Penelope Cruz doesn’t think she’s beautiful

I really don’t care for false modesty from celebrities – but a sufficiently grounded celeb gets my vote anyway. It’s a little hard to tell which camp Penelope Cruz falls into. Though she is absolutely beyond stunning, the actress claims that she’s not beautiful by her own estimation.

OK — there is officially no hope for the rest of us! Penelope Cruz, without doubt one of the most gorgeous women on the planet, thinks she’s (ready?) not beautiful! When Parade magazine asked the Spanish star her secret for looking so amazing in both her new movies, Vicky Christina Barcelona and Elegy, she said simply: “I don’t have any.

“I don’t think I am beautiful. I can look good and I can look ugly. What’s funny is that when I was younger I wanted everyone to look at me. Now I like to watch other people because you can learn a lot of interesting things.”

But it sounds like the cast of Vicky Christina who showed up for the filming of her love scene’s [sic] with Scarlett Johansson don’t quite agree with her self-assessment. “The set was very crowded that day and I’m not sure everyone had a reason to be there,” she said.

[From OK! Magazine]

Given the context, I believe Cruz is just being humble and realistic. We all have ugly days. It’s like what Cindy Crawford once said about how even she doesn’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford. But I still can’t imagine waking up looking anything like Penelope Cruz and not thinking, “Damn, I look fine.” Or some variation.

Here’s Penelope Cruz arriving at the Ed Sullivan Theater for the ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ on Friday. Photographer: Anthony Dixon. Images thanks to WENN.

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  1. geronimo says:

    She’s definitely beautiful. Very mobile, very expressive face, nothing fake or bland about those looks.

  2. Ling says:

    Perhaps she means that she doesn’t believe in beauty, period? Just people looking their best? Which is actually not a bad philosophy. Well, it makes me feel better.

  3. BlackDahlia says:

    Who is to say what the definition of beauty is?

  4. Megan says:

    She is obviously very beautiful, but we all have days where we think we’re ugly. It’s difficult to look at yourself objectively.

  5. Kaiser says:

    Very beautiful, good actress (in Spanish movies, not American) but an annoying voice.

  6. Nan says:

    She’s a pretty girl. I adore her accent. She will forever look like a 5 yr. old girl. She has the face of a child. She should not complain about her looks. I hope she isn’t comparing herself to Salma Hayek. They are both beautiful but in different ways.

  7. vdantev says:

    Oh good freaking god. Mock humility. How trite.

  8. lulu says:

    I think she is absolutely gorgeous, and her voice/accdent is so pretty!

  9. Jayme says:

    she’s right, she isn’t beautiful.

  10. Snowblood says:

    Penelope Cruz doesn’t think she’s beautiful?? She’s out of her god-damned mind. She’s stunningly beautiful. I think my favourite of the roles I’ve seen her play is when she was in Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver. That song she sings will – WILL – bring the tears, trust me.

  11. mollination says:

    I actually know quite a few people who don’t find Penelope Cruz attractive. I thought that it was a pretty well known fact that you either like her looks or ya’ don’t. I’d say it’s 50/50. Being that women think she’s beautiful, and men think she looks like a horse.

  12. Orangejulius says:

    She doesn’t have a standard, cookie-cutter Hollywood look and I would agree that she’s not perfectly beautiful, but is stunning. I know other people who also don’t consider her beautiful, so I don’t think this is mock humility.

  13. Snowblood says:

    That’s funny you should say that. Molli ’cause my own boyfriend doesn’t find her beautiful, yet I really do. And I rather like her “annoying voice,” it’s cute to me. She’s a woman’s woman, I guess. And yes, I don’t think it’s mock humility either, even beautiful women have self-critical self-esteem issues. We read about it all the time, famous models griping about their flaws, etcetera.

  14. WTF?!?! says:

    That makes two of us. I find her quite unattractive in the face. She looks like a rodent.

  15. Grettm says:

    I agree…with Penelope. She’s not beautiful. She looks like Geddy Lee from Rush.

  16. lockstress says:

    And neither do I! Fix the teeth!

  17. Sharon says:

    She’s always bugged. Too, “I’m so cute! Look at me!” and also, I think she looks like a duck.
    In certain lights, angles, she’s beautiful, but who isn’t in the right angle?

  18. kate says:

    @sharon: i thinks she looks like a duck, too! a pretty duck. also i would love to know what went on between her & tom cruise when they were dating.

  19. I’d give anything to look like Penelope Cruz.

  20. All Adither says:

    She’s beautiful in a not-so-classic, rubbery face kind of way. No, seriously, I like her fine. If she weren’t beauteeous, she wouldn’t, in this culture, be a big movie star. She should know that.

