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Penélope Cruz: “It’s my best nomination, along with my husband and for Almodóvar”

Penélope Cruz: "Es mi mejor nominación, junto a mi marido y por Almodóvar"

For Penélope Cruz this year is the best Oscar nomination she has received: for a film in Spanish, directed by Pedro Almodóvar and in the same edition of the awards for which her husband, actor Javier Bardem, is also a candidate: "It’s very, very exciting"he assures in an interview with Efe.

The Madrilenian, who opts for the Oscar for best actress for her work in "parallel mothers"assures that he saw the nominations live together with Bardem and that he started screaming when he was named (by "Being the Ricardos"), while the actor remained silent until her name came out.

"When they said the names of the actresses there he started screaming and I fell straight to the ground and spent an hour and a half crying"affirms Cruz, who confesses that he would have liked to see Almodóvar’s name among the nominees for best director or screenwriter.

"It could not have been, but I have seen how he is happy from the heart for us"Cruz says about the "generosity" by the Spanish director, for whose latest film they nominated its leading actress and the composer of the soundtrack, Alberto Iglesias.

The actress highlights that Almodóvar was one of the first people to call her and asked her to go to the production company’s headquarters "The desire" to give each other a hug: "I owe everything I am achieving with this film to him, to the wonderful script he has created, to how he has directed us, how he has accompanied us on this long, intense and precious journey."underlines.

The actress confesses that as a child and adolescent she had "the obsession" to work with Almodóvar. "He is someone very important in my life, even before I met him".

About today, Cruz assures that getting a nomination that seemed to him "hard"but being both she and Bardem was "impossible and has passed"underlines.

At the moment, he affirms that it is not going to be done "delusions" about the possibility of winning the award on March 27 and that it remains with having been nominated for an Oscar. This is the fourth time that she has been nominated for these awards, after "Return", "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" Y "Nine"the second one with statuette.

For Penelope, it is already a "a gift to be part of this marvelous movie and this character, I couldn’t love him more". "The first time I read it, my heart skipped a beat because I was impressed that once again Pedro trusted me to give me material that was so extremely interesting, complex and different from anything we’ve done before."remarks the actress.

She affirms that today, together with her husband, she remembered above all the moments in which she found out that she was nominated, one of them with her father -already deceased- in Los Angeles, another with the actress Salma Hayek (at first she became the sleeping one and got under the sheets) and another with Katrina Bayonas, her representative, all in the US.

"Every time there has been a surprise, but today has been the strongest, being the two"emphasizes the actress, who usually resists seeing the nominations live because she gets very nervous, she confesses, although she ends up doing it.

Penélope Cruz assures that she feels "a lot of gratitude and humility" and that he still considers that "the greatest prize is to have a job". "(A job that) motivates me and that I have wanted since I was a child"amplify.

"When I made my first film I didn’t know if it was the last, and that fear that we actors have of knowing that we depend on someone from outside, I don’t let go of that, because it’s my driving force and it’s what makes me continue to value things, no never trust me, value each character, start from scratch every time"underlines.

For this reason, one of the moments that he appreciates the most in his work is "become a student again". "It does not matter if you are 40-60-80 years old, it is always starting from scratch and remembering the opportunities that life is giving us".

In a subsequent meeting with various media, which took place in the kitchen of El Deseo, Cruz revealed that throughout the process with this film she had in mind a friend who went through a situation similar to that of Janis, her character, of loss or threat of loss of a child or a loved one.

"In everything that has happened with this movie I can’t think of anything else other than her and that child"He said. "My drive was to honor any woman who goes through a similar situation".

Asked how she feels as an ambassador for Marca España, Cruz confessed that she finds it difficult to think in those terms. "I cannot love my country more, I decide to live here because I love it, but I feel like one more, I am the first surprised with everything that happens to me".

He also made reference to the film he has just shot with Juan Diego Botto as director and screenwriter, "in the margins"and which she stars in and produces. "I want to do something like this every two years, it’s something that motivates me"she said in reference to her facet as a Spanish film producer.

She is less willing to often work with her husband after the experience of "loving paul" (2017). "It’s something that makes sense from time to time, every five years at least, it’s a way to protect the relationship".


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