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ctor Penelope Cruz says that af­ter moth­er­hood, her ego has “got­ten smaller” and she does not care any­more about what peo­ple think of her.

How­ever, the 43-year-old star says that she may have stopped get­ting af­fected by peo­ple’s per­cep­tion, but has de­vel­oped new fears, re­ports In­ter­view magazine.

“I’m happy to say that my ego has got­ten smaller over time. I used to be so afraid about what peo­ple were go­ing to think of me, if I was go­ing to be ac­cepted, if I was go­ing to be loved. I put a lot of en­ergy into the per­cep­tion of my­self,” says Cruz.

All that changed when she had her first child. Cruz is mar­ried to an­other Span­ish su­per­star, the Os­car-win­ning ac­tor Javier Bar­dem. He was her co-star in the film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). They mar­ried in 2010 and have two chil­dren, son Leonard and daugh­ter Luna.

In an ear­lier in­ter­view, in 2013, when the chil­dren were tod­dlers, Cruz had said about be­ing a mom, “It fills you so much it doesn’t mat­ter that you’re al­ways ex­hausted. It gives you so much hap­pi­ness. You want to en­joy ev­ery sec­ond.” In this re­cent in­ter­view, she says, “When I be­came a mother — al­most seven years ago — some­thing very deep changed in me, where I re­ally don’t care about a lot of the stuff I used to care about be­fore. That’s part of grow­ing up, and now I have to go through other tests that life will put in front of me. I have new fears now.”

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