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Penelope Cruz is Timeless in W Magazine (Photo Gallery)

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Penelope Cruz in W

It’s easy to be envious of Penelope Cruz. She’s beautiful, talented and smart, but she hasn’t forgotten where she came from.

The actress told W magazine about her first audition: “It was for the woman who became my manager and still works with me. She was testing around 300 actors. I was 14 years old, and she had me read a scene from “Casablanca,” which is impossible to do when you are that age. But my manager asked me if I wanted to work with her, and she sent me on some castings. When I was 16, I got “Jamón, Jamón.” Of course, I had to lie about my age. And I had to lie to my parents about the content of the script.”

Controversial content has continued to follow the star throughout her career. “I don’t like dying. I die in “Don’t Move” [an Italian film, for which Cruz won the Italian academy award for best actress], and I can’t really look at it because it reminds me of my grandmother when she was very old. But sex scenes are very strange. Absurd, really.”

Read more of Cruz’s revealing interview in the September issue of W.

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