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Woody Allen was more interested in a stain on his hand than filming the much-talked about lesbian kiss between Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson.

Spanish beauty Penelope revealed that the director was so concerned about a mark that had mysteriously appeared on his hand that he left the set to go to see a dermatologist.

The director had been filming a scene between Penelope and co-star Scarlett where they kiss in a darkroom for the film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which premiered last night at London Film Festival’s Sky Movies HD Gala.

“Everyone’s been talking about this kiss between me and Scarlett but on the day all the attention was on Woody and the stain on his hand,” she said.

“Even when we resumed filming he was still looking at it!”




Posted on October 25th, 2008 - Filed in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), Press - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penelope Cruz said she fell in love with the character she plays in Vicky Cristina Barcelona as she attended the movie’s UK premiere.

The movie, which also stars Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall, is showing as part of the BFI 52nd London Film Festival. It concerns the tangled love lives of Americans abroad in Barcelona.

Cruz plays Maria, the tempestuous ex-wife of a free-spirited artist in the film, which is directed by Woody Allen and was shown at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

Cruz, wearing a black L’Wren dress, said: “I fell in love with the character.”

She added that it was “amazing” to work with Allen.

The Sky Gala screening in London’s Leicester Square was being followed by a Sky Gala party in West London.

Source: Press Association




Posted on October 9th, 2008 - Filed in Magazines, Photo Updates, Press - 0 Comments / Leave one

Better late than never! Check out our scans from Glamour‘s August issue which featured Miss Cruz on it’s cover.




Posted on September 1st, 2008 - Filed in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), Press - 0 Comments / Leave one

Spanish-born star Penélope Cruz talks to John Hiscock about working with directors Woody Allen and Pedro Almodóvar – and her habit of becoming romantically involved with her leading men

Penélope Cruz doesn’t like talking about her personal life, and blames the internet. “I have a big reluctance to talk about anything that might later be misconstrued,” she says.

“I was not worried before, but since the internet, every time you do an interview, three hundred other people are going to take that story and turn it into something else. I wish I could be more relaxed and funnier in interviews but I can’t because I always regret it afterwards. I take my work very seriously and I don’t want it to be manipulated into something else.”

Another reason for her reluctance is probably her aversion to being asked about her becoming romantically involved with some of her leading men. To her irritation, reports of that aspect of her life have often taken prominence over discussions of her acting, and she has always denied suggestions that she has deliberately set her sights on her male co-stars.




“I wouldn’t describe myself as the most stable person,” says Penelope Cruz, who has played some of the movies’ more explosive, damaged and exciting women of the past decade. “I try. Who can say they’re stable? Maybe someone who’s enjoying a lot of mental peace, but I don’t know them.”

Calling from Madrid, where she is currently shooting director Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces, Cruz sounds somber. There is only a hint of the warm, passionate quality that she naturally exudes in face-to-face conversation, a quality that not surprisingly attracts her male co-stars and then, if a romance starts, the paparazzi.

The 34-year-old actress is tired of being more famous for her boyfriends – her exes include Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey – than her work. So she is in lockdown mode, poised to deflect questions about her current boyfriend, Spanish actor Javier Bardem, who earlier this year won an Oscar as best supporting actor for his work in No Country for Old Men (2007).




Posted on August 27th, 2008 - Filed in Press - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penelope Cruz is extremely busy. She’s in her hometown Madrid dashing to an evening shoot for Pedro Almodovar’s Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces), while talking to us on her cell as her driver zips in and out of traffic. She’s got two other films to plug: the mournful Elegy opposite Ben Kingsley, and Woody Allen’s decidedly more cheerful Vicky Cristina Barcelona, in which she locks lips with both Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson. (Not a big deal, she says, but “it was very crowded that day on the set”

Where are you based these days?
Madrid has always been my main home because my family is here and I have a house here. I spend a lot of time in Los Angeles, too, but I’ve always preferred New York.

Do you still take ballet classes?
Filming the musical Nine with Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Sophia Loren gave me a big reason to dance five-six hours a day. I’m really excited about the movie.




Timing of its release couldn’t be better for the Oscars prospects of Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which comes just months after its star Javier Bardem, sporting the creepiest hairdo this side of Donald Trump and Jacko, terrified Hollywood into handing over piles of academy gold to No Country for Old Men.

