down and chill out when he realised his staff were taking an extended coffee break, courtesy of the special guest. She treated the comedian to a cup, stating, "You've never tried anything like this before."

18th December 2013

Quote: "I was breastfeeding my son 13 months, and I plan to do the same with my daughter. (Nursing) is addictive. It's hard when the day comes when you have to stop." Actress Penelope Cruz revels in nursing her baby daughter Luna, who was born in July (13).

2nd December 2013

Quote: "I always felt the customers treated my mother more like a psychologist than like a hairdresser. Everybody was always sharing their most intimate problems. It was like acting school for me because all these women were pretending to be someone else." Penelope Cruz on growing up at her mother's hair salon.

23rd November 2012

Quote: "Ten years ago I had a wild, confused phase... Now after two beers... I'm already tipsy. I guess I'm what men would call a cheap date!" Actress Penelope Cruz can no longer hold her alcohol as she grows older.

20th November 2012

Fact: Actress Penelope Cruz has followed in the footsteps of George Clooney to become the latest face of luxury coffee brand Nespresso. The Oscar winner will star in the drink company's latest U.S. and Canadian Tv advertising campaign.

19th September 2012

Quote: "She's very sexy - obviously! She's definitely my girl crush." Actress Leighton Meester can't take her eyes off Spanish beauty Penelope Cruz.

31st August 2012

Quote: "I don't like dying (on film). I die in Don't Move, and I can't really look at it because it reminds me of my grandmother when she was very old." Oscar winner Penelope Cruz prefers her characters to have a happier ending.

29th August 2012

Quote: "When I was 16, I got Jamon Jamon. Of course, I had to lie about my age. And I had to lie to my parents about the content of the script." Actress Penelope Cruz pretended to be older than she was to land the starring role in the sexually-charged Spanish comedy drama, in which she appeared alongside her future husband Javier Bardem.

24th June 2012

Quote: "I would love to work with (Allen) 20 times. I'm fascinated by his personality. Even a day of press, which is not my favourite part of this job, he makes it so interesting and so fun." Spanish actress Penelope Cruz hopes to be cast in another Woody Allen movie after starring in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and To Rome With Love.

15th June 2012

Quote: "I love her... She's the reason why I wanted to become an actress... I think she's the best actress ever." Penelope Cruz is a big fan of fellow Oscar winner Meryl Streep.

15th June 2012

Quote: "He takes a nap in the most strange positions... and I love taking pictures of him." Penelope Cruz enjoys taking photos of a snoozing Woody Allen, her Vicky Cristina Barcelona and To Rome With Love director.

11th April 2012

Quote: "(I'm) happier in my 30s than I was in my 20s. (But I'm) a worrier. I am living for every day and trying to have less fear, less worry. But I have always worried about everything; it's in my nature. It's the thing that makes me suffer the most." Spanish beauty Penelope Cruz struggles to completely relax.

11th April 2012

Quote: "I talk about him all day long, even to strangers in the street; it is my favourite subject!" Penelope Cruz can't stop gushing about the joys of motherhood. The actress gave birth to little Leo, her first child with husband Javier Bardem, in January, 2011.

10th April 2012

Quote: "As soon as she got to the set, I had to sit topless on top of her. It was the most interesting love scene I've ever done." Penelope Cruz on posing topless with her acting idol Meryl Streep for a sexy magazine photoshoot.

27th July 2011

Fact: Actress Eva Longoria has been bonding with her boyfriend Eduardo Cruz's little nephew Leo - the couple is on vacation with his famous sister Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem in Costa Brava, Spain.

25th May 2011

Quote: "She's invented something that feels very fresh." Oscar winner Penelope Cruz is a big fan of pop superstar Lady GaGa.

25th May 2011

Quote: "It is great to see somebody who you think deserves it get everything she has ever dreamed of. It's magical. It gives you hope." Salma Hayek is delighted to see her best friend and fellow actress Penelope Cruz revel in motherhood and marriage as her career continues to soar.

23rd May 2011

Quote: "I've gone to karaoke bars in almost every city I have been to. Every time I am on a movie location, we find a karaoke bar and take the crew." Oscar winner Penelope Cruz loves to let her hair down by belting out pop classics.

