The Appeal of Working with Pedro Almodovar: Cruz immediately came up with an answer when asked whats so attractive about collaborating with writer/director Almodovar. Everything, said Cruz. Im obsessed with him.
The two share a special bond of friendship, with Cruz counting Almodovar as one of her closest friends. I just love being with him. He came to my house last night with other friends here. We hang out; we watch movies. You always discover great movies that no ones heard about before with him. We go to the cinema a lot. He goes and he sees everything. [We] go to restaurants, talk, talk a lot, and hes company. Hes very comforting because he feels like family to me. When Im here and hes here, L.A. looks different. You know, the colors look different.
Penelope Cruz on the Oscar Buzz: Her Volver director and friend has only complimentary things to say about his leading lady. Almodovar is doing everything he can, including saying a prayer each day, to help Cruz get an Academy Award nomination. Cruz is aware of the Oscar talk but says shes trying not to think about it. We were just joking about it. Were trying not to think about anything like that because when they tell you like 20 times a day, its difficult not to think about it, but you really have to do the exercise to You know, its very flattering, very, very flattering. Its an honor that I am even being considered for something like that. But better that I dont think about it too much and, you know, we agree on that. We just want to keep traveling with the movie and then whatever happens will happen. I am not going to pretend like [as] if I didnt care, like try to be cool and say, I dont care. No, no. Of course it would make me very happy. But it is better not to expect it.
Pedro Almodovar and Female Characters: Almodovar is a master at creating interesting and complex characters, including females. He just loves women and he observes really well, explained Cruz. I wish there were more people like that that write characters for women that are 60 and 80, and for every generation. I think for sure theres a big lack of that in the American industry, so I hope that it will change.
Getting Into Character: Cruz didnt draw on her own relationship with her mother and sister to get into the character of Raimunda. Our relationship is actually, fortunately, much easier. We havent had the traumatic events that this family goes through in the movie. But I think you have to search for whatever emotionally you relate to with that character. Even if you havent gone through those things, you have to understand it. When something is so well written, I think that [its easy] to at least understand it and then connect with it.
Reacting to the Supernatural Elements of Volver: The secret for that was for us to forget about all the changes of tone and just take care of each action one at a time, because it goes from drama to comedy to drama. My character is laughing, then shes crying, then shes laughing again - all at the same time. I just had to make one thing at a time, because it was overwhelming for me as an actress, also. It was the only way to do it.
Rumors Swirl Around Penelope Cruz Prosthetic Butt: Cruz has heard them all. Shes heard that she kept it (she didnt). Shes heard rumors that shes emotionally attached to the fake rear end (that one made her roll on the floor laughing). So whats the true story? The last thing we read that we were laughing so hard yesterday was that now people are thinking that it was really Dustin Hoffmans butt in Tootsie - that its actually the same piece of material! And they were asking him, How do you feel about her wearing your bottom? He said something really funny. He said well, I am not going to repeat it, but he was very, very funny. Its funny to me that because of that, now they ask Dustin Hoffman at his press conference. They think its the same piece of material because Pedro said it was the inspiration. We tried it on like half-joking in a costume fitting and we liked what it did for the way I moved and walked, you know, for the energy of the character - and thats it.