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Leave it to the stunning Penelope Cruz to heat up the August box office in a pair of very sexy roles. In Elegy, she’s a young college student who has a passionate affair with an older professor played by Ben Kingsley. And In Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Penelope is one of three women entangled in relationships with an artist played by Javier Bardem.
While Woody keeps the heavy-breathing scenes to a minimum, Cruz does lock lips with Scarlett Johansson, and there doesn’t seem to be much doubt that she’s doing the same in real-life with co-star Bardem. But Penelope isn’t confirming that he’s the latest of her off-screen leading men.
Q: Do you laugh a lot when Woody is directing you to be funny?
A: Actually, he made all of us forget that we were doing a comedy. Everyone was taking things very seriously, and my character suffers a lot. I felt like I was doing the most serious drama until I saw the movie with an audience in Cannes. I was like, ‘What are they laughing about?’ And then I went, ‘Of course, Woody is such a genius.’
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Penélope Cruz at the screening of Elegy in New York City on August 5, 2008. Penélope kept it simple in vintage Chanel Couture, channelling the gothic with a strapless, floor-length, black dress and tailored jacket. A cocktail ring on her index finger added a touch of sparkle, while the detailing on her jacket lifted what could otherwise have been a heavy look.
Penélope Cruz at the Vicky Cristina Barcelona Special Screening in New York City on August 6, 2008. She is pictured with Javier Bardem, Harvey Weinstein and Patricia Clarkson.
Ay dios mio!
Hot on the heels of her first best-actress Oscar nomination, Spain’s Penelope Cruz is basking in some very sweet reviews for playing a stormy artist in Woody Allen’s dramedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona and a composed college student involved with her ambivalent professor in the drama Elegy.
And yet, she can’t sit through a single interview or stroll down a red carpet without the same question cropping up: What was it like kissing her Vicky Cristina co-star Scarlett Johansson?
“Always,” Cruz says with a sigh, raising her eyebrows, of inquiries about a quick yet potent scene that’s pivotal to the film. “Maybe if I was a journalist I would ask about it, too. But Scarlett and I have run out of things to say about it. We get asked 50 times a day.”
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