Penélope Cruz Sánchez (born April 28, 1974) is a Spanish actress and model. Signed by an agent at age 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón, jamón (1992), to critical acclaim. Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), The Girl of Your Dreams (2000) and Woman on Top (2000). Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in the 2001 films Vanilla Sky and Blow.
I love the Italian culture, it's a beautiful culture. I love the language, the Italian people, their music, their attitudes...I just love it! Sometimes I think I'm an Italian trapped in a Spanish woman's body.
I like roles that people don't recognize me in.
When I start a movie, the first day, I feel like a duck.
|Full Name at Birth||Penélope Cruz Sánchez|
|Date of Birth||April 28, 1974|
|Birthplace||Alcobendas, Community of Madrid|
|Height||5' 4" (163 cm)|
|Weight||118 lbs (53.5 kg)|
|Eye Color||Brown - Dark|
|Hair Color||Brown - Dark|
|University||Conservatorio Nacional (9 years classic ballet)Spanish ballet (3 years)Jazz Dance Course|
|Claim to Fame||Woman On Top, Vanilla Sky, Volver and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.|
|Brand Endorsements||Lancôme (Trésor fragrance) |
|Shoe Size||6 1/2|
|Father||Eduardo Cruz (auto mechanic)|
|Mother||Encarna Sánchez (hairdresser)|
|Brother(s)||Eduardo Cruz (musician)|
|Sister(s)||Monica Cruz (dancer)|
|Other Family Members||Leonardo Encinas Cruz (son)|
|Friends||Goya Toledo (actress), Salma Hayek (actress), John Galliano (fashion designer), Alicia Silverstone, Nicole Kidman, Katie Holmes|
|Favorite People||Tiffani ThiessenKate Beckinsale|
|Favorite Colors||Green, Brown|