Penélope Cruz has starred in some of the most thought-provoking and deepest films in recent years, yet behind that serious dedication to the craft of acting, she actually has a surprisingly silly hobby- karaoke.
The Spanish actress began performing karaoke to cope with her anxiety. The usually serious actress said, “I do it to have a laugh – and to laugh at myself when I need to.” And if you’re wondering what the “Volver” star chooses when she gets onstage, “My favorites are Blondie and I also love to rap: Biggie and Eminem.” We can’t imagine!
A Very Risky Directorial Debut
When most actors make the transition from actor to director, they usually part in a traditional film or television series, but not Penélope Cruz. The Spanish actress decided to put her sensual spin on a short film advertisement for the popular lingerie brand, Agent Provocateur.
The five-minute (though who was counting) ad featured a variety of women wearing the lingerie collection called L’Agent collection designed by Penélope and her sister Monica. As a special treat, husband Javier Bardem even makes an appearance! Talk about too hot to handle!
It would seem that in order to maintain a film career, one would have to live in La La Land, but Penélope Cruz defies that stereotype. The Spanish actress continues to live in her native city of Madrid and retains close connections to her Spanish family and culture.
Citing wanting to raise her children “myself”, Penelope moved back to the Spanish capital city after having lived in Los Angeles for several years. Not only was she close to her family and friends, but she wanted to distance herself from a city where everyone was “always talking about the industry”.
Though she has often played characters with questionable pasts, in real life, Penélope Cruz is actually quite straight-laced. Unlike so many other celebrities, she is known for her strict dedication to a healthy and balanced lifestyle - one that includes staying away from any illicit substances and even adult beverages!
She jokes that her reputation precedes her so much that when she showed up at an Oscar party once, many of her friends said "Wow, I can’t believe it’s 2 am and you’re still here!" Apparently, she parties only “once every two years!’
While many celebrities are given designer gowns for special events, it’s not every day that a major fashion icon makes you his muse. In 2018, the late Karl Lagerfeld, the long-time creative director of French luxury brand Chanel chose Penélope Cruz to be the brand’s ambassador.
Penélope, who had worn Chanel’s creations since she was 19, was excited to work with the “king of fashion.” Though Karl passed, Penélope is still often seen wearing elaborately designed Chanel fashions and even wore some of the late designer’s pieces in her 2009 film, “Broken Embraces.”