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Penelope Cruz: “When I was 10 years old, I wondered why Almodovar was not the president of Spain”

Penelope Cruz’s first time in Venice was also her first appearance in the cinema. It was 30 years ago when he came to Lido as a gift lorry the lion A film that would forever change his life professionally and personally. Three decades later, this young woman from Alcobendas is one of the best actresses of the moment, she has an Oscar and a Volpe Cup, which she won last year. parallel mothers. Now he is back with two films. One in the official section, Italian Immensita, where he gives his life to a Spaniard emigrating to Italy; A film that also confronts a trans child’s childhood and domestic violence. The other is in a parallel division, Orizzonti, and is produced and directed by his friend Juan Diego Boto. is approx in the fields A drama about evictions that took six years to pull off.

Two films that show a commitment that becomes more and more apparent, though not always achieved. “Unfortunately, you don’t see that in every movie you make,” he says candidly, but he also knows that when he finds them, he has to go for them. “Films aren’t made to change the world, but when they can help start a debate about something important… that makes me very happy,” says the actor, recalling that Almodovar’s film last year also talked about “issues that he was. It’s important that we continue the conversation and that they are so far from being resolved, like in this case, domestic violence or accepting Luana’s character.”

The Italian film tells the true story of the director himself, Emmanuel Criallese, who this week publicly revealed that he is a trans man. The film received a standing ovation at the official screening, prompting Penelope Cruz to “cry non-stop for 20 minutes”. “It’s not hard for me to cry, but seeing how Ivana – the young hero – couldn’t stop for an hour or more reminded me of the first time I came here when I was 18 years old. I think I was. shock I couldn’t even cry, but it was very emotional to see her because she’s discovering all this for the first time, and I thought she was cute and so pure.”

Penelope Cruz has already spoken about domestic violence at the press conference. She remembers hearing “a few stories” about it at her mother’s hairdresser when she was little, but recently experienced it first hand. In addition, he was distinguished by all the women he met during training in the fields. “If we put into the film all the details of all the stories of all the women we met, you’d say, how can one person endure so much suffering in one life? Or four children? That’s why I wanted to do it. big, Because it also talks about domestic violence in a way that is very, very true.”

She feels like a feminist since childhood and clearly has a responsibility: “I think it’s because of the way my parents, who are very young, raised me in their 20s, and I’m very grateful for their upbringing. So, even though I was born in 1974, I also experienced the change in my country after the dictatorship and I was aware of it. I always wondered when I watched interviews with Pedro (Almodovar) why he wasn’t the president of our country. It was something I was interested in when I was eight or ten years old.”

All critics emphasize his works Immensita And many have commented on his transformation on the stage of the mythical Raffaella Cara, a tribute that he loved to pay to Cruz, who admits that he has always admired the Italian artist. “When I was little, I used to go to the park with my grandmother to do some of her song numbers, my grandmother would take me to her friends, and I would always practice at home and dance. So when I read the script and saw that I had the opportunity to play Rafaella Cara and Patti Bravo… it was very special for me to do it. The day we shot that scene, the producer came and told us that Rafaela had died. It was the same day and we had just talked about inviting him for number two or just telling him how much we love him and what time he comes in and says it. So it was really, really sad because no one knew he was sick.”

Motherhood forever changed Penelope Cruz, as well as an actress. “I think about it even in every role I play because motherhood has changed me completely. From the beginning. All my priorities have changed. I never thought about myself in the first place. It’s a natural thing that’s very healthy and a blessing. I’ve always been very family-oriented because that’s how I lived as a child. But now my priority is my children, that’s why I make a film a year and I plan to be together in the summer. And if I can, I try to shoot in Madrid, or where we are during the school year.”

The Italian “mother” she plays bears the machismo and violence of her husband, but also the gaze of a society that believes her to be a horror that gives freedom in every gesture. The feeling the actress admits when she wanted to be an artist as a child: “I felt very alone because when I said why don’t we put on a show, many times, though not always, the teachers looked at me like I was strange and it seemed like you got used to it, but after a while I stopped caring and the way I found. When I was in school, I once learned what I was playing. , the rest of the time I switched off and flew, I became a different person, I imagined different possibilities for the future.

That is why he argues that there is a need for time to be bored. “The time of boredom was when my imagination was engaged and when I dreamed and planned my future. I see that teenagers today, although of course it depends on the parents, but I think they never have time to be idle, and great things come out of that nothingness,” Ditch. He learned to protect himself from such comments from his teachers. “You can already do that” in an industry like this, where “if you’re successful and you’re going to put yourself out there, you’re going to hear the good and the bad.” His advice is clear: “Don’t believe anyone.”

Source: El Diario





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