HIT­TING CRUZ CON­TROL She may be an Os­car-win­ning ac­tress, mar­ried to Javier Bar­dem and best friends with Salma Hayek – but, as dis­cov­ers, Pené­lope Cruz is no or­di­nary celebrity. In fact, she’d be happy work­ing in a beauty salon…

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When I meet Pené­lope Cruz tucked away in a gar­den room in the very chic Grand-Hô­tel du Cap-Fer­rat on the French Riviera, the 43-year-old ac­tress looks ev­ery inch the glam­orous Hol­ly­wood icon. Her red Alaïa dress hugs her pe­tite yet cur­va­ceous fig­ure and, as you’d ex­pect from a for­mer bal­le­rina, her pos­ture is per­fect. Only the tiny lines around her eyes as she smiles and invites me to sit down give a nod to her age.

In the age of so­cial me­dia, where with a quick In­sta­gram scroll you can dis­cover what Gwyneth Pal­trow is do­ing on hol­i­day with her kids, or how the Beck­hams are cel­e­brat­ing their daugh­ter’s birth­day, Pené­lope rep­re­sents a very dif­fer­ent type of celebrity: one who likes her pri­vate life very pri­vate. When she started dat­ing her now hus­band, Javier Bar­dem, while the pair were film­ing Vicky Cristina Barcelona, they man­aged to go un­de­tected for months, with ru­mours cir­cu­lat­ing about Bar­dem and co-star Scar­lett Jo­hans­son in­stead.

They now have two chil­dren, six-year-old Leo, and Luna, who has just turned four. While Javier has continued to make films, Pené­lope has taken a step back. ‘My pri­or­i­ties have re­ally changed over the years. I want to raise my kids and I don’t want to be away from them,’ she ex­plains. ‘The first ques­tion I ask about a film is where in the world is it be­ing shot, the next ques­tion is when, and then I look at the project. I don’t want projects that would rep­re­sent that chal­lenge, in terms of not be­ing able to be to­gether.

‘This year, I’ve started to work a bit more, but my rhythm is never go­ing to be the same as when I was 25, when I was do­ing four films a year. Be­cause that’s not the rhythm I want in my life: I want qual­ity time with

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