23rd May 2011

Quote: "I was very lonely. I would find cats in the street and take them with me. I raised a lot of cats in that period." Actress Penelope Cruz befriended local stray cats when she first moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Hollywood.

19th May 2011

Quote: "Penelope taught me the raunchiest Spanish! It's so foul I couldn't bring myself to repeat it." Johnny Depp picked up a few naughty phrases from Spanish beauty Penelope Cruz while shooting Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

10th May 2011

Quote: "They were very caring. It was funny to be dressed as a tough pirate but being treated with delicacy by everybody. I had to learn to sword fight, too. I'd trained for two months before we started shooting." Penelope Cruz told the cast and crew of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides she was expecting a baby as soon as she learned she was pregnant. She gave birth to a son in January (11).

10th May 2011

Quote: "When I first came to America I only knew two phrases in English. One was, 'How are you?' and the other was, 'I want to work with Johnny Depp.' Then after I worked with him on Blow, I learned how to say, 'I want to work with Johnny Depp again!' He's very addictive and he just gets better and better over the years." Penelope Cruz was delighted to team up with the actor in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

10th May 2011

Quote: "I love the festival. To go around the streets there, it feels a little bit like being inside a Fellini movie. I always say that, but it really feels like that. But it's a beautiful celebration of cinema and embracing of film." Penelope Cruz is looking forward to attending the Cannes Film Festival in France, which kicks off on Wednesday (11May11).

10th May 2011

Quote: "I love ballet and I love dancing and it's a little boring for me to go to the gym because I'm used to the dancing discipline - it's really hard but much more fun." Actress Penelope Cruz dances to keep fit.

18th April 2011

Fact: Pop singer Prince brought a pair of superstar fans on stage with him at a show in Los Angeles last week (ends17Apr11) - Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem were seen dancing with the Purple Rain hitmaker during his gig at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

16th April 2011

Quote: "It's actually the only thing I watch on television." Penelope Cruz is a big fan of Glee.

25th March 2011

Quote: "I like rapping at karaoke. But I only know one song, Eminem, 'Two trailer park girls go round the outside...' I'm one of those people that do it by themselves when they are alone at home. And I'm not embarrassed to say it." Karaoke brings out the inner hip-hop star in actress Penelope Cruz.

6th January 2011

Quote: "The funny thing was trying to control the 50 men who have to follow Angelica's orders! I am so tiny and had to be in control and giving them orders." Penelope Cruz barked orders to play swashbuckling ANGELICA BLACKBEARD in Pirates Of The Caribbean: ON STRANGER TIDES.

8th October 2010

Quote: "I like women who can enjoy food. An appreciation for food is important. I saw Penelope Cruz at the Academy Awards and she was really savouring the food at the party, eating chocolate and walking around barefoot! She was so cool and laid-back." Spanish stunner PENELOPE CRUZ caught Zac Efron's eye.

22nd July 2010

Quote: "I had the great opportunity to meet Brad a couple of times... what a beauty. And that body is like - wow. He really made me feel... like I could fall in love with him! Like a teenage girl getting crazy." Penelope Cruz's new husband Javier Bardem has a man crush on fellow Hollywood star Brad Pitt.

19th July 2010

Quote: "He's a really good person whose only intention is really to help others. I think he's been treated in a way sometimes that has been a little unfair." Actress Penelope Cruz defends on her former lover Tom Cruise from critics.

18th June 2010

Fact: Penelope Cruz, WILL.I.AM, The Muppets and Gwyneth Paltrow will all unveil stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year (11), according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce's newly-released calendar. Oprah Winfrey, Donald Sutherland, Reese Witherspoon, Latino supergroup Los Tigres Del Norte and Melissa Etheridge will also be among the class of 2011.

19th April 2010

Fact: A group of Hollywood's leading ladies including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Penelope Cruz, Meryl Streep and Naomi Watts have teamed up to share the cover of France's Vogue magazine. All six stars are seen in the photoshoot for Vogue Paris' May (10) issue.

4th March 2010

Quote: "I know that for sure I will not win... I won last year so I don't even want to want to win because I was feeling so greedy." Penelope Cruz is convinced she won't be a double winner at the Oscars on Sunday (07Mar10).

