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Penelope Cruz in the Press Room at the 2009 Oscars

Penelope Cruz: "That Was a Magical Moment"

After Penelope Cruz's graceful, sweet acceptance speech (including the lovely line "Art in any form is our universal language") when she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, she came back to the press interview room and answered some questions. Here's what I learned. . .

On Woody Allen: "I'm going to call Woody right now . . . I call Woody sometimes just to say hello. I adore him, I just think he's so funny and charming and unique. And of course I have to call Woody, to thank him."

On insecurity while working on a film: "I'm always insecure on a set, no matter what. When you're working with Woody Allen, you know you can trust the person you're working with . . . We just trust in him. We did the whole movie in four weeks . . . I was never doubting the genius of Woody Allen."

On the musical movie she's shooting, Nine: "I think that movie is going to be great. We are very happy and very proud." She says Sophia Loren is one of the most special people she's ever met, and that she's become like a second mom to her. "She's really a woman of a gold with heart. No . . . what did I say? No, a woman . . . with a heart of gold!"

On having an accent, not being from America, and working in Hollywood:
"We are all mixed together, more and more each day and that has to be reflected in cinema. So I am happy that today that door is more and more open."

On the presentation of the award by the past Best Supporting Actress winners: "That was a magical moment."

Photo copyright 2009 ABC, Inc.

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