At the previous Oscars, Penelope Cruz (Volver) posed the most serious threat to usurp Helen Mirren (The Queen) in the best-actress race but, having failed, now seems due to reign too. At the derby before that, many Oscarwatchers thought Woody Allen would finally have his big comeback, but Match Point, despite nabbing a screenplay nomination, didn’t catch fire, so the three-time winner is now sparking new heat.




Posted on August 21st, 2008 - Filed in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), Press - 0 Comments / Leave one

Pénelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Rebeccca Hall and More Gathered to talk about Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pénelope Cruz, Rebecca Hall, Chris Messina and Scarlett Johansson all had similar praise for their director and writer — even if they took different paths to get to the film. Cruz’s agent actually reached out to Allen when Vicky Cristina Barcelona was in development, on the off chance Allen might have a role for her: “My agent said … ‘We found out you’re doing a movie in Spain, do you want to meet Pénelope?’ We met in New York, a very short meeting, which took less than one minute, and he told me ‘I saw Volver, and I’m writing this story, it’s not finished yet, but if it keeps going in this direction, the script, I think you could be right for this part. …’ He didn’t tell me anything more about the story, or the characters, but I felt like we connected; we were laughing, and when I left, the people who work with him told me ‘You’ve been there for such a long time.’ …”

Even after being asked, though, Cruz found the prospect of working with one of film’s best-known directors daunting: “You can trust the director — you’re working with Woody Allen, you’re working with a genius — but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to be doubting yourself. …”




Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are doing their very best to convince the world that it’s not love.

“All I can say about that is he’s one of the most amazing actors of our century,” Cruz says.

Bardem returns the compliment. “She’s just a beautiful actress,” he says. “I remember when we were much younger and met on the set of Jamon Jamon.”

If you’re expecting some tales of young lust, think again. Bardem says, “Thank God we did that movie. I was 22 and it was my first big role and it was her first role. We were young people who wanted to eat it all up.”

Cruz isn’t eating anything up this particular morning, but she’s drinking a 16-ounce glass of carrot juice. Her career is hot with two big summer films: Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona (now in theaters) and the Philip Roth adaptation Elegy (opening Friday). She’s currently in training to sing and dance in director Rob Marshall’s musical Nine.




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.’




Posted on August 15th, 2008 - Filed in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), Press - 0 Comments / Leave one

Penelope Cruz walks into a Beverly Hills hotel room with a stunning red dress looking ravishing. Quietly reserved and ferociously guarded, Cruz is receiving strong reviews as the tempestuous ex-wife in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Cruz is also starring in the erotic adaptation of Phillip Roth’s Elegy and is about to join the star-studded cast of the musical Nine. Cruz talked to Paul Fischer.

Question: At the press conference yesterday Woody Allen talked about, and it was very funny to hear him talk about the arguments that you had with Javier in Spanish, scenes where you’re arguing with Javier in Spanish, and he had no idea, Woody Allen had no idea what you were saying, until you went back to his, to edit the film, and get someone who could translate what you were saying. How freeing is it for you as an actress to be able to do stuff like that, without even worrying or caring what the director thinks?




Posted on August 14th, 2008 - Filed in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), Press - 0 Comments / Leave one

Woody Allen knew he was making a comedy when he was shooting Vicky Cristina Barcelona in Spain. Penelope Cruz approached it as a drama.

“I felt like I was doing the most serious drama that I had done in my career,” Cruz says now, with the sexy romantic comedy set for release tomorrow across North America. As a slick return to form, and looking like a gorgeous travelogue despite its modest $15-million budget, Vicky Cristina Barcelona is the funniest Allen comedy since Mighty Aphrodite in the 1990s.

“When I saw the film in Cannes,” Cruz says of the world premiere in May at France’s glamourous Riviera filmfest, I said, ‘Why are they laughing?’

“I understood that when I read the script. But preparing Maria Elena (her tempestuous Spanish temptress) and then playing her for those few weeks, I forgot. I was suffering with her. And I think probably Woody was laughing about that, too, about how seriously everyone was taking everything. Because all the characters are suffering and struggling.




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.





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