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Photos of Penelope Cruz Shopping at Chanel in Paris

Penelope Shops Before the Oscar Nominations Are Revealed

Penelope Cruz looked casually chic as she walked around the Chanel store in Paris yesterday. She's been getting lots of recognition for her work in Vicky Cristina Barcelona this award season, and tomorrow morning we'll find out if she can add Oscar nominee to her already impressive list of accolades. She recently made time to chat about her film, as well as her childhood and a low point in her past. Here's more:

  • On having a breakdown in 2002: "I was so young and I thought I could do everything, but it was all too much for my body and my mind. . . I did not stop working for the whole summer, and then I went to Calcutta where I was making a documentary for a Spanish foundation to raise money for kids. I couldn't delay the trip even though I was so tired, so when I returned to America afterwards, I broke down - out of exhaustion and also because of everything I saw in India. I would just work, work, work. I think that now I have more discipline that way I've learned that I must take time to rest and not just go from set to set, from film to film."
  • On her childhood: "We didn't have much money then, no. But we had what we needed. We had enough, but also not too much so that we were not growing up in a way that money was of no value. It had a big value because my parents had to work so hard, six days a week, just so we could have the basics. I loved being part of a family like that, where both my dad and my mother worked very, very hard. It was very inspiring for me to see that my mum was so strong. It was both of them bringing us up. I loved growing up like that."
  • On finding happiness: "I would do four movies a year before, while now I have a situation that is more disciplined. I don't want to be doing four movies a year and I haven't done that for the last few years. Nowadays, I am very happy in my life."

Whatever tomorrow brings, Penelope is in a great place, and she has Javier who's by her side regardless of the professional honors that come her way.


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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
For some reason, I can't stand her.
chocosora chocosora 7 years
I really dont find her a strong actress and Im dreading the undeserving accolodes for The Dark Knight.Im more impressed with the Wrestler,The Reader and Slumdog Millionaire.
spacebear spacebear 7 years
oops, i guess you mean for vicky christina! she was really good in the movie.
spacebear spacebear 7 years
i really thought she had been nominated before for one of almodivar's films??
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i can't wait to find out who's getting oscar buzz this year - and i hope that she gets something, or that perhaps we;ll FINALLY get to see her and her man on the red carpet together!
MizK MizK 7 years
Aww she's so beautiful, I'm glad she's in a good place in her life right now.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I heat when celebs complain about their work. The average person works the entire year (except for 2 weeks that they get off) and a lot of people work harder, so lady don't complain
moviequeen moviequeen 7 years
She looks good!
moviequeen moviequeen 7 years
She looks good!
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