The first Spanish actress to win a academy award, Penelope Cruz has taken a break from acting to focus on her family. In a recent interview with Gwyneth Paltrow, Penelope discusses her thoughts towards, aging and acting.
"When it comes to talking about aging as an actress, I feel like, “What the fuck? I’m not going to give you even two minutes to honor your question. It doesn’t deserve that.” Something changed when I gave birth to my daughter. I started thinking, “Come on, it’s 2017. Why do women still have to be talking about this? It’s crazy.”
Gwyneth agrees that Hollywood has an obsession with the aging of women and Penelope credits her mom and dad for providing her the values to be a confident woman, and not go by any one else's standards. Furthermore, becoming a mother herself has taught Penelope what's really beautiful and worth spending energy on: "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. 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."
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