In 2006, Penélope Cruz got to do what most of us dream of doing – she got the opportunity to work alongside her best friend, award-winning actress Salma Hayek. The two beauties starred in the Western-themed comedy “Bandidas.”
While many thought that the promise of both actresses in tight historical corsets would be enough to gain audiences, the film unfortunately flopped. Though, we wouldn’t complain if we got paid to wear fun costumes and hang out with our best friends!
A New Love
Though their film “Sahara” was a flop, actors Matthew McConaughey and Penélope Cruz’s relationship was red-hot. Though he admitted that there was a “bit of a language barrier” between him and the Spanish beauty, he called Penelope one of the “best listeners I’ve ever met.”
Beginning in 2005, the two stars were photographed together off and on the red carpet. Sadly, just about a year after meeting on the set of their film, the two parted ways (allegedly when McConaughey locked eyes on his now-current wife, model Camila Alves!).
The Star She Was Meant to Be
Though she was still reeling from her breakup with rom-com superstar Matthew McConaughey, Penélope Cruz’s career was back on track. The star was cast in Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar 's critically acclaimed film “ Volver.”
The dramatic role resulted in universal praise and several acting award nominations including becoming the first Spanish actress to be nominated for an Academy Award (for Best Actress in a lead role). Though she didn’t win the oscar that year, Hollywood took note - Penelope was more than just a pretty face, she was a super talented actress.
Officially a Star
Though Penélope Cruz had proven her acting chops in critically-acclaimed films like “Volver”, her role in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona'' earned her an Academy Award, making her the first Spanish actress to win an Oscar. Playing an over-the-top ex-wife of an artist, Penélope seemed to deliver the greatest performance in the movie - pretty impressive considering she starred alongside talented stars like Scarlett Johansson and future husband Javier Bardem.
The film was also important because it became a meeting place to work with Javier again, the last time since they had starred in “Jamón Jamón”.
Superstar and Fashion Designer
When it comes to red-carpet fashion coverage, Penélope Cruz is one of the most highly-anticipated and beloved celebrities by fashion and celebrity journalists. Her natural beauty and sense of style have been put to good use by the Spanish actress in a variety of creative endeavors.
In 2007 she and her sister Monica began designing collections for the Spanish fast-fashion chain Mango and became the faces of the popular fashion chain. With her close relationships with some of the world’s greatest designers, we’re sure she picked up a thing or two!