2nd February 2010

Quote: "I am completely surprised and elated. (Director) Rob Marshall is not only a genius but an absolute joy to work with. I woke up every morning excited to collaborate with this amazingly talented group of actors. Filming this movie was such a special experience and to be nominated for this role makes me so happy." Penelope Cruz is looking forward to the 82nd Annual Academy Awards next month (07Mar10) after receiving a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her song and dance role in movie musical NINE.

18th January 2010

Quote: "(We had) long dinners. We went to a Madonna concert one time." Penelope Cruz on how the ladies of NINE spent their free time.

18th January 2010

Quote: "I'm not like Puff Daddy, I hold my own umbrella." Penelope Cruz comes prepared to the Golden Globes.

19th December 2009

Fact: Penelope Cruz based her NINE character CARLA on animated cat the Pink Panther.

17th December 2009

Quote: "I love karaoke. I do a lot of Eminem and rap. I know it doesn't fit me, because everybody laughs when I say that, but I do love rap." Penelope Cruz is a karaoke queen.

11th December 2009

Quote: "My favourite Radiohead period has to be Kid A. Especially the song Everything in Its Right Place. It doesn't sound very happy. That song scared me so much when I first heard it. I became obsessed with it." Spanish actress Penelope Cruz is a massive fan of British rockers RADIOHEAD.

10th December 2009

Fact: Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz swapped stories about Tom Cruise over lunch in Brentwood, California on Wednesday (09Dec09). The movie star's ex-wife and ex-lover met for a bite at the Tavern before the Los Angeles screening of their new movie musical Nine.

8th December 2009

Quote: "She was very sweet to me. She always wanted me to eat more because she was worried I was too thin." Penelope Cruz on her NINE co-star Sophia Loren.

28th November 2009

Quote: "He loved it. Funnily, I could see him look at Penelope and I could see in his eyes that he recognised what a beautiful woman she is." Kate Hudson's son RYDER developed a crush on her NINE co-star Penelope Cruz.

25th November 2009

Fact: Penelope Cruz knows her celebrity lips - the Spanish actress went five for five during a TV game to name the stars she has kissed behind the lips on chat show Ellen on Tuesday (24Nov09). The photos she was shown included the lips of ex-boyfriends and former co-stars Tom Cruise and Matthew MCConaughey and her pal Scarlett Johansson, who Cruz smooched with in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

25th November 2009

Quote: "I don't play myself; I play a banker... They really don't want me to say anything about what goes on in that scene; it's a scene with Carrie and Mr. Big." Penelope Cruz has been sworn to secrecy about her role in the upcoming SEX & The City movie sequel.

18th November 2009

Quote: "(It's) just a cameo. I'm a fan of the show and Sarah Jessica Parker, so I showed up for half a day." Oscar winner Penelope Cruz jumped at the chance to feature in the forthcoming Sex And The City movie sequel.

18th November 2009

Quote: "I make movies in French, Italian, Spanish and English, and I don't speak any one of them (well)... I just know enough to work in those languages." Spanish actress Penelope Cruz plays down her multi-lingual film career.

18th November 2009

Quote: "One thing I don't do, I don't lie about my personal life. It's sacred to me. It's my life. But I don't give details about it because I am allergic to that." Penelope Cruz refuses to confirm or deny reports she is engaged to actor Javier Bardem during a grilling from talk show host David Letterman.

13th November 2009

Quote: "The truth is, it was very hard... and we trained for many, many months. The first time I saw them (choreographers) do the choreography, I thought that I would never get (be able) to do it." Penelope Cruz on the gruelling preparation for her role in upcoming movie musical NINE.

13th November 2009

Quote: "I did have a vague memory of Jack Nicholson appearing out of a corner, taking my Oscar, and dancing with it. I remember it strangely." Penelope Cruz recalls her bizarre memories from February's (09) Academy Awards, where she became the first Spanish-born actress to take home the Oscar - for her supporting role in VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA.

13th November 2009

Quote: "I've been to Tokyo a couple of times. I learned a little speech once in Japanese and I said it on a talk show, but it's really like being on Mars. I really love Japan and the people are really nice and really polite but it's really like going to another planet." Spanish-born actress Penelope Cruz on her bizarre experiences on foreign talk shows.

9th November 2009

Quote: "She does some rope work in one number... and she didn't want to wear gloves, so she was developing calluses and then they were bleeding. Daniel Day-Lewis called her a warrior, and she really is." Director Rob Marshall was amazed with NINE star Penelope Cruz's work ethic on the set of the musical.

