PENELOPE CRUZ (Laura) has proven herself to be one of the most versatile
actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters, and becoming the first
actress from Spain to be nominated for and win an Academy Award.
First introduced to American audiences in the Spanish films Jamon, Jamon and
Belle Epoque, Cruz starred in her first English language film, Hi-Lo Country, in
1998 for director Stephen Frears opposite Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette,
and Billy Crudup. In 1999, Cruz won the Best Actress award at the 13th Annual
Goya Awards given by the Spanish Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
for her role in Fernando Trueba's The Girl of Your Dreams.
Confirming her status as Spain's hottest international actress, Cruz landed a
series of coveted roles. She appeared in Billy Bob Thornton's All the Pretty
Horses, Fina Torres's Woman on Top, Alejandro Amenabar's Open Your Eyes, Maria
Ripoll's Twice Upon a Yesterday, and Nick Hamm's Talk of Angels. Additionally,
Cruz co-starred in Pedro Almovodar's Live Flesh and critically acclaimed All
About My Mother, which was awarded the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Foreign
Next up for Cruz was New Line's Blow for director Ted Demme and Captain
Corelli's Mandolin opposite Nicolas Cage. After that, she starred opposite Tom
Cruise in the erotic thriller Vanilla Sky. She then tackled Masked & Anonymous,
Fan Fan la Tulipe, which opened the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and Don't Tempt
Me. She received rave reviews for her eagerly awaited performance in Don't Move
(Non ti Muovere) in which she was honored with a David Di Donatello Award
(Italian Oscar) and European Film Award for Best Actress. To add to her already
brilliant and diverse choice of film credits, she starred in films including
Gothika; Head in the Clouds; Noel; and Chromophobia. Cruz also co-stared with
Matthew McConaughey and William H. Macy as Dr. Eva Rojas in the action-packed
In 2006, Cruz starred in Volver, which again teamed her with director and dear
friend Pedro Almodovar. Critically acclaimed for her role as Raimunda, she won
the Best Actress awards at the European Film Awards, the Spanish Goya Awards,
the Cannes Film Festival, and received both Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.
Cruz went on to star in Elegy opposite Sir Ben Kingsley and Woody Allen's Vicky
Cristina Barcelona opposite Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson. She an Oscar,
a BAFTA, an NYFCC, and an NBR Award for Best Supporting Actress for her
performance in the film.
In 2009, Cruz and Pedro Almodovar were back in action for the fourth time with
Broken Embraces, for which she again received critical acclaim for her portrayal
of Lena. Also in 2009, Cruz teamed up with director Rob Marshall and co-starred
alongside Nicole Kidman, Daniel Day Lewis, and Marion Cotillard in the film
version of the musical Nine. Her standout portrayal of
Carla garnered SAG, Golden Globe, and Oscar nominations. Her third Oscar
nomination made history as it marked only the third time in history that the
winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress was nominated for Best
Supporting Actress the following year.
In 2011, Cruz starred opposite Johnny Depp in the international blockbuster hit
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment of the movie
series directed by Rob Marshall. That summer, she also filmed Woody Allen's To
Rome with Love, which was released June 22, 2012. The Rome-set film also stars
Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and
Ellen Page. Cruz starred in Ridley Scott's 2013 thriller The Counselor alongside
Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt. She went on to
star in Twice Born directed by Sergio Castellitto, with whom she previously
starred in his critically acclaimed film Don't Move.
In 2016, Cruz starred in Zoolander 2, the long-awaited sequel to the 2001 comedy
directed by and starring Ben Stiller, as well as Louis Leterrier's The Brothers
Grimsby, alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, Ian McShane, Rebel Wilson, and Isla
Fisher. She went on to produce and star in Ma Ma, directed by acclaimed Spanish
director Julio Medem. The film premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival and
was released in May 2016. Fernando Trueba's The Queen of Spain was released in
November 2016 and earned Cruz her 9th Spanish Goya Award nomination.
This past year, she appeared in 20th Century Fox's Murder on the Orient Express,
based on the 1934 Agatha Christie novel, with a strong ensemble cast including
Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench, and Josh
Gad, as well as Kenneth Branagh who also directed. She also starred in Loving
Pablo opposite Peter Sarsgaard and Javier Bardem. Written and directed by
Fernando Leon de Aranoa, the film follows a journalist who strikes up a romantic
relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. The film premiered at the
2017 Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian Film Festivals.
This past January, she made her U.S. television debut as Donatella Versace, the
sister of murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace, in FX's "American Crime
Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace," the third installment in the
Emmy-winning anthology series from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, and Brad
Simpson. In March, she was presented with the Honorary Cesar Award for her
collective work in film from France's Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema
during the 43nd Cesar Awards ceremony in Paris.
Her latest film, Asghar Farhadi's Spanish-language psychological thriller
Everybody Knows, premiered as the Opening Night of the 2018 Cannes Film
Festival. Next up, Cruz will appear in 355, a large-scale espionage film
directed by Simon Kinberg with an all-star international spy cast including
Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Fan Bingbing, and Lupita Nyong'o.
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