Woah! This is certainly a new look for Penelope Cruz! The Spanish senorita gets a Robert Palmer video girl makeover for the latest issue of Interview magazine in which she discusses her latest role in the Rob Marshall flick "Nine" with co-star Marion Cotillard. To read the full article (which contains very cute banter between Penny and Marion), simply click here. In the meantime, here are a few excerpts from the mag as well as Penelope's editorial. Enjoy!
On when she knew she wanted to be an actress: "I think since I was around four years old. I remember playing with some friends and being aware that I was acting as I was playing with them—I would think of a character and pretend to be someone else. My parents also took me to ballet school, and there I think I was able to start communicating those feelings or emotions—I danced for so many years. And then, when I was 10 or 11, I became a very big fan of movies."
On her favorite place in the world: "I really like the Caribbean. Anyplace in the Caribbean. I get there, and I feel like a monkey—the perfect state. [laughs] Of course, I also like my city very much because I live there part of the time."
On her inspirations as an actress and a woman: "As an actress, I really love people like Anna Magnani and Debra Winger. I also think there is nobody better than Meryl Streep. I watch her movies over and over again—I saw Silkwood  again a couple of weeks ago, and it made me just want to kiss her feet. We only know each other from seeing each other at awards ceremonies or those kinds of events, but whenever I see her, I always go up to her and start kissing her. I don’t even say anything—I just kiss her. She must think I’m some crazy person. [both laugh] And then, from the women in my life, I have to say that I have a very special relationship with my mother. She had me when she was 21, so she was very young. I’ve always been able to talk to her about everything. Since I was a little girl, nothing was taboo in my house. She’s been the person who I’ve looked to for inspiration for many of the characters that Pedro writes because she’s really a force of nature. She’s very strong."
On her dream dinner date: "This is very interesting. I would take Federico Fellini, Billy Wilder, Woody Allen, and Pedro Almodóvar, and I would make broken eggs, which is a Spanish dish. It’s all fried, and it’s very fattening, with a lot of oil, salt, eggs, and potatoes. I know how to make it, and it’s so greasy, but there is a truth to it. Can you imagine this group?"