Pedro’s muses Four women actors who have inspired Almodóvar’s work
CARMEN MAURA The director
couldn’ t work without her for most of the 1980s when she appeared in Pepi, Luci,Bomand OtherGirlsLike Mom( 1980), Dark Habits( 1983), WhatDidI DoToDeserveThis? (1984), Matador( 1986), TheLawof Desire( 1987)andWomenon the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). Theyfellout, citing“artistic differences ”, re united for Volv er (2006, picturedbelow right).
PENÉLOPE CRUZ Cruz decided
tobecomean actor after seeing Almodóvar’sTie Me Up!TieMe Down! She has subsequently appeared in five more of his films: LiveFlesh( 1997), All AboutMy Mother( 1999), Volver( 2006)andI’m SoExcited( 2013).
ROSSYDEPALMA Theactor, who is often unkindly described as a Picasso painting come to life, pop sup in The Law of Desire(1987), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Break- down( 1988), Kika( 1993), The FlowerofMy Secret( 1995), Broken Embraces( 2009) andJulieta(2016).
CECIL IA ROTH The Argentinian
actor is another favourite collaborator. She features in six Al modóv ar films,s tretching backtohisdebut featurePepi, Luci, Bom andOther GirlsLikeMom. Mostrecently, they worked together on I’ m So Excited (2013).