8th November 2009

Quote: "She auditioned for the role... She sent us a video, a scene where she wears only a sheet. Very sexy. No one looks better in a sheet than Penelope Cruz." Moviemaker Rob Marshall on how the Spanish stunner won the role of Carla in the musical Nine.

6th November 2009

Quote: "We had an excuse to eat so we'd have very long dinners together." Penelope Cruz reveals how she and Fergie piled on the pounds for their roles in new musical NINE.

14th October 2009

Fact: Actress Penelope Cruz has filmed a cameo appearance for the Sex And The City sequel - playing herself on the red carpet. Teen sensation Miley Cyrus will also film a guest spot later this week (ends18Oct09).

29th September 2009

Quote: "I don't like to look at Penelope directly. It is too overwhelming." Filmmaker Woody Allen on VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA actress Penelope Cruz' beauty.

21st August 2009

Quote: "You get used to looking at yourself. I make sure I am a piece of clay and give whatever that character needs inside and outside. I have a physique that can change and transform. I am never concerned if I have to look bad. I don't care if I look good." Penelope Cruz is bored of talking about her good looks.

9th July 2009

Quote: "I hide in the bathroom with my BlackBerry. My family always check to see where my BlackBerry is and take it away from me. They get angry with me and my friends do, too - they don't let me take it to dinner." Penelope Cruz is rarely without her mobile phone.

17th June 2009

Quote: "We were eating our brains out. We ordered everything fried and full of fat and salty." Fergie and her NINE co-star Penelope Cruz enjoyed piling on the pounds for their roles in the upcoming musical.

17th June 2009

Quote: "I even took it to the beach one day because I was so excited." Actress Penelope Cruz refuses to let her Oscar statuette out of her sight.

21st May 2009

Quote: "Those eyes, her neck, her shoulders, her breasts! PENELOPE has got one of the most spectacular cleavages in world cinema. Looking at her has been one of the great pleasure of the shoot." Openly gay director Pedro Almodovar appreciated Penelope Cruz's beauty while they were making new movie BROKEN EMBRACES.

24th February 2009

Fact: Penelope Cruz's sisters willed the actress to win her first Oscar on Sunday (22Feb09) by scribbling the letter 'P' on their foreheads.

23rd February 2009

Quote: "A threesome wouldn't be right for me but I know people like that who live extreme lifestyles. I don't judge them. I just play them." Actress Penelope Cruz on her role as a woman with two lovers in Woody Allen film VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA.

23rd February 2009

Quote: "Has anybody ever fainted here? I might be the first one." Penelope Cruz as she collected her Best Supporting Actor Oscar for VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA.

23rd February 2009

Quote: "Has anybody ever fainted here? I might be the first one." Penelope Cruz as she collected her Best Supporting Actor Oscar for VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA.

22nd February 2009

Fact: Penelope Cruz is only the second actress to land Oscar nominations for speaking in two different languages - Spanish in Volver and English and Spanish in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. The only other actress to achieve such a feat is Ingrid Bergman, who spoke Swedish in Autumn Sonata and English in six other nominated roles.

16th February 2009

Quote: "Whatever happens, I will probably have a few beers - and I don't drink!" Penelope Cruz plans to celebrate at the Oscars.

10th February 2009

Quote: "I just saw Penelope Cruz in ELEGY. No one who looks like that should also be an extraordinary actress. I was so blown away by her in that film, I wanted to write a note to applaud her." Actress Sandra Bullock is a big fan of the Spanish beauty.

9th February 2009

Quote: "I was called Antelope as a girl. People used to make fun of my name and I used to be called Antelope!" Penelope Cruz reveals her childhood nickname.

6th February 2009

Quote: "I was a little worried about being accepted into the 'cool gang'. Luckily I got on very well with them all." British actress Rebecca Hall was wary of working alongside Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem in Woody Allen's VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA.

5th February 2009

Quote: "I'm always drawn to play people who suffer because I feel more for them. It doesn't matter if I like them or not, as long as I feel something strong for the character. Then I want to get into their heads; into their souls." Penelope Cruz likes to opt for Hollywood's grittier roles.

4th February 2009

Quote: "I like Guinness. I drink it from the bottle. But with one I am drunk." Penelope Cruz admits she is a lightweight when it comes to booze.

