Penlope Cruz Snchez , known professionally as Penlope Cruz, is a Spanish actress and model. Signed by an agent at age16015, she made her acting debut aton television and her feature film debut the following year in Jamn, jamn to critical acclaim. Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Open Your Eyes , The HiLo Country , The Girl of Your Dreams and Woman on Top . Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in the 2001 films Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corellis Mandolin and Blow.
She was born in the workingclass town of Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain, to Encarna , a hairdresser and personal manager, and Eduardo Cruz, a retailer and car mechanic. She has two siblings, Monica, an actress, and Eduardo, Jr. She also has a paternal halfsister, Salma. She was raised as a Roman Catholic. Cruz grew up in Alcobendas, and spent long hours at her grandmothers apartment. She says she had a happy childhood. Cruz remembers playing with some friends and being aware that I was acting as I was playing with them. I would think of a character and pretend to be someone else.