Almodovar shoots his films in sequence, so while Janis may not know what tragedy is around the corner, Cruz understands it all too well and starts counting down the days until his heaviest scenes. “I knew it was going to be hardcore adrenaline, possibly the most intense shoot ever, and it was,” she said. However, she held back all those feelings, as did Janice, until the climax proved so poignant for the film that Almodovar then helped a devastated Cruz up off the floor.
“I wish you could do it without suffering so much,” Almodovar told her at the time. But that wasn’t how Cruz saw things.
“When I look back, I don’t remember it as suffering,” she said, “because it was for her, for Janice, or for all the women who might have been in a similar situation of losing what they love most.” . For me, she was alive. She is the real being that he created.”
So when Cruz says Parallel Mothers is the hardest thing she’s ever done, she means it in a good way: while Janice and Cruz seem so similar at first, this woman’s acting took Cruz further from herself. than she could have expected. “I have a smile on my face because she gave me so much and made me feel so creative,” she insisted. “I was emotionally drained, but at the same time I was enjoying every second.”
ASK PEOPLE who know how to best describe Penelope Cruz and one adjective always pops up. “All my life I’ve heard how stubborn I am,” Cruz told me and paused. “I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m a Taurus.”
Be that as it may, this stubbornness served her well. When Cruz was 14 years old and she wanted to pursue acting, she applied for New Faces in Madrid, hosted by Katrina Bayonas’ agent. You must be at least 16 to enter, so Cruz lied. Bayonas, suspecting a lie, let Cruz read the mundane scene from Casablanca, knowing that the young girl would be confused.