Penélope Cruz Sánchez is a Spanish actress and model, best known for portraying María Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2008. She is the first Spanish actress in the history to receive a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame and an Academy Award. In 2014, she was named Esquire magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive. She was born to Encarna, a hairdresser and Eduardo Cruz, a retailer and auto mechanic. Cruz married to Spanish actor, Javier Bardem, and a mother of two children, a son, and a daughter. She has an astonishing amount of net worth.
Accounting her personal life, she is a happily married woman. She has been enjoying her marital relationship with a Spanish actor since 2010 and the couple is blessed with a son and daughter. She has had affairs with lots of high prolific Hollywood celebrities in her past days and was often romantically linked with actor Josh Hartnett.
Penelope was born on 28 April 1974 in the Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain. She is Spanish and belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity. She is a daughter of Encarna Sanchez, a hairdresser, and personal manager, and Eduardo Cruz, a retailer and car mechanic.
Penelope Cruz was raised in Alcobendas in a Roman Catholic family along with her two siblings Monica Cruz and Eduardo Cruz. Since her early age, Cruz was interested in acting and modeling. She learned Classical Ballet for nine years at Spain’s National Conservatory followed by four years course at Theatre study in New York School. Besides this, she participated in various auditions and programs.
Penelope Cruz faces many rejections during her initial phase of career but she didn't lose hope and continued to auditions. In 1989, she gets her victory after getting selected over 300 girls in the audition at a talent agency.
Cruz first appeared on camera for the Spanish pop group, Mecano music video, 'La Fuerza del Destino’. Following the music video, she was regularly featured on TV throughout the 1990s. She served host for the teenage talk show, La Quinta Marcha. She also starred in one of the episodes of an erotic French TV series called ‘Série rose’
Penélope Cruz made her big screen debut in 1992 with the feature film, Jamon, Jamon. She played the role of the female protagonist, Silvia. The movie helped her to skyrocket her movie career.
Later, she appeared in Oscar-winning movie, Belle Epoque, and many other movies. Soon she became popular successful Spanish and Italian films actor.
Some of her screen Spanish movies includes Carne Tremula, Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health, Live Flesh, Open Your Eye, The Hi-Lo Country, Don Juan, The Girl of Your Dreams, All About My Mother and other
Meanwhile, she learned ballet and English to enrolled herself in American movies. She moved to Hollywood at the age of 25 and she cast in Woman on Top. In 2000, she played the romantic lead in Billy Bob Thornton's directorial movie, All the Pretty Horses.
In 2001 she cast in the movie Vanilla Sky an interpretation of the Spanish film Open Your Eyes. After the success of a movie, she gained fame among international audiences.
Cruz cast along with Johnny Deep in Blow, though the movie received comments, Cruz and Deep chemistry were loved by audiences. Despite the success, some of her movies garnered negative response too like Don't Tempt Me, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Waking Up in Reno to Gothika, Fanfan la Tulipe, Noel, and Head in the Clouds.
In 2006, Cruz starred in the western comedy film, Bandidas. Following Volver from where she earned numerous awards. After a year, she cast in the Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She portrayed the character of María Elena, a mentally unstable woman, with absolute perfection. Her role earned her first Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress.
In 2010, she made a cameo in the film, Sex and the City 2, the sequel of the 2008 hit movie, Sex, and the City. Following year, she was a part of the fourth franchise of Pirates of the Caribbean tilted Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. She portrayed the character of Angelica, former love interest of Jack Sparrow.
In 2018, Cruz will hit the screen with the second season of the FX anthology series American Crime Story entitled The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Penelope Cruz married to Javier Bardem, the Spanish actor. The duo first encounter on the set of 1992 Spanish comedy/drama film, Jamón Jamón. But that time they were just good friends.
The couple started dating in 2007 and after dating for nearly three years, the couple exchanged a vow in July 2010 at a private ceremony at a friend's home in the Bahamas.
The pair is proud parents of two children, a son, Leo Encinas Cruz (born on 2011) and a daughter, Luna Encinas Cruz (born on 2013). Cruz became a public advocate of breastfeeding since the birth of her children. Both husband and wife are only Spanish couples who bagged Oscars.
Prior, Bardem she is in a romantic relationship with an actor, Tom Cruise. The couple are together for three years before they broken up in 2004
Penélope Cruz is one of the successful movie stars, She has an estimated net worth of $55 million. Her annual salary is $8 million.
Penélope Cruz Affairs
First Affair with Nacho Cano
He is a Spanish musician with whom Penelope dated in the '90s, and they were reported living together for several years.
Second Affair with Gigi Sarasola
His actual name is Fernanado Sarasola, who started dating Penelope in the year 1998. He is from Spain.
Third Affair with Thomas Obermaier
She dated the Czech filmmaker Tomas Obermaier in the late '90s. Due to their busy schedule they broke up.
Fourth Affair with Tom Cruise
The two started dating after co-starring in the movie "Vanilla Sky". Though they broke up they are still good friends.
Fifth Affair with Matthew McConaughey
After starring together in the film "Sahara", the two started dating. The main reason for their divorce was their busy schedule.
Sixth Affair with Sean Combs
Sean John Combs also known as Puff Daddy, is an American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur. They dated shortly in the year 2007.