4th February 2009

Quote: "But I'll tell you, the day we did that scene the set was crowded. I think it was supposed to be a closed set, but these guys made a lot of excuses to be there..." Penelope Cruz found it bizarre that male crew members on VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA hung around to see her kiss co-star SCARLETT JOHNASSON.

30th January 2009

Quote: "I always wake up angry." Spanish beauty Penelope Cruz isn't a fan of her homeland's tradition of taking an afternoon siesta.

30th January 2009

Quote: "He has a great lack of social veneer, and you see so little of that sometimes in places like L.A. He speaks only when he has something to say and is really honest." Penelope Cruz finds Woody Allen's no-nonsense attitude refreshing.

30th January 2009

Quote: "I don't think anybody would want them - not even if I gave them away for free. You'll have nightmares, my paintings will make you ill." Penelope Cruz doesn't rate her skills as an artist.

28th January 2009

Quote: "It's fantastic. I am very excited by her second nomination. I hope she wins." Tom Cruise is rooting for his ex-girlfriend Penelope Cruz at the upcoming Oscars. Cruz is nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in Woody Allen's VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA.

26th January 2009

Quote: "I've seen it three times and I'd love to see it again." Penelope Cruz is a big fan of her Woody Allen film VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA.

23rd January 2009

Quote: "It was very scary because I had not danced in, like, 14 years, and I've never sang before in my life. I had to train for many, many months, but it was incredible." Penelope Cruz on her performance in new musical NINE.

21st January 2009

Quote: "I've admired her for so long that the first day we met I burst in to tears. On the last day of the film, I also burst in to tears because it was so hard to say goodbye." Penelope Cruz on her NINE co-star, Hollywood legend Sophia Loren.

21st December 2008

Quote: "SOPHIA has been amazing, I have learned so much from her and she has been like a mother to me. We have all been getting on so well." Penelope Cruz on her NINE co-star, Hollywood legend Sophia Loren.

10th November 2008

Quote: "Everyone's been talking about this kiss between me and Scarlett, but, on the day, all the attention was on Woody and the stain on his hand. Even when we resumed filming he was still looking at it." Penelope Cruz reveals director Woody Allen's skin complaint overshadowed her sexy scene with Scarlett Johansson in VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA.

14th October 2008

Fact: Penelope Cruz is to be named the Outstanding Performer of The Year at the 24th Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California on 31 January (08).

20th August 2008

Quote: "All my life, since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to have children. Adoption is something I have thought about, but I still have time." Spanish actress Penelope Cruz is looking forward to starting a family.

14th August 2008

Quote: "I don't think I am beautiful. I can look good and I can look ugly." Penelope Cruz is just like the rest of us.

11th August 2008

Quote: "The set was very crowded that day and I'm not sure everyone had a reason to be there." Penelope Cruz on the day she shot her VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA kissing scene with Scarlett Johansson.

11th August 2008

Quote: "Life is good… In the movies, sometimes you are forced to kiss beautiful women... but have to say that in the sex scenes, it was the first time that I really hated Woody Allen's 'just one take' policy." Spanish actor Javier Bardem was hoping for a re-shoot with his VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA co-stars Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson.

7th August 2008

Quote: "I had to wake up at six in the morning - not because I wanted to see it (the Running of the Bulls), but because I was afraid about them (my family) getting killed... Some people love it... then they go back and just keep drinking." Spanish actress Penelope Cruz on her experience as a young girl attending her native country's long-held tradition, the Running of the Bulls.

6th August 2008

Quote: "Those are the most absurd days because everybody's pretending to be very relaxed, but everybody's quite tense... pretending like nothing's going on... If you ever work with (director) Woody Allen, there's no rehearsals so you just have to jump off the cliff." Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem on filming steamy love scenes with co-stars Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson on their forthcoming film VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA.

6th August 2008

Quote: "I was very excited to meet him because I've seen all of his movies and I'm a huge admirer of his work... We think he's the funniest guy in the world." Penelope Cruz on working with her moviemaking hero Woody Allen, who directed her new film VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA.

17th July 2008

Quote: "She's beautiful in a way you can't quite understand." Woody Allen on his latest muse, Penelope Cruz.

