Emma Watson Photographed for the July Issue of Vogue by Mario Testino
In hopes of restoring some sanity to her schedule, she will go back to school in the fall somewhere closer to home.
I’ve been increasingly impressed by this young lady over the years, and I’m well excited that she’s going to be at Oxford in the fall. Hope those six-week breaks + long vac help with making and promoting great films/fashion!
Penélope Cruz Photographed by Mario Testino for the June Issue of Vogue
Click-through to read the article of Penélope’s life, career and current state of mind, beautifully rendered, by Jason Gay.
“A lot of things can be said about this creature Penélope Cruz,” Depp says. “None of them are bad.” He calls her a “one-off,” “magnificent,” and “magical.”
Penélope Cruz adores karaoke. She adores it the way a first-grader adores a golden-retriever puppy—in an unself-conscious, non-ironic way. She will sing “Hollaback Girl,” by Gwen Stefani, and, if she is so compelled, “Without Me,” by Eminem. (Opening lyrics: “Two trailer-park girls go round the outside/Round the outside/Round the outside.”) Karaoke is a non-negotiable part of the Penélope Cruz experience. “I’ve gone to karaoke bars in almost every city I have been to,” she says. “Every time I am on a movie location, we find a karaoke bar and take the crew.”
Cruz took her mother, Encarna, to the Oscars the night she won for Vicky Cristina. “I grew up in a place called Alcobendas, where this was not a very realistic dream,” she said from the stage as her mom got misty.
When it was over, she headed over to In-N-Out Burger, still wrapped in her vintage white Balmain gown. “You have to remove the tight dress to eat a Double Double monster cheeseburger with everything on it,” she says.The post-Oscar In-N-Out burger has become a ritual. It’s happened after each of her nominations—the hungry Spanish bombshell at the drive-through. But this February, after Cruz accompanied Bardem to the Kodak Theatre in support of his Best Actor nomination for Biutiful, there was no burger run.
“We had something more important to do,” Cruz says, smiling. “We had to go home to the baby.”
Yes: the baby. “Beautiful Leonardo,” as Marshall called him at the Walk of Fame presentation. Cruz discovered she was pregnant shortly before filming began forOn Stranger Tides. She remains grateful for the way she felt protected by Marshall, Depp, and the rest of the cast and crew. “When she found out it was a boy, she kept it hush-hush, but we knew,” Marshall says. With all the high-flying action going on, the director says, Cruz “loved that there was a boy in her.”
“I was pregnant and a pirate,” Cruz says. “A beautiful experience.”
I ask Cruz how has motherhood has changed her, and her face grows flushed. Tears begin to collect under her eyes.
“One second,” she says. She dips her head and dabs at her face. I fear I am about to be removed from the hotel, forever banned for making Penélope Cruz cry. But now she is laughing and crying at the same time. “This has never happened to me,” she says. “This is really funny. I’m sorry. It’s unexpected.”
To date, Cruz hasn’t talked at all about her son in public. But it’s clear his impact is profound. “From the first second, you feel so much love,” she says. “It is a revolutionary experience. That’s the best way I can describe it. It transforms you completely, in a second. Nature is very wise and gives you nine months to prepare, but in that moment—when you see that face, you are transformed forever.”
She is not trying to wipe away the tears now. She rolls with it. It’s an unabashed, blissful cryfest. “Even if you have heard from all your friends and family, ‘This is what’s going to happen,’ until it happens to you, it’s hard to understand in your soul,” Cruz says.
A day later, Leonardo is present during a photo shoot, cooing gently with the nanny while Cruz poses a few feet away outside. Cruz is very careful about unlocking the door on her new family. Never one to disclose personal details—in the past, queries about boyfriends real and rumored were brushed away like houseflies—she is vigilant about her son. “I want my son—and my kids if I have more—to grow up in a way that is as anonymous as possible,” Cruz says. “The fact that his father and I have chosen to do the work that we do doesn’t give anybody the right to invade our privacy.”
Back at our outdoor table, Cruz can’t help being a glowing advocate. “Do you have children?” she asks me.
She slaps me hard on the hand. “Good luck!” she says, beaming. “It really is the best thing in the world.”
Cruz says she is excited to start working again. There is a new film with Allen, set to begin filming this summer in Rome, its script draped in mystery, as all of the director’s projects are. “A man came to my house with a package, gave it to me, and said, ‘I will be back in half an hour,’ ” Cruz says. “I asked, ‘Would you mind giving me two?’ ”
But these days, Cruz is unsure how busy she wants to be. “Of course I will work, because we all need to work,” she says. “But it’s very important to have time with my family.”
After an exhilarating year of firsts, this is a happy problem for Penélope Cruz. “It is great to see somebody who you think deserves it get everything she has ever dreamed of,” says Hayek. “It’s magical. It gives you hope.”