Reading - An Interview with Penelope Cruz

Icono de iDevice An Interview with Penelope Cruz

Read the interview and decide which question corresponds to each gap.


A. Were you always interested in becoming an actress?

B. It’s beautiful that your obsession with Almodóvar’s movies turned into what it has become. Broken Embraces is your fourth collaboration with him?

C. What kinds of movies did you watch?

D. So you would describe humans to the extraterrestrials as mysterious and complex...

E. I think one of the main things about being an actor is trying to understand people. So let’s start by talking about this for a moment. Imagine that you meet some extraterrestrials. How would you describe humankind to them?

F. What was the first movie you ever saw?

The last year and a half has been a transformative time for Penélope Cruz. Her comical performance in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) granted her an Academy Award. She completed her fourth film with Pedro Almodóvar, Broken Embraces, and joined the cast of the musical Nine. But perhaps most significantly, the 35-year-old Cruz has both reestablished and reinvented herself as an actress.



PENÉLOPE CRUZ: That question actually brings me to the reason why I decided to become an actress, which is my constant curiosity about the endless mysteries of human behaviour. Because we are dealing with the beauty and complexity of human confusion, no? And we are always trying to get answers.


CRUZ: Well, they would never be bored studying us, that’s for sure.


CRUZ: I think since I was around four years old. I remember playing with some friends and being aware that I was acting as I was playing with them—I would think of a character and pretend to be someone else. My parents also took me to ballet school, and there I think I was able to start communicating those feelings or emotions—I danced for so many years. And then, when I was 10 or 11, I became a very big fan of movies.


CRUZ: I don’t remember the first one, but I remember that my father bought a huge Betamax machine, and that was very rare in our neighborhood at the time. We didn’t have a theater nearby, but with the Betamax machine, I would go and rent these huge tapes that were bigger than me, and I would watch them over and over again. So my first relationship with cinema wasn’t going to see the movies at the theater—it was this machine.


CRUZ: A lot of Pedro Almodóvar’s movies, actually—I got obsessed with him at an early age. I watched every one of his movies on the Betamax. It wasn’t until he released Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! [1990] that I finally saw one of his movies in a theater. I remember I had to take the bus and the metro to get there. I went alone and lied about my age because I was not 16 yet, and that’s how old you had to be to go. After I saw the movie, I took a walk by myself around Madrid. That was the day that I decided that I would at least try to get an agent and be an actress.


CRUZ: Yes, it’s our fourth movie together. I can’t believe it either. It’s been an amazing thing, my adventure with him.

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