28th December 2007

Fact: Woody Allen gifted Spanish star Penelope Cruz with a pair of his own spectacles after wrapping their new film VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA. Cruz confessed she liked the look of the movie director's classic glasses while they were shooting.

29th November 2007

Quote: "I try to remain friendly with my exes. Absolutely. If it's possible. I mean, if they're not completely psychotic." Actor Josh Hartnett, who is rumoured to be dating R+B star Rihanna, on his previous girlfriends, which include supermodel Helena Christensen, actress Penelope Cruz and BLACK DAHLIA co-star SCARLETT JOHANSSON.

30th August 2007

Fact: Penelope Cruz spent over $1,000 (GBP500) on baby clothes and accessories for her heavily-pregnant pal Salma Hayek's baby shower party on 25 August (07).

17th July 2007

Fact: Penelope Cruz launched her new clothing line in her native Spain on Monday (16Jul07). The actress and her sister MONICA have created a casual wear line for Spanish design house Mango.

15th April 2007

Quote: "I didn't like it immediately, but now it's good. I've got a circle of dear friends; I love my house and my little dog Vino." Spanish actress Penelope Cruz admits life in Los Angeles took a bit of getting used to.

3rd March 2007

Quote: "I am not a drinker - half a glass of wine and I am already uh-oh!" Movie star Penelope Cruz cannot handle alcohol.

26th February 2007

Quote: "I'm probably gonna hit an In N Out (Los Angeles burger diner)." Penelope Cruz has low-maintenance post-Oscars plans.

21st February 2007

Quote: "I was 19, and I spoke very little English. The only thing I knew how to say was, 'I want to make a movie with Johnny Depp.'" Penelope Cruz recalls her early acting ambition wasn't hindered by language barriers.

12th February 2007

Fact: Movie star Orlando Bloom has reportedly bought 'girlfriend' Penelope Cruz a pair of pearl and diamond earrings for good luck as the Spanish actress prepares for the Oscars, where she'll compete for a Best Actress honour.

29th January 2007

Fact: Penelope Cruz celebrated her Oscar nomination at Los Angeles' Il Sole restaurant with best pal Salma Hayek and Mia Maestro last Tuesday (23JAN07).

24th January 2007

Quote: "We both got nominated, so remember that's a clue for actresses in the future." DAME Helen Mirren insists it's no coincidence she and Penelope Cruz both wore prosthetics bottoms in the movies for which they received Oscar nominations yesterday (23JAN07).

21st November 2006

Quote: "I just talked to him last week before they left. He's one of my closest friends; he's somebody very important in my life... He has a huge heart and she's a wonderful woman... I love that family." Penelope Cruz has nothing but good things to say about ex-boyfriend Tom Cruise and his new bride KATIE HOLMES.

21st November 2006

Quote: "Instead of bringing wine, she bought crickets... They looked disgusting... Then she left them in my house. They're probably still there just turning green." Penelope Cruz is disgusted by pal Salma Hayek's penchant for eating crickets, a Mexican delicacy.

21st November 2006

Fact: Penelope Cruz's talented brother EDUARDO has just released his first CD, titled COSAS QUE CONTAR.

18th November 2006

Fact: Newly-single Hilary Swank stripped off to her socks for a provocative new photo shoot for next year's (07) Pirelli calendar. The racy calendar also features Penelope Cruz wearing nothing but a babydoll dress and saucy black lingerie, Naomi Watts and ageless beauty SOPHIA LOREN.

18th November 2006

Fact: Tom Cruise's ex-girlfriend Penelope Cruz sent the movie star and his bride-to-be KATIE HOLMES 200 white roses yesterday (17NOV06) as a good luck gift prior to their wedding in Italy, which will take place later today (18NOV06).

10th November 2006

Quote: "I have a little bit of an addiction to work. So I'm always hiding in the bathroom with my Blackberry to work when I'm on a holiday." Penelope Cruz finds it hard to relax.

21st September 2006

Quote: "It really helped me get more into the character, especially when walking or sitting down. I was very fond of it." Penelope Cruz recalls the fake bottom she used to enhance her character, RAIMUNDA, in new movie VOLVER.

3rd January 2006

Fact: <p>Enterprising actress Penelope Cruz is keen to become a retail queen in 2006 - she owns a clothing store in her native Madrid, Spain, and is designing a new line of jewellery with her sister Monica for a Japanese company. </p>

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