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Penelope Cruz is all smiles despite the rain
Rains usually get the better off people, most especially actors who are out for a shoot. But not in the case of the award-winning actress, Penelope Cruz as she seems to be in good spirits despite the downpour.
Her latest movie project, The Counselor is currently shooting at Alicante. Yes, the Spanish coastal area may be renowned for its warm weather though it must be noted that September is its wettest month thus it follows that the cast and crew of this movie are definitely prepared for heavy rain.
The shoot schedule is supposed to be done on the warm months but the death of the director’s sibling delayed the shooting so they are now shooting on location even if it is said to be the time of the year when the place is frequented by rain clouds.
Penelope strolling at Warner Studios with other moms
Fame has its fair share of boon and bane and one of them is the famous people’s inability to blend in with a crowd without being recognized.This is why for an A-lister like Penelope Cruz to take her son Leo on a date at Warner Studios in Madrid is like defying gravity or taking a great big leap of faith.
The award-wining actress is spotted at the theme park with a group of other moms like the Spanish actress Goya Toledo. These moms explored the park, pushed strollers and even ate at the food court with their children.
Penelope Cruz definitely knows how to dress down in her public day out with her son as she wears a khaki shirt, a flared denim pants and a brown boots. Ironically, her brunette locks and her shades in an effort to hide her face are the only things that makes her recognizable.
Eduardo, Monica and Penelope Cruz
Considering the fact that the Cruz siblings claim to have a really close family ties, it’s not a wonder why the three siblings, Penelope, Monica and Eduardo are spotted at a restaurant in Madrid after catching up with each other over dinner.
The eldest Cruz, Penelope brought along her husband of two years, Javier Bardem. The award-winning actress says she is enjoying the privilege of having to pick the roles that she wants as she is trying her best to focus on her son, Leo. The couple is working together in the movie ” The Counselor” but they make it a point that one of them stays with their kid. It is a good thing that they do not scenes where they appear together thus their arrangement of having one of them stay with their child easy and possible.
Back to the famous siblings who are equally busy and successful in their own fields, Eduardo who recently broke up with Eva Longoria is a composer while Monica is a newest face of the luxurious lingerie company, Agent Provocateur happens to be an actress as well.
Penelope and son, Leo
For big stars like Penelope Cruz, globe-trotting is no big deal. Check out the award-winning Spanish actress as she arrives in Paris for the nth time last October 24th.
Penelope Cruz is spotted at the Bourget Airport with her husband Javier Bardem and their son, Leo. The family of three seem to be in good spirit as they leave the airport just outside of Paris, France.
Career-wise, the couple are busy with their own stuff. Bardem plays the role of a villain in the latest Bond 007 movie while Cruz is joining forces with her sister in designing a lingerie line.
Penelope Cruz Skyfall Premiere
If you are Penelope Cruz, standing out in the crowd is never an issue. The latest proof of the Vanilla Sky actress’ ability to get attention without intending to is in the world premiere of the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall that took place on October 23rd at the Royal Albert Hall.
Javier Bardem, the husband of the Gothika actress plays the role of a villain in the movie and this is the exact reason why she turned up in the event wearing her form fitting gold gown made by L’ Wren Scott.
The eye-catching floor length gown made a huge statement that the award wining actress need not war any other jewelry with it other the gold Emilio Pucci clutch and her gold Nicholas Kirkwood sky-high stilettos.
Penelope Cruz and sister, Monica Cruz
Oscar winner Penelope Cruz teams up with her dancer/actress sister Monica Cruz in their latest venture of designing underwear for the luxury brand, Agent Provocateur.
The collection of the sexy Spanish sisters will feature a wide selection of brassieres, briefs as well as corsets. However, it must be noted that undergarment connoisseurs will have to wait until August 2013 to get their hands in the L’ Agent collection, the name of the diffusion line of the Cruz sisters.
”It is so exciting for me and Monica to embark on this new adventure. We have always been huge fans of Agent Provocateur and both of us are very much looking forward to this long-term collaboration.” says Penelope.
It must also be noted that the younger of the Cruz sibling is also the face of Agent Provocateur for their 2012-2013 autumn and winter ad campaign.
The producers of the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” already had the idea that actress Penelope Cruz who was to cast to star as the Blackbeard’s daughter Angelica was pregnant with her husband Javier Bardem for their first-born child.
It was not really obvious at first until the baby bump on Cruz’s body began to show. So as not to stop the shooting, they came up to the decision that Penelope will be taken close-up shots while the distance shots will be portrayed by her three-year younger sister Monica.
Monica Cruz, 34 years old, is an dancer and actress in Spain — and looks like 37-year-old Penelope — so it was a perfect match.
“I did a couple of months of training and did what I was able to do, but I couldn’t do everything, just what was safe. Monica came at the end to do some scenes. She’s a dancer and very good with a sword because she’s done a film herself,” said Cruz.
We already have the pictures of the Blackbeard’s daughter which is portrayed by both Penelope and Monica.
