Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz

Highest Rated: 100% Parallel Mothers (2021)

Lowest Rated: 13% Waking Up in Reno (2002)

Birthday: Apr 28, 1974

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Penelope Cruz was an Academy Award-winning Spanish actress who was best known for her roles in "Vanilla Sky" (2001), "Volver" (2006), "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (2011). Cruz, who was born Penelope Cruz Sanchez, grew up in the town of Alcobendas, Madrid. A lively and extroverted young girl, Cruz loved to reenact commercials for her family, and dreamt of one day becoming an actress. Her dreams of acting stardom took a bit of a detour, however, when she began studying classical ballet at a very young age. Cruz studied dance for 9 years, but by her mid-teens her love of film grew so strong that she decided to give up on ballet and embark on an acting career. Although she never had any formal acting training, Cruz did have an "it factor" that casting and talent agents immediately took notice of. When she was 15, Cruz beat out over 300 girls during an audition to win a spot with a Spanish talent agency. From there, she began appearing in Spanish TV shows and music videos, thus slowly learning the chops she needed to be in front of a camera. Then in 1992, Cruz landed her first big break with a supporting role in the romance-drama "Jamon, Jamon" (1992). Also appearing in the film was a young actor and Cruz's future husband, Javier Bardem. "Jamon, Jamon" was a big hit in Spain, thus making Cruz a star in her native country. As a result, more Spanish film roles followed, including "The Rebel" (1993), "Brujas" (1996), and "Live Flesh" (1997). In 1998 Cruz appeared in her first American film, a western called "The Hi-Lo Country" (1998). That film, however, was unsuccessful at the box office. Despite the failure of "The Hi-Lo Country," by the early 2000s Cruz was becoming more of a presence in mainstream American films. She appeared in critically-acclaimed films like "All the Pretty Horses" (2000), "Blow" (2001), and "Vanilla Sky" (2001), the latter of which also starred her then-boyfriend Tom Cruise (the couple split in 2004). By the mid-2000s, Cruz's acting career was gaining steam both in her native Spain as well as in America. In 2007 she earned her first Academy Award nomination for her role in director Pedro Almodóvar's comedy-drama "Volver" (2006), and two years later, went on to earn her first Oscar for her supporting role in Woody Allen's romantic comedy "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Cruz earned another Oscar nomination for her supporting role in 2009's "Nine," making it her third nomination in four years. If the 2000s were a breakout decade for Penelope Cruz, the 2010s would prove to be just as good. In 2012 she re-teamed with Woody Allen to appear in his music comedy "To Rome with Love" (2012), and would also go on to appear in the broad comedies "Zoolander 2" (2016) and "The Brothers Grimsby" (2016). Then in 2018 Cruz made her American TV debut by playing fashion mogul Donatella Versace on "American Crime Story" (FX, 2016- ). The series, which was about the assassination of the iconic 90s fashion designer Gianni Versace, was critically acclaimed, while earning Cruz an Emmy nomination. After her acclaimed television performance, Cruz returned to film acting in 2019 with a part in Pedro Almodóvar's "Pain and Glory" (2019). The film, which was Cruz's sixth collaboration with the director, was also nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.

Highest rated movies

Parallel Mothers Official Competition
All About My Mother
Pain and Glory
Belle Epoque
Open Your Eyes
Broken Embraces




