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Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. From friendship to love

“Cumpleanos feliz!” from all sides she will hear tomorrow “Happy Birthday!”

He fell in love with her at first sight, but could only admit his feelings after many years.

They became best friends, but shooting a Woody Allen movie changed the lives of both actors in just one day …

She…

In her native Spain, her name is simply simply “Pe”, and in Hollywood – “Spanish Charm” or “Madrid Madonna”.

The mother of the future star dreamed that her daughter would become a ballerina, but already at the age of 15 Penelope signed a contract and left for the TV. It is noteworthy that she gave her first fee to the last cent to the charity fund of Mother Teresa.

Her film debut was the film Greek Maze (1991), after the premiere of which the 17-year-old actress was hospitalized with a diagnosis of nervous exhaustion.

She does not like jewelry, believing that bright trinkets distract attention from herself. But almost never removes a jade ring from her finger – a gift from her grandmother.

She can easily oversleep for up to 18 hours in a row.

She happened to perform the same movie twice: in the fantastic thriller Open Your Eyes (1997) …
… and his American remake Vanilla Sky (2001).
She is a vegetarian and her favorite food is fries, papaya and Japanese salads. True, the actress herself notes that she drinks so much cola that it is just right to write down her addiction to bad habits (smoking and squandering).

Is he…

He was born into an acting family, and together with his brother and sister continued the family tradition.

In his youth, he was a member of the Spanish national rugby team. And plus to this he studied painting at an art-industrial school.

He is hurt by the fact that because of his brutal appearance he is mistaken for a rude macho and a badass, but in reality he is a shy and delicate person.

Before still going to the actors, he tried a lot of classes: he was a bouncer, worked at a construction site and even performed in male striptease!

The actor considers himself a hypochondriac and shy in front of beautiful women.

They are…

They met in 1992 on the set of the movie Jamon, Jamon – they had to play together in a frank scene, but the aspiring actress was terribly worried and nervous. The only one who was able to calm Penelope was Javier.
After filming, it was obvious to everyone that Bardem was completely and irrevocably in love with Penelope. The girl considered the actor her best friend, and he readily played along with her.

Each began his own life. Penelope twisted novels with the most enviable suitors of Hollywood, Javier also did not remain alone.

But after a hard parting with Cruz and Matthew McConaughey, the actress plunged headlong into work, and fate brought her and Bardem back onto the same set – Woody Allen was filming Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).

Penelope was worried that she did not quite understand what the director wanted from her. And again, Javier was there. And again, in just one day, their relationship changed …

The novel hid for a long time and carefully. Javier did not even come to the Oscars, where Penelope received the figurine. But in May 2010, it became known that the actress was pregnant, and it was not difficult for anyone to figure out who the future happy father was.

The wedding took place in July 2010 in the Bahamas. Dress for the ceremony especially for his girlfriend Penelope created by John Galliano. Only close friends and relatives of the couple were invited to the celebration, and Penelope’s agent Amanda Silverman informed the world about the significant event.

On January 25, 2011, a son was born in the Cruz-Bardem family – Leo Enkinas Bardem.

Thinking out loud. I have always been interested in such long-playing, “multi-series” relations, especially when in the foreground everyone – even the main characters – has friendship. Personally, I am completely and irrevocably confident that whatever friendship is between a man and a woman is just a temporary state, a prelude, filling the space between the two until the moment when it finally grows into something more. It is just a matter of time.

What do you think about the friendship between a man and a woman?

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