Penelope Cruz is “the happiest she’s ever been” since becoming a mother.
Pedro – who has collaborated with the actress many times – said: “She’s the most happy. Better than always!
“She’s with a man who she loves. She’s a really avocational mother. In all my movies she plays a mother. She always said, ‘I want to be a mother.’ ”
The proud mother loves showing off Leo and although their busy schedules mean Penelope and Pedro don’t see each other as often as they would like, the 37-year-old actress sends Pedro, 62, pictures of her son every 15 days.
He added to UsMagazine.com: “She wanted to really experience being a mother in a complete way. She sends me photos of the baby every 15 days. I see how he’s growing. He has an incredibly big smile, you cannot imagine. He’s beautiful, gorgeous and he’s big.”
The filming of “Venuto al mondo” , an upcoming film starring Penelope Cruz, has finished filming in Bosnia and and Herzegovina and the cast & crew will now fly to Rome to shoot the last scenes, the Bosnian media reported Saturday.
The second stage of filming in Sarajevo, which began on November 7, ended without interruptions and on schedule, the media said.
Penelope was joined in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital by her husband, acclaimed Spanish actor Javier Bardem, and their young son, Leo, just as she was in September during the first leg of filming in Bosnia
Although their presence aroused a great deal of interest from the media and the general public, the film stars managed to avoid the cameras during their stay.
In Italian director Sergio Castellitto’s “Venuto al mondo,” scheduled for release in Italy and Spain next year, Cruz plays a single mother who accompanies her teenage son to Sarajevo, where his father died in the 1992-1995 Bosnian conflict.
Filming began in September in Sarajevo and scenes also have been shot in Rome and the Croatian island of Korcula.
The film is based on the like-named novel by Margaret Mazzantini, the director’s wife and a bestselling Italian author.
By Dana Macario
Do you remember the long, leisurely brunches that comprised a weekend morning back in your pre-child days? Neither do we. Once the wee ones arrive, meals out often become a rushed and hurried affair, quickly cramming in your meal before a meltdown ensues.
This week’s CMC, Penelope Cruz, was spotted eating out, holding her baby Leo with one hand, while eating with the other, as only a mommy can do. For mere mortals, negotiating the fork, knife, spoon and coffee cup requires two hands. Mothers of babies however, seem to have finely-tuned hand-eye coordination, allowing them to deftly maneuver the various utensils, feeding themselves and keeping the ever-enticing knife out of baby’s reach, all at the same time.
Whether it’s eating with one hand, having an app-laden smartphone, or special “restaurant-only toys” on hand, moms have devised some pretty ingenious ways for keeping babies and kids happy while dining out. What’s your best tip for keeping little ones content at a restaurant?
How much fun did you have on the set of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides?
Every day on the set of Pirates was hilarious because Johnny Depp is one of the funniest people I know. He makes me laugh non-stop and he always plays crazy tricks on me. He’s a complete jokester and you never know what he’s going to do next. He even has a machine to give people a little electric shock!
Does that make working with Johnny Depp quite challenging?
Oh, yes! Johnny is like a box of surprises and you’re never bored around him. However, he’s ‘s also very kind and gentle. Johnny and [Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director] Rob Marshall were so protective, kind and caring at every single moment of the film shoot. I will never forget that for the rest of my life.
What was your biggest challenge on the set?
The biggest challenge was trying not to laugh because Johnny is really funny. He was always trying to make me laugh.
Did you two get the giggles?
Sure, we’d often get the giggles together. When the two of us started to laugh, sometimes we couldn’t stop for a long time – but we had to keep shooting and that was really hard. I’m not exaggerating, sometimes we were laughing for two hours solid. It was hilarious!
You play a rebellious character called Angelica in the movie. Are you a rebel at heart?
I’ve been told that I was rebellious when I was a little girl, but I’m not so rebellious now. It’s funny because Angelica is a great liar, but that’s something I’m terrible at in real life. It was definitely a lot of fun to play in the movie, but I can’t lie at all!
How would you describe Angelica?
Angelica is very calculated. Everything she does is a game; a mental game, a strategy – and it’s a lot of fun to get to understand that mentality. She must be exhausted at the end of the day because nothing is relaxing in her life. Everything is so tricky.
What scary stunts did you have to tackle for Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides?
The same stunt team worked on this film that worked on the first and third Pirates movies, and they are really impressive. They can do anything! They jump from cliffs 100 meters high, and the fights they get into are incredible.
What stunts did you have to do?
Well, I was pretty lucky because I didn’t do too many of the stunts. However, the stunt team taught me how to sword fight a couple of months before the movie started. That was very cool!
Would you say you’re a good swashbuckler now?
I know how to work with a sword, which is really interesting – but I don’t know if I’m a swashbuckler. You know what? I love the peculiar things we get to learn in this industry. I learned how to gallop a camel once! The next time I go to the desert, I’m really going to impress my friends with that skill. Camels really gallop fast!
