Penelope Cruz is an Academy-Award winning Spanish actress who was born in Madrid, Spain. Known in her native country as the “Spanish Enchantress”, Cruz has appeared in several movies and also models for several high-fashion brands around the world.
She was born on April 28, 1974, making her a Taurus. People born under the sign of Taurus are generally known for their practicality and no-nonsense approach to their lives. They have dedication, extreme determination and the passion to pursue their goals as well as the stability and level-headedness to achieve their dreams. People born under the Taurus sign are somewhat reluctant for change and may be mistaken as being too self-righteous and conservative, even if it’s hardly the case.
She was influenced to become an actress after seeing Pedro Aldomovar’s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, and she called up several agencies herself but was constantly rejected for being too young. At age 15, Penelope was signed to an agent. The following year, she made her debut appearance in a music video for the Spanish music group Mecano in their music video for “La Fuerza del Destino”. In the years 1990 until 1997, she was a host for La Quinta Marcha, a Spanish talk show. At the age of 18, she made her first film appearance in the movie Jamón, Jamón. The movie catapulted her to sex symbol status and made her a household name in her country. She went on to make more movies such as Belle Epoque. She moved to live in New York at age 20 primarily to study acting and ballet. Even before becoming an actress, she is a ballet dancer, studying classical ballet for nine years in Spain’s National Conservatory. As a Taurus, Penelope displays qualities like passion and dedication to her craft that helped her to become the A-list actress that she is today. A Taurus is stubborn in the sense that they will always want to get things done right away.
Penelope appeared in box-office hits like Vanilla Sky and Blow which propelled her to superstar status not only in Spain, but in Hollywood as well. She was also cast in movies such as Gothika, Noel, Don’t Move, Bandidas and Volver. She received many favorable reviews for her leading role in Volver, and it is in this movie where she earned her Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress as well as the Oscar nomination for the role. However, it was her turn as a creative artist in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona that earned her the golden statuette for Best Supporting Actress.
In love and personal relationships, Tauruses like to take their time. It may seem like they aren’t emotional people, but they’re just calm and collected. In fact, they are very passionate and generous. They are excellent friends and only a few can truly come close to how wonderful they are.
Penelope is friends with her constant director Pedro Aldomovar. She also figured in a three-year relationship with fellow actor Tom Cruise whom she met on the set of Vanilla Sky. Penelope began dating actor Javier Bardem in early 2007. In July 2010, they married in a private ceremony. Penelope gave birth to her first child Leo on January 22 2011 in Los Angeles, California.