The Dream Life of Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz excerpts from the interview by Jason Gay  in June’s American Vogue:

On making Pirates of the Caribbean 3 with Johnny Depp:  “I came to Los Angeles for the first time in 1994,” Cruz begins. “I only knew how to say two things. One was ‘How are you?’ The other was ‘I want to work with Johnny Depp.’ ”

On Driving: “I only drive in movies,” she says, laughing. “I know that’s very weird to hear for an American. I have a weird relationship with it. I know how to drive, but I never went to take the test.”

On working with Almodóvar:  “He said, ‘I am going to write you a character that fits you like a glove,’ ” she recalls. “Then he did, for Live Flesh. I played a whore giving birth in a bus.”

On winning the Oscar for her character Maria Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona: “I grew up in a place called Alcobendas, where this was not a very realistic dream,” she said from the stage as her mom got misty.

On what she did after she won the Oscar: “We had something more important to do,” Cruz says, smiling. “We had to go home to the baby.”

On being Angelica, a pirate, in Pirates of the Caribbean 3: “I was pregnant and a pirate,” Cruz says. “A beautiful experience.”

On being cast in Pirates of the Caribbean, a departure from her usual intimate Almodóvar film: “I said, ‘Are you crazy? I would love to do that with you and Johnny,’ ” she recalls.

Look forward to seeing her in a new Woody Allen film , of course a complete mystery right now, as all his projects are. It starts filming in Rome this summer.

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