Angelica wears fantastic costumes in the movie. Did you have much input into the wardrobe?
The costumes were amazing for every character in the movie, especially Angelica. When I wore her costume and her boots it really helped me get into character.
Who was responsible for the wardrobe on the movie?
A woman called Penny Rose designed all of the outfits in the movie and she did an amazing job.
At one point in the movie, Angelica pretends to be Captain Jack Sparrow. Were those scenes fun to film?
It was definitely a lot of fun to wear the mustache for those scenes! After a while, I kept forgetting I was wearing it and I would talk to people with a straight face, but they would start laughing. Sometimes it bugged me because I would think, ‘Why does everyone keep laughing at me today?’
What did Johnny Depp think of your Captain Jack impersonation?
Johnny thought it was fantastic, especially the mustache. Those scenes took about a week to shoot and it was one of the most fun times during the making of the movie. We were constantly laughing away!
Another fun scene in the movie sees Angelica stranded on a desert island. Where was that scene filmed?
That little island was in Puerto Rico. It’s called Palominito Islet and I’m not sure if it is private, but it is very, very small and beautiful.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which three things would you take with you?
I would only need my family and friends with me. That would be fine. Oh, and some water and food, and maybe some music too. I know that’s more than three, but that’s what I’d need!
Which set impressed you the most while making this film?
When they told me they were building a beach in Los Angeles, I thought I hadn’t understood them properly. But then I got to the set and there was a complete beach built at Universal Studios! That was very, very impressive. I’m amazed at the things they can do.
Would you sign up for another Pirates Of The Caribbean film if they ask you?
I would love to work with everyone again, especially Johnny and Rob. When I said yes to this film, I hadn’t even read the script; that’s how much I trusted them and that’s how much I wanted to work with them. I’d love to do it all again, but who knows what the future holds…
We have seen her getting feisty fighting with her co-star Emile Hirsch but today it appears that Penelope Cruz was showing off her cute side.
The actress, 37, who is currently shooting her latest film Venuto al Mondo in Rome, was seen pulling a number of adorable, as well as silly, poses.
The stunning brunette was clearly feeling playful acting out her character Gemma and Penelope was seen pulling her cardigan up over her head for a childish, but super sweet look.
was seen in a floral dress, bare feet and the cardigan as she moved and danced around.
Clothing props: It seemed the Spanish actress used her clothing as a prop for the sequence where she appeared to dance around the deck of the houseboat
Despite the unusual moves the Spanish star still managed to look sexy albeit in a rather cute, and strange way.
Throughout the shoot, Penelope was seen being attended to be crew members including to help her put on some hard-wearing boots, a change from her bare feet.
They pair an argument that culminated in the brunette beauty throwing Hirsch’s character’s cigarette into the water.
Penelope had been dressed in a drab ensemble consisting of a green dress, long-sleeved mint top and crocheted shawl.
Man (almost) overboard! Feisty Penelope was seen filming a fight with Emile Hirsch yesterday
Slap! The Oscar winner gets ready to give the actor a good thunk
Cruz plays the part of Gemma, a single mother who accompanies her teenage son to present-day Sarajevo, the hometown of his father, who died in 1992-1995 Bosnian war.
She recently filmed in Serbia where she displayed a shorter, straight bobbed style, before moving on to the Italian capital.
Her husband, Javier Bardem, had accomapnied her to the city of amore, along with their 10-month-old son, Leo Encinas.
Involved: Emile takes control and moves in for Penelope’s neck as he sits on a chair
Playing nice: Onscreen mother and son take a break from sparring
The gorgeous family enjoyed the best of Italy on Saturday, when they indulged in a traditional Italian pasta lunch during Penelope’s break from shooting.
Unfortunately, the 42-year-old had to leave his wife because of his own commitments.
He is now in New York, where he addressed the United Nations about ending the human
by Sarah Fitzmaurice,
An announcement from the Sarajevo city government says Cruz arrived Wednesday and will film at various locations in town.
Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, her husband, Javier Bardem, and their son, Leo, are in Sarajevo, where she will begin filming `Venuto al Mondo`, Bosnian media reported.
The movie is about a single mother, Gemma, who brings her 16-year-old son to Sarajevo, where his father died in the 1990s Bosnian conflict. It is based on a best-seller by Margaret Mazzantini. The filming will start Sept. 12 and last for 11 days.
Cruz and Bardem are occupying the hotel`s presidential suite, while the staffers who care for their son are living in two other rooms, media reports said.
The movie star asked hotel management for stepped up security to protect the family`s privacy from paparazzi.
Cruz had a final production meeting Sunday with director Sergio Castellito to iron out some details of the filming, which will last nine days.
The stars and crew will continue filming in Rome, but plans call for a return to Sarajevo in late October or early November.
Cruz plays Gemma, a single mother who accompanies her teenage son to Sarajevo, the birthplace of his father, who died in the war in Bosnia.
The filming in Sarajevo is expected to end on Sept. 21 and will continue on the Croatian island of Korcula and in Rome.