No Score Yet No Score Yet The 355 Graciela (Character) - 2022
100% No Score Yet Parallel Mothers Unknown (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Official Competition Lola Cuevas (Character) - 2021
100% No Score Yet Official Competition Lola Cuevas (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2021
39% 37% Wasp Network Olga Salanueva (Character) - 2019
96% 91% Pain and Glory Jacinta (Character) $4.6M 2019
78% 60% Everybody Knows Laura (Character) $2.6M 2018
31% 35% Loving Pablo Virginia Vallejo (Character) $16.6K 2017
60% 53% Murder on the Orient Express Pilar Estravados (Character) $101.5M 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soy Unoentrecienmil Self,
- 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brothers Grimsby With Hilarious Outtakes Kate (Character) - 2016
37% 41% The Brothers Grimsby Kate (Character) $6.9M 2016
22% 20% Zoolander No. 2 Valentina (Character) $28.8M 2016
30% 39% The Queen of Spain Macarena Granada (Character) - 2016
25% 47% Ma ma Magda (Character),
$46.5K 2015
49% 37% I'm So Excited! Jessica (Character) $1.4M 2013
33% 23% The Counselor Laura (Character) $16.9M 2013
90% 88% Woody Allen: A Documentary Self - 2012
17% 68% Twice Born Gemma (Character) $14.9K 2012
46% 40% To Rome With Love Anna (Character) $16.7M 2012
33% 54% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Angelica (Character) $241.1M 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Looking Back on Love: Making Black and White America Unknown (Character) - 2011
15% 43% Sex and the City 2 Carmen Garcia Carrion (Character) $95.3M 2010
82% 75% Broken Embraces Lena (Character) $5.0M 2009
39% 37% Nine Carla Albanese (Character) $19.7M 2009
22% 39% G-Force Juarez (Voice) $119.4M 2009
81% 74% Vicky Cristina Barcelona María Elena (Character) $23.2M 2008
75% 61% Elegy Consuela Castilo (Character) $3.6M 2008
No Score Yet 38% A Matador's Mistress Lupe Sino (Character) - 2008
31% 33% The Good Night Anna/Melodia (Character) $22.2K 2007
91% 89% Volver Raimunda (Character) $12.9M 2006
56% 43% Bandidas Maria Alvarez (Character) - 2006
38% 53% Sahara Eva Rojas (Character) $68.6M 2005
31% 53% Chromophobia Unknown (Character) - 2005
16% 61% Head in the Clouds Mia (Character) $398.2K 2004
28% 48% Noel Nina (Character) - 2004
46% 80% Don't Move Italia (Character) - 2004
15% 45% Gothika Chloe Sava (Character) $59.6M 2003
24% 45% Masked and Anonymous Pagan Lace (Character) $533.3K 2003
14% 43% Fanfan la Tulipe Adeline La Franchise (Character) $28.4K 2003
13% 31% Waking Up in Reno Brenda (Spanish Woman) (Character) $261.6K 2002
55% 87% Blow Mirtha Jung (Character) $53.1M 2001
38% 66% No News From God Carmen Ramos (Character) $77.3K 2001
28% 50% Captain Corelli's Mandolin Pelagia (Character) $25.5M 2001
42% 72% Vanilla Sky Sofia Serrano (Character) $100.6M 2001
32% 42% All the Pretty Horses Alejandra (Character) $15.5M 2000
34% 42% Woman on Top Isabella Oliveira (Character) $5.0M 2000
No Score Yet 51% Volaverunt Pepita Tudó (Character) - 1999
98% 93% All About My Mother Sister Rosa (Character) $8.3M 1999
No Score Yet 31% Don Juan Mathurine (Character) - 1998
29% 53% Twice Upon a Yesterday Louise (Character) $258.5K 1998
No Score Yet 60% Talk of Angels Pilar (Character) $15.5K 1998
No Score Yet 68% The Girl of Your Dreams Macarena Granada (Character) - 1998
54% 49% The Hi-Lo Country Josepha O'Neil (Character) $163.8K 1998
No Score Yet 35% Celestina Melibea (Character) - 1997
81% 87% Live Flesh Isabel (Character) - 1997
85% 88% Open Your Eyes Soifa (Character) $368.2K 1997
No Score Yet 71% Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health Diana Balaguer joven (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brujas Patricia (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 60% Not Love, Just Frenzy Unknown (Character) $6.1K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet El amor perjudica seriamente la salud Diana Balaguer joven (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet La Celestina Melibea (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's All Lies Lucía (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 33% The Rebel Enza (Character) - 1993
95% 78% Belle Epoque Luz (Character) $943.5K 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Framed Lola Del Moreno (Character) - 1992
67% 64% Jamon Jamon Silvia (Character) $14.8K 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Softly From Paris VI Unknown (Character) - 1990


No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2019
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2008 2011 2016 2018
84% 89% American Crime Story Donatella Versace (Character) 2018
No Score Yet 56% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2009 2016
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Unknown (Character),
2008-2009 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2011
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Latin Lifestyles Guest 2009-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightline Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oprah Winfrey Show Guest 2009
31% No Score Yet The Jay Leno Show Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainers: With Byron Allen Guest 2008