Penelope Cruz, full name Penelope Cruz Sanchez is a Spanish actress and model who started her career through the Spanish movie industry and later transferred her success into Hollywood as well. She is well recognized for her acting talents just as much as for her beauty.
Penelope Cruz’s Biography
Penelope Cruz was born on 28th April 1974, in the town of Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain to father Eduardo Cruz and mother Encarna Sanchez. She was born in a working-class family with her mother working as a hairdresser and personal manager while her father worked as a retailer and car mechanic.
Growing up, she had a sister Monica Cruz and a brother Eduardo Cruz. She also has a paternal half-sister named Salma.
In her young days, Cruz studied ballet for nine years at Spain’s National Conservatory.
Spending three years in Spanish ballet training and four years in theatre at Cristina Rota’s School, she was skilled and disciplined that helped her in the future acting career of hers.
Cruz’s interest in movies started after she was introduced to the film Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Cruz started to do casting calls for the agent but was rejected multiple times as the agent felt that she was very young. However, she kept coming back to the agent and her persistent eventually won the agent and she would help Cruz to guide her to stardom. In 1989, at the age of 15, Cruz won her first audition over 300 other girls.
Cruz is married and her husband is the Spanish actor Javier Bardem. The two have co-starred in movies like Jamon, Jamon as well as Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
The couple began seeing each other in 2007 and got married in July of 2010. They have two children, a son Leo Encinas Cruz and a daughter who is named Luna Encinas Cruz.
In 2015, news of her father Eduardo passing came to the media. Eduardo aged 62 died at his home in Spain from a heart attack.
Cruz is good friends with another one of Hollywood’s favorite actress Salma Hayek. The two share close bonds as friends and even have a nickname to call each other which is huevos meaning egg.
Penelope Cruz Career And Net Worth
Cruz’s career started with a music video which was for the Spanish pop group Mecano’s song La Fuerza del Destino. She has hosted Spanish TV channel Telecinco’s talk show La Quinta Marcha between 1990 and 1991.
Feature Film Debut
Cruz’s first feature film debut was in 1992 for the lead role in the movie Jamon, Jamon. Cruz was 18 during that time. She appeared topless in the movie which made her an overnight sensation and a major sex symbol.
She was nominated for Spanish Actors Union Newcomer Award and a Goya Award for Best Actress for her role in Jamon Jamon.
The year 1992 was also the year where she appeared in the movie Belle Epoque which won Academy Award. She portrayed the character of virginal Luz which would show her versatility as an actor and not limit her to her sex appeal alone.
Cruz did ten Spanish and Italian films from 1993-1996. Cruz went to New York at the age of 20 to study ballet and English in between films at Christopher and Greenwich.
Cruz’s first American film was in the 1998 western movie Hi-Low Country. For her performance of the character Josepha in the movie, she earned a nomination for an ALMA Award for Best actress.
In that year, she also appeared in the movie The Girl of Your Dreams and went to win the Goya Award and Spanish Actors’ Union Award. She also received a nomination for a European Film Awards.
Cruz’s turning point came in the year 2001 when she played a major role in the movies Vanilla Sky and Blow. In Vanilla Sky Cruz played the character of Sofia Serrano who was the love interest of Tom Cruise‘s character.
The movie got mixed reviews but was successful in box office earning $200 million worldwide. She would play with another one of Hollywood’s famous actor Johnny Depp in the movie Blow.
Movies, Awards, Achievements
Since then, Cruz has played a wide variety of movies such as Waking Up in Reno, The Thriller Gothika, Noel, Sahara, Volver, and Nine. Her role in Volver received the critical acclaim and received nominations for Golden Globe and Academy Award. It received a Goya Award and European Film Award.
One of her most well-known movie roles is that of a mentally unstable woman in the movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona as María Elena. For her role in that movie, Cruz received a Goya Award and her first Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She also received a Golden Globe and SAG nomination. Cruz was the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award in that category.
Cruz has appeared in a number of movies and has given some of her best performances as well. Her recent work includes movies such as Loving Pablo, Murder on the Orient Express and Everybody Knows.
She is one of Hollywood’s biggest star and is the first Spanish actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Penelope Cruz is one of Hollywood’s best-paid actress. This Academy Award Winning actress has a house in Los Angeles, California which she purchased in 2005 with the price of $3.18 million. She is also in collaboration with Swarovski Fine Jewelry and has her own designer line of jewelry with them.
For all her success, Cruz does not like to spend her money extravagantly. The net worth of this famous celebrity is $55 million.