Although I can't say I've ever knowingly watched one of her films*, over the years I've nevertheless gotten to know Penélope Cruz in the usual manner - namely, from the tabloids and by watching her in interviews. Whatever I've seen has impressed me - or at least impressed me enough to award her the singular honour of Gratuitous Brunette on this, the occasion of her birthday**.
Admittedly the whole 'relationship with Tom Cruise' thing was a bit weird, but then I've already said too much... Cruz has often been outspoken about the effect the tabloid press has on people's ethics. I'd probably agree with her if I'd ever had any ethics to begin with! When you're a puny outlet in the brave new world of new media you gather your information in any way you can, and I don't see her beating my door down to offer me an exclusive interview.
A n y w a y... When not lighting up the silver screen Cruz busies herself with extensive charity works and within the fashion world, especially at the boutique she owns - called Amarcord - in the tony Salamanca district of her hometown, Madrid; additionally Cruz has modeled for Mango, Ralph Lauren and L'Oreal.
*I haven't. I checked. But that's not to say I wouldn't... Several of them have been directed by Pedro Almodóvar and one is a Woody Allen movie! Something tells me, though, I'll probably see her in Sex and the City 2 first...
**I promise, this is a legitimate post and not filler... Honest!
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