However, Penelope Cruz was fully aware of Janis’s impending doom and began counting down the days until her most challenging scenes.
This was “probably the most stressful shot I’ve ever taken,” she said. “I knew it was going to be hardcore adrenaline.” As Janis must have done, she was able to maintain her composure despite the intense pressure of filming a critical scene in which Almodóvar had to help a heartbroken Cruz get back up off the floor.
He told her at the time, “I want you to be able to do it without suffering so much. In a departure from popular belief, Cruz argued against the idea.
Looking back, “I don’t recall it as pain,” she said because it was for all the ladies who could be in a similar circumstance of losing what they love most. To my eyes, she appeared to be breathing. Her existence is confirmed by the fact that she was created by him.
When Cruz faced her toughest challenge yet, it was “Parallel Mothers,” since she was doing it to aid other women who were going through the same things she was. In spite of the fact that Janis and Cruz share many similarities, playing this character has taken Cruz in new and unexpected areas.
“I have a smile on my face,” she insisted, “because it offered me so much and made me feel so alive creatively.” “I was intellectually and emotionally exhausted, but I was loving every second,” one of my employees said.
Regardless of how you look at it, his persistence has served him well. Cruz was 14 years old when she went to Madrid to apply for Katrina Bayona’s New Faces, a programme conducted by actress Katrina Bayona. Cruz lied about his age in order to participate in the competition. In spite of his suspicions, Bayonas granted Cruz the opportunity to read from “Casablanca,” knowing that the youngster would be captivated by the scenario.