My ambition is to be happy.— Penelope Cruz
The most remarkable Penelope Cruz quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
I am amazed about how everyone wants to know about my love life.
They whisper to me, 'Tell me the truth? Is it true?' Who cares? Because we have this job, we are to say to everybody what we do, or with whom we sleep? It's a bit absurd, but that's why everybody lies so much.
My definition of beauty is without rules.
It can be the face of a beautiful 90-year-old woman that is full of stories and emotion. Beauty is what somebody's eyes communicate.
We need to stop the dying and start the living; stop the hunger and start the hoping.
I think magic is very related to happiness.
So it is not there all the time, but there are beautiful moments of magic in everyone's life.
I would close down all those teenage magazines that encourage young girls to diet. Who says that to be pretty you have to be thin? Some people look better thin and some don't. There is almost a standard being created where only thin is acceptable. The influence of those magazines on girls as young as 13 is horrific.
Every relationship ends, until maybe you find one that lasts forever.
It is a revolutionary experience. That's the best way I can describe it. It transforms you completely, in a second. Nature is very wise and gives you nine months to prepare, but in that moment-when you see that face, you are transformed forever.
The most difficult thing in the world is to start a career known only for your looks, and then to try to become a serious actress. No one will take you seriously once you are known as the pretty woman.
I don't think I am beautiful. I can look good and I can look ugly.
Sometimes, when things go well on a set, or when you are working with somebody like Pedro Almodovar, Woody Allen, Rob Marshall or somebody so talented and so inspiring, it's really beautiful, what happens there.
The most important lesson I've learned in this business is how to say no.
I have said no to a lot of temptations, and I am glad I did.
When you really have the preparation time and things start taking the shape that they need, you have a beautiful feeling that comes from the hard work.
I never grew up dreaming about a wedding - I don't think about things like that.
I don't know how to explain it. All I care about is to be happy.
Nothing is going to happen to you if you throw salt on the floor, stand under a ladder, or see eight black cats on the street.
I have stepped off the relationship scene to come to terms with myself.
I have spent most of my adult life being 'someone's girlfriend', and now I am happy being single.
I don't know if I believe in marriage. I believe in family, love and children.
As an actress, I really love people like Anna Magnani and Debra Winger.
I also think there is nobody better than Meryl Streep.
It feels great and it's very beautiful when you can bring someone of your own nationality into a story, where even the historic element of it is important. I loved that I could use my own accent for the character.
I'm not like Puff Daddy, I hold my own umbrella.
I would always cast Meryl Streep for everything.
I would do with something inspired by the work of Guy Bourdin, my favorite photographer.
I have seen water availability change drastically in my own lifetime.
Around the world, millions of people are already living in a true water crisis.
I love learning on the set. But, directing is not something I want to do.
When I was on the set, I was not talking on the phone or reading anything else.
I was just reading things, listening to music and watching things that had to do with the state of the scene. So it would be a constant, maintaining for the whole day that state. If I had an hour off for lunch, I would put on a movie or something that would help me stay in that area. And at the end of the day, I was like a zombie.
We must act now to make sure fresh water is available to everyone, no matter where they live. The consequences of doing nothing will be even more catastrophic.
I was happy that I finally could play a mature woman, because I started working when I was a teenager and was always playing characters according to my age.
I spend so much time living by myself - mostly in hotels - and I pick up cats when I'm feeling particularly lonely.
Pedro Almodóvar asked me to watch italian films again as homework to look at the energy of all those women from the Italian neo-realist films. A lot of them had those characters that represented motherhood. For some reason, in the '50s in Italy, the mother figure was very important - and my character needed to have that energy.
It's fun for women to be in a Western.
And I had to learn how to handle the guns. I would walk around with the fake guns. It takes a lot of practice to twirl them around - but I can do a lot of crazy things now from movies. I can gallop a camel! Give me a camel, I know how to start it and stop it!
I've worked myself to exhaustion before.
I was so young, and I thought I could do everything; it was just too much for my body and my mind.
I want to have babies one day but not right now.
When I do it I want to do it really well. I want it to be my best project in life.
In my house every Sunday, everybody was cleaning the house.
There was always music, and everybody was dancing, sometimes naked around the house. Not hippie, but very free.
He can have my body, but he will never have my soul. never!
I want to work with Johnny Depp.
It's great working with my sister, because we are very close as a family - my brother, my sister and myself. We have a great relationship.
the older I am, the more I refuse to treat my work as therapy and the more I think it's less honest to do that, less about acting. When I was younger, I sometimes used personal things in creating characters, to the point where I thought maybe it was a little bit dangerous - at least for me. But I don't feel that somebody can only be good in a character if they are really becoming that person or really suffering.
I had things with numbers - because I love numbers - but it's not something I'm proud of. I'm proud that I was able to send them away, because you're much more present.
My plate is full with just acting. I want to focus on that, and then maybe direct in the future.
When I start a movie, the first day, I feel like a duck.
I'm very honored to play one of the women in the movie Volver, and it was special acting with all those other talented actresses. Carmen Maura is a legend and it was a thrill to make a movie with her.
When I am dreaming at night, I see everything as a shot from a movie.
I have cranes and extras in my dreams. I swear to you! It doesn't happen every day, but many nights my dreams are like a movie. I don't see normal movement - I see things in very complicated shots.
I can cook a few things. I always save the same recipes to impress my friends, and I always do two or three things, so they think I can cook. But I don't know how to do anything else.
We had a great connection with Pedro Almodovar from the beginning.
Even before I met him, it was so strange. I felt like I already knew him. I loved him even before I met him. It was so powerful. And when I looked at him in the eyes, this was the feeling that I knew I was going to have with him. It gets bigger and bigger every day. I adore him. It's much more than working together. He's a really special person in my life.
The good thing is that I have always had wonderful people around me.
It's dangerous when you start earning a lot of money and you become famous when you are too young.
I have food every day on the table, I have a family, friends, health - all the things without which it wouldn't matter how many roles I get to play.
Being actors we are dealing with the beauty and complexity of human confusion, no? And we are always trying to get answers.
The one philosophy or religion I find I am most close to is the Buddhist one.
I think it is the one that respects others and the one that doesn't say that this is the only way. I think happiness is the moment when - if you've forgotten those little things - they suddenly come back into focus for you.
It's very much like a torture sometimes, the process of trying to get rid of an accent.
There is a magic factor that is sometimes on a movie set, that is a really, really beautiful thing that cannot be compared to anything else, if you are somebody that is really passionate about acting or directing or the world of movies.
I really think insecurity is something that comes with being an actor - I don't know actors who aren't insecure. I do think I kind of lie to myself - there is a percentage of ego involved. And I don't say that's a bad thing - it's good to know that it's there whether we like it or not. But ego is like a lion that we have to keep under control.