Penélope Cruz Sánchez (born April 28, 1974 in Alcobendas, Spain) is a Spanish actress.
She's best known for such movies as Blow, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Bandidas, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and almost every film Pedro Almodóvar has made since 1997. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Volver and Nine (Musical), won for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
She has a nearly identical younger sister who's also an actress (and fashion model), Mónica Cruz. Penelope has been married to actor Javier Bardem since 2010, with whom she has a son and a daughter.
Films of her with pages on TV Tropes:
- Belle Époque (1992)
- Open Your Eyes (1997)
- All About My Mother (1999)
- All the Pretty Horses (2000)
- Blow (2001)
- Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
- Vanilla Sky (2001) — American remake of Open Your Eyes
- Gothika (2003)
- Fanfan la Tulipe (2003)
- Head in the Clouds (2004)
- Sahara (2005)
- Bandidas (2006)
- Volver (2006)
- Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
- G-Force (2009, voice)
- Nine (Musical) (2009)
- Sex and the City 2 (2010)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
- To Rome with Love (2012)
- The Counselor (2013)
- Zoolander 2 (2016)
- Grimsby (2016)
- Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
- The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (2018)
- Pain and Glory (2019)
- Home Movie: The Princess Bride (2020)
- The 355 (2022)
- Ferrari (2023)
Cruz's works provide examples of:
- Fake Nationality: She has made a career in Hollywood playing either an American or interchangeable Latin American nationalities (Mexican, Colombian...), despite being from Spain.
- Hide Your Pregnancy: During the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
- Making Use of the Twin: Her nearly identical younger sister Mónica acted as a double of her in some scenes of On Stranger Tides in order to hide her pregnancy. She has also been a punctual Poor Man's Substitute.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her beauty has been shown off many times throughout her filmography.
- Romance on the Set: With Tom Cruise on Vanilla Sky, Matthew McConaughey on Sahara (2005), and Javier Bardem in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, although with Bardem they have acted together in films several times prior.
- Spicy Latina: She has played a few in her career.