  21. I choose me says:

    Hmm, I prefer her looks to Salma’s. Eye of the beholder and all that.

  22. Elizabeth says:

    She’s right. She’s not beautiful. Not even cute. And I don’t think she can act either.

    Just my opinion.

  23. Nan says:

    Go google Grace Kelly. Gene Tierney. That’s beauty. Who would have known the Hollywood star-o-meter would include the homely men & women of today. If we would have known this…we wouldn’t be posting here but be the ones they post about. FACT: Anyone can be a star today.

  24. Kevin says:

    I’m sure she is a nice girl, however she is not beautiful. Not in my opinion at least. Plus she still has that tiny tom stank on her.

  25. Viking says:

    For me she is beautiful and great actress.

  26. me says:

    If you isolate and consider just her face, she’s not that aesthetic – large nose, sticky outy ears, eyes too deep set. But the overall package of hair, face, body, accent and talent is absolutely stunning. If I could be anyone, it’d be her.

  27. Andrea says:

    I think she represents a true “spanish” beauty. I am half spanish and i use to never think she was pretty but her face is interesting.. She has all these features that would make her ugly like that long nose, but it works on her and she doesn’t look like everyone else which I like.

  28. Christina X says:

    I think there are different types of attractive. There’s cute, pretty, sexy, and beautiful.

  29. Megan says:

    Salma Hayek has had cosmetic surgery on her face, so I don’t consider her to be a natural beauty. Penelope looks like a naturally beautiful Latina.

  30. Rachael says:

    Snowblood: She doesn’t sing a s*** in Volver, It’s Estrella Morente’s voice ( a famous spanish flamenco singer). And I truly agree with her…she’s quite average.

  31. Y says:

    most women dont think they look beautiful when they really do.

    You can tell the ones that are faking the modesty though, and she doesnt seem like one of them.

  32. Lauri says:

    I have to agree with Penelope on this one…she is one very unattractive woman. I honestly don’t understand what people find attractive about her. She is, at best, plain.

  33. Sven says:

    Penelope is great and beautiful always…i like her so much.

  34. judas with boobs says:

    i don’t find her attractive at all. she looks a bit less than a regular girl. maybe something is wrong with me but i dont’ see what they hype is about her. she’s merely an OKAY actress – although she does have an awesome accent.

  35. Grettm says:

    She looks like Joe Perry from Aerosmith.

  36. Lauri says:

    Joe Perry….That’s it!!!! I didn’t see it before, but you are 100% correct!

  37. daisy424 says:

    I love Joe Perry, he can play my guitar any day.yummy :D

  38. Mandy4614 says:

    I don’t think she’s beautiful at all actually…

  39. mollination says:

    Haha, Snowblood. Exactly the same as my boyfriend and I. That’s where I got my stats from..hehe.

  40. ????? says:

    Menudos palurdos que estais hechos…pero que se puede esperar de los americanos…nada

  41. Paul Breiveld says:

    She can not speaka Inglesh. She ave a bery bery bed accent. Ay neber undastood wot she is sayin. She bery bery orrible.

  42. celeb says:

    I think she is a woman u can call hot :) she is realy nicee I like her much :)

  43. Jay R says:

    dunno, like i was thinking even if i was the dude that carries her bags everywhere, i woulnt be able to hold myself everytime i wouls see her. like viagra without the viagra, yadamean? aight im gonna stop now sounding like a perv.. lmao :mrgreen:

  44. Katalina says:

    I think she is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen! I have always wanted to look just like her.I have been told that I have some of her features but not everything that she has. I wish though. I have never wanted to look like anyone else.I am surprised by some of these comments about her being so ugly. Every man that I have ever met has never been able to take his eyes off of her in a movie.Including my brother and my dad. She has a gorgeous face and a knockout body.Honestly I wish I could look just like her.

  45. Laura says:

    I am Spanish. Penelope is not a typical Spanish beauty. She is not considered beautiful in Spain, she is average/cute.

    Penelope looks the way she does because she has jewish ancestry. She is a sepharad and has plenty of jewish blood. She looks jewish and has jewish genes (but not religion).

    She is a cute jewish Spanish girl but she is definitely not considered beautiful in Spain.

    When made up and all that, she is stunning, though, and this is one of the reasons that she is so successful. She also has a cute accent and is a very good actress. Believe me if she were not a good actress, Americans would not have voted for her. Americans do not exactly love Spanish people…….Remember that Ellen Degeneres called her a European Mexican, which of course was quite stupid of her, but shows her obvious hostility.