Once I meet Penélope Cruz tucked away in a backyard room within the very stylish Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera, the 43-year-old actor appears to be like each inch the glamorous Hollywood icon. Her pink Alaïa gown hugs her petite, curvaceous determine and, as you’d count on from a former ballerina, her posture is ideal. Solely the tiny traces round her eyes as she smiles and invitations me to take a seat down give a nod to her age.
Within the period of social media, the place with a fast Instagram scroll you possibly can uncover what Gwyneth Paltrow is doing on vacation together with her children, or how the Beckhams are celebrating their daughter’s birthday, Penélope represents a really totally different sort of movie star: one who likes her personal life very personal.
When she began courting her now husband, Javier Bardem, whereas the pair have been filming Vicky Cristina Barcelona, they managed to go undetected for months, with rumours circulating about Bardem and co-star Scarlett Johansson as a substitute.
They now have two youngsters – six-year-old Leo, and Luna, who’s simply turned 4. Whereas Javier nonetheless makes movies, Penélope has taken a step again.
“My priorities have actually modified over time,” she explains. “I wish to elevate my children and I do not wish to be away from them. The primary query I ask a few movie is the place on the earth is it being shot, the subsequent query is when, after which I take a look at the undertaking. I do not need initiatives that may symbolize that problem, when it comes to not with the ability to be collectively.
“This yr, I’ve began to work a bit extra, however my rhythm is rarely going to be the identical as after I was 25, after I was doing 4 movies a yr. As a result of that is not the rhythm I need in my life. I need high quality time with my household, and I am very fortunate that I’ve a job that I really like and I can mix each.”
Penélope’s fiercely protecting of her youngsters’s privateness and her two-million-strong Instagram following should not count on to see a household snap.
“You’ll by no means see an image of my children on Instagram,” she says sternly. “I’ll by no means do this. I really feel like I’m accountable to guard that privateness. I’d publish an image with a pal, or an image with [fashion photographers] Mert & Marcus right here and there, or my finest pal who’s additionally an actor [Salma Hayek]. However there’s at all times a line.”
Maintaining her private lives separate has served the actor properly and created a way of thriller round her. She switched from dancing to performing when she was 15 and starred in he Oscar-winning Belle Epoque in 1992, nevertheless it wasn’t till 2008 that she received Finest Supporting Actress Oscar for Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
To some, although, she’s higher recognized for lighter, extra mainstream roles, similar to undercover agent Valentina Valencia in Zoolander 2, or as Angelica in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This yr she has yet another movie as a result of be launched, the newest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Homicide on the Orient Specific, following the current launch of Loving Pablo, by which she stars alongside her husband.
After we attain the subject of Lancôme’s Trésor perfume, of which she’s the face (in addition to its new Superior Génifique Serum), she is equally passionate.
“Once I’m making films, I do not put on my very own fragrance. I select scents for my characters. Generally it might be a child fragrance, or a perfume that no one is aware of that I discover in a market someplace, or a physique oil. It is no matter I feel the character will scent like. But it surely’s by no means Trésor, that’s mine and it is for the particular moments in my life.”
Moments similar to her wedding ceremony, at a pal’s Bahamas residence in 2010, for which she wore a gown by John Galliano, one other pal. Naturally, no journal was invited.
Penélope’s affection for the sweetness trade goes again to her childhood. “My mom had a salon that did hair, nails, waxing. I might go there after faculty and faux to do my homework, however can be watching the ladies and the way in which they associated to my mom.
“They’d sit there and share all their deepest secrets and techniques about their love lives. Getting just a little time for themselves was so therapeutic – it was greater than only a haircut. For me, it was greater than only a salon, it was my first performing faculty.”
She nonetheless enjoys pampering ladies. “I like my profession, however I really like getting folks prepared for one thing as a result of it is part of me. I can lower anybody’s hair, no downside. I can do a blow-dry, I can put in rollers, I can wax anyone’s legs. I might have one other job.”
In actual fact, she cuts a few of her household and buddies’ hair, and Salma Hayek can testify to her waxing expertise. “The ability had gone at Salma’s home and her make-up artist could not come, so she known as me and stated, ‘You must get me prepared for this premiere.’ And I lit some candles and did her hair and make-up too. Nobody seen that it wasn’t accomplished by knowledgeable, so I used to be very pleased with that.”
Whereas she enjoys getting others prepared, Penélope has little time for pampering herself. “Once I’m in hair and make-up at work, I am going to both be learning a script, or studying a ebook, or checking my emails. I am at all times utilizing that point; I at all times need to be doing one thing.”
Her off-duty make-up and hair is pared again and easy. Whereas Penélope is an ardent advocate for Lancôme’s merchandise, for her, vitamin is vital. “I examine it always,” she says. “In fact I consider in drugs, however I feel good meals is preventative drugs and it is unimaginable what occurs if you eat properly.”
Nonetheless, do not count on her to be writing a ebook on vitamin any time quickly, or to be lecturing you about what to eat. “Everyone is totally different. What’s unhealthy for me may not be unhealthy for you.
“I’ve a gluten intolerance however you may not, though it has been confirmed to not be one of the best factor for irritation. Sugar is one other factor I keep away from, however that does not imply I do not eat dessert. I simply use different issues, similar to honey or coconut sugar. You discover new methods to eat what you need, you simply need to have the fitting data.”
There may be one tip that Penélope fortunately promotes, although. “I eat lots of good issues, however I by no means take a look at the quantity. I by no means suppose, ‘Oh, I ought to eat much less of this.’ I’ve by no means been on a weight loss plan. I simply know what to eat.” In that case, we’ll have what she’s having
Penélope Cruz is the face of Lancôme La Nuit Trésor perfume; lancome.com.au. Homicide on the Orient Specific is in cinemas on November 9.