She also has a paternal half-sister, Salma. I would think of a character and pretend to be someone else. I was studying when I was in high school at night, I was in ballet and I was doing castings. I looked for an agent and she sent me away three times because I was a little girl but I kept coming back. I'm still with her after all these years. It was obvious there was something very impressive about this kid She was very green, but there was a presence.
There was just something coming from within. Between and , she hosted the Spanish TV channel Telecinco 's talk show La Quinta Marcha, a programme that was hosted by teenagers, aimed at a teenage audience. People magazine noted that after Cruz appeared topless in the film, she became "a major sex symbol".
I wasn't really ready for the nudity. She recalls learning English "kind of late," previously knowing only the dialogue she had learned for the casting and the phrases, "How are you? She portrays Diana, a fan of the Beatles band member John Lennon ; she tries unsuccessfully to meet him. Years later, after multiple failed relationships, Diana re-unites with an acquaintance under unusual circumstances.
She plays Sofia, the love interest of Eduardo Noriega's lead character. Open Your Eyes received positive reviews,  and was later remade by U. Laforest of the Montreal Film Journal commented in his September review that Cruz "has been getting some really bad reviews for her recent American work, but I personally think that she's a more than decent actress, especially here, where she's charming, moving and always believable.
Cruz's performance in the film was praised by film critics, with Jonathan Holloland of Variety magazine writing "if confirmation is still needed that Cruz is an actress first and a pretty face second, then here it is".
She had a supporting role as Mirtha Jung, the wife of Johnny Depp 's character. The film received negative reviews.
David Rooney of Variety wrote that Cruz "adds a serviceably malevolent edge to Chole's apparent madness". Canoe said, "The story feels forced and the performances dreary, with the notable exception of Cruz, who seems to be in a different film from the rest of the cast. Eva Rojas in the action adventure Sahara. Moviefone dubbed the film "one of the most famous flops in history" and in , listed it at 24 on its list of "Biggest Box-Office Turkeys of All Time". Eric Harrison of the Houston Chronicle noted that Cruz "goes all out" with her appearance  and Patrick Peters of Empire magazine commented that the film's director, who also appears in the film, was able to draw a "sensitive performance" from Cruz.
Randy Cordova of the Arizona Republic said the film "sports" Cruz and her co-star Salma Hayek as the "lusty dream team" and that they were the "marketing fantasy" for the film. Carina Chocano of The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Cruz, who has remarked that in Hollywood she's rarely allowed to be anything more than pretty, instills her with an awesome resoluteness and strength of character.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian praised Cruz's performance in the film. Cruz was the first Spanish actress to ever be awarded an Academy Award in that category  and the sixth Hispanic person to ever receive the award. Stephanie Zacharek of Salon. Cruz's final film was the film version of the musical Nine , playing the character Carla Albanese, the lead character's mistress.
Variety reported that Cruz had originally auditioned for the role of the film within a film's star,  Claudia, which eventually went to Nicole Kidman.
Cruz said that she trained for three months for the dance routine in the film. Cruz at the Cannes Film Festival Cruz's only film of was Sex and the City 2 , the sequel to the film , in which she appeared as a banker in a cameo role. On Stranger Tides , the fourth installment in the film series , opposite Johnny Depp.
In the film, Cruz portrayed Angelica , a former love interest of Jack Sparrow , who blames him for her corruption.
Cruz was the only actress considered for the role, as she fit Marshall's description. He invited her for the role as they wrapped the production of Nine. She became the first Spanish actress to receive a Star. The crime thriller follows a lawyer who, tempted by the lure of quick money, finds himself involved in drug dealing with ruthless Mexican cartels. Cruz plays his girlfriend, Laura, the only innocent character in the story.
In it, she plays Magda, a gutsy mother and unemployed teacher, who is diagnosed with breast cancer , a role which Cruz later cited as "one of the most complex, beautiful characters I've ever been offered, the most difficult. Specifically written for her persona, Cruz, a fan of the original film , was one of the first actors to be cast in their parts. Selected to be shown in the Berlinale Special section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival ,  the Spanish comedy-drama was screened to lukewarm reviews,  but received five nominations at the 31st Goya Awards , earning her Cruz her ninth nomination.
The mystery — drama ensemble film follows world-renowned detective Hercule Poirot , who seeks to solve a murder on the famous European train in the s.
It marked Cruz's first television role. In addition, Cruz will reteam with Bardem on the Spanish-language psychological thriller film Everybody Knows , directed by Asghar Farhadi.
No one will take you seriously once you are known as the pretty woman. The campaign was shot by Mario Testino at Paris 's Hotel de Crillon and debuted in the autumn of In addition to work in Nepal , she has volunteered in Uganda and India, where she spent a week working with Mother Teresa that included assisting in a leprosy clinic.
She also photographed residents at the Pacific Lodge Boys' Home, most of whom are former gang members and recovering substance abusers. I have to control myself not to cry. Not out of pity, but seeing how tricky life is and how hard it is to make the right choices. Cruz began dating Bardem in and they married in early July in a private ceremony at a friend's home in the Bahamas.
Cruz had a three-year relationship with Tom Cruise after they appeared together in Vanilla Sky. It ended in January