A Minute With: Penelope Cruz on not playing it safe on set

Wed Dec 4, 2013 10:22am EST
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By Michael Roddy

LONDON (Reuters) - Penelope Cruz plays a barren wife in one of her new movies and a doomed fiancée in another, but her own family life is strictly off limits.

The 39-year-old Spanish mother of two has played the dark-haired beauty for directors Pedro Almodovar and Woody Allen, toyed around with Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean" and engaged in intimate scenes with Michael Fassbender as his fiancée in this year's Cormac McCarthy-scripted "The Counselor."

Apologizing profusely, Cruz delayed an interview at a London pub focusing on her other new movie, "Twice Born", which opens in the United States this month, for a half hour so she could rush home to feed her infant daughter.

Later, when asked how she and husband Javier Bardem share childminding chores, she said: "I don't talk about them, in interviews, my kids. I don't talk about them because I really try to protect them from that other part of the business."

The Madrid native does talk about the roles she is taking now that she is on the young side of middle age, roles that may surprise fans.

"I love not feeling safe when I get to the set," said Cruz, wearing a dark-colored parka to counter the pub's chilliness.

The "not safe" role she wants to discuss is her portrayal of Gemma, an infertile woman, in "Twice Born." The film had mixed reviews for its European run during 2012.

Based on a book by Italian author Margaret Mazzantini that Cruz says she loved, the film portrays a love affair between a daredevil American photographer, Diego, and Cruz's academic researcher set at the time of the 1990s Bosnia war.   Continued...

Actress Penelope Cruz poses for photographers at a photocall for the film "The Counselor" in London October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris