Penelope Cruz “would like to shoot the paparazzi” who take her son’s picture

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz covers the September issue of W Magazine, and I’m a bit perplexed by the startling difference between the cover and the editorial shoot within the magazine. The cover itself is very 1980s Sophia Loren-esque, right? Except that it looks like Penny’s arm has disappeared (behind all of that big hair) and a phantom hand has made its presence known on the other side of her head. Very strange for a September cover, but it sure as hell beats Lady Gaga’s Vogue cover, which I know that some of you liked, but I just don’t see it.

Incidentally, Penelope’s sister, Monica (who is equally gorgeous) has just appeared in a new Agent Provocateur campaign that features many bondage-inspired shots. The good genes certainly run through that family, but back to Penelope and this W Mag shoot, which is very cinematic in nature. The black-and-white shots are particularly noteworthy, and here are some interview excerpts:

Penelope Cruz

Pedro Almodovar on Penelope’s privacy: “She would like to shoot the paparazzi who try to take [her son's] picture,” Almodovar only half-joked. “But seriously, I always knew Penelope would be an amazing mother. She has no fear of love. You can see that in her work.”

On her first audition: “Yes, it was for the woman who became my manager and still works with me. She was testing around 300 actors. I was 14 years old, and she had me read a scene from Casablanca, which is impossible to do when you are that age. But my manager asked me if I wanted to work with her, and she sent me on some castings. When I was 16, I got Jamon, Jamon. Of course, I had to lie about my age. And I had to lie to my parents about the content of the script.”

On her first meeting with Woody Allen: “Fast. Very fast. We sat down for 30 seconds. He had seen Volver, and he thought I would be right for this character. And that was it. I never spoke to him again until we were shooting. I had no idea who I would be playing. After I said yes, he sent the script with this man who knocked on my door and said, “I will come back and pick it up in an hour.” I had to read really fast, and it was in English. It was the same thing with To Rome With Love–a different man but the same behavior. This time, I asked for two hours [laughs].”

On being funny: “I don’t play comedy as comedy. That would be the biggest trap. I think about the characters and their situations. Then you don’t have to worry where the laugh is going to be. But comedy is harder than drama.”

On death scenes vs. sex scenes: “I don’t like dying. I die in Don’t Move [an Italian film, for which Cruz won the Italian academy award for best actress], and I can’t really look at it because it reminds me of my grandmother when she was very old. But sex scenes are very strange. Absurd, really.”

[From W Magazine]

I have to admit to being slightly disingenous with the headline to this post, for it was obviously Pedro Almodovar who made the claim about Penelope wanting to shoot the paparazzi. Still, the sentiment must have been uttered by the lady herself at some point for Almovadar to have gained that impression of an actress that he knows very well and has worked with on more than one occasion already.

While I doubt that Penelope is actually willing to make like her Vicky Christina Barcelona character with a gun, she does seem much more protective than many stars do over photographs of their progeny. She’s certainly got a lengthy fight ahead of her though since many people will be curious to see how beautiful that kid turns out with parents like Javier Bardem and Penelope.

Incidentally, has anyone else seen Jamon, Jamon? It was not only Penelope’s first movie but also featured some very steamy scenes (including standing-up sex) between her and Javier. And she was only 16 when the movie was shot! Learning that fact somehow makes the movie seem a lot more skeevy.

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

Photos courtesy of W Mag and The Fashion Spot

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  1. Guesto says:

    How tragic to see Jamon Jamon being described as skeevy because of Penny’s age at the time. They’re ACTORS, they were acting, it’s satire, deliciously so, with incredible performances from the entire cast. If anything, her age at the time is astonishing for what she brought to the character of Silvia.

    A fabulous movie, one of Almodovar’s best and funniest.

    • Ann says:

      Jamon Jamon is one of Almodovar’s best and funniest probably because it was directed by someone else, Bigas Luna!

      • Guesto says:

        God!! Of course it was. I associate her so much with Almodovar, I was automatically thinking of him. My mistake, thanks for correction. :)

  2. steph says:

    Wow she is beautiful. I haven’t even read the article yet, just had to say it!

  3. Bubbling says:

    She is a pure genius! I adore her and IMO she saved that Woody’s film Vicky Cristina!

  4. littlemissnaughty says:

    I really like her and she is one of those actresses who I completely believe when they say they’re very private and protective of their personal life. She doesn’t say one thing and then contradict it with her actions. Classy lady.

    I did a massive eye roll at the title for this post but since it was Almodóvar who said it, I don’t care. Sure, she probably said it in private and that’s okay.

    Um, also, Almodóvar’s name was fudged a couple of times up there.

  5. ramona says:

    Her freckles are absolutely gorgeous.

  6. Patricia says:

    If you don’t want to be hounded by paps don’t become a celebrity. Simple.

    • Pia says:

      Yep, let’s make sure all those aspiring actors and musicians just quit while they’re ahead and get cubicle jobs…

  7. Sachi says:

    I think her concern about the paparazzi is valid.

    In Spain, children’s faces (mostly minors) are prohibited from being published in the media, even the children of celebrities, politicians and other public figures. If the celebrity parents are photographed with the children, the children’s faces are blurred so they can’t be recognized.

    It’s why there was a debacle about the daughters of Spain’s former Prime Minister Zapatero being shown in American media and a lot of people in Spain were upset about it. Before that incident, the Spanish public didn’t know what the girls looked like. Their parents guarded their privacy and the media respected the law.

    Penelope’s comment may be about the differences between international paparazzi vs. Spanish paparazzi.

    I’m not sure if the media protection law only applies to the children of Spanish citizens, since I remember seeing Suri in an edition of Hola! magazine before without her face blurred.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      I think it depends on the country and the individuals, Heidi Klums children are always blurred on german TV/ in german magazines, and I think France has a pretty strict paparazzi law, too.

  8. koi..koi says:

    i like the pics

  9. lucy2 says:

    I used to find her annoying, mostly when she first got famous in the US and was always dating her costars, but after VCB I started to like her more.
    I don’t blame her one bit for being mad about the paparazzi hounding her and her child.

  10. ruby says:

    Those photos are stunning. That’s all I have to say.

  11. Nina says:

    She’s gorgeous and I love the freckles!

  12. hoya_chick says:

    The cover photo doesn’t even look like her!

  13. Pau says:

    Dont you think they retouched her nose a little too much on the cover?

  14. mayamae says:

    Not a fan, but then I’m a Nicole Kidman lover. Cruz and Cruise denied having an affair while he was still married but Cameron Crowe outed them. If you have a problem with one supposed “home wrecker”, you should have a problem with them all. We can argue all day that the married party has the larger portion of blame, but Cruz has a percentage of blame in my opinion.

    Interesting how Natalie Portman is criticized here for giving stinkeye looks to the paps and yet Cruz can potentially have stated she would like to kill the paparazzi and it’s a beautiful maternal moment.

  15. Ella says:

    “I have to admit to being slightly disingenous with the headline to this post”

    You’re the only person on the internets who admits to being “slightly disingenuous” with headlines.

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