Penelope Cruz Reveals Her Secret To Losing Baby Weight

New mom Penelope Cruz has been hitting the red carpets this week to promote her newest movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides“.  Penelope shares how she lost her baby weight in just three months.

She says the secret to her figure is dancing:

“I love ballet and it’s a little boring for me to go to the gym because I’m used to the dancing discipline — it’s really hard but much more fun,”

Penelope also credits healthy eating:

“I love Spanish food. My diet is the Mediterranean diet, which is good food. I eat well, but I try to eat healthy.”

But she does love a little splurge at In-N-Out every now and again:

“I do it, like, once a week or once every two weeks. It’s my little treat for myself. I love the Double-Double with fries.

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A Beautiful Feeling For Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz is loving the profound effect motherhood has on her, calling it a “beautiful feeling.”   She tells Britain’s Daily Mirror,

“Being a mother changes you immediately. It’s hard to explain because it’s so deep. But it’s the most beautiful feeling I have ever had.”

The actress is also working less to spend more time with her family, adding,

“Working as hard as I did is not for me any more. I was exhausted and had nothing to give. You have to live your life to be able to tell other stories. I’m happy I made that decision. I’ve always measured the success of my work by the experience I had, not by how many awards I got. I hope it will stay like that for me.”

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Penelope Cruz Agrees That All Motherhood Cliches Are True

Penelope Cruz, who gave birth to her son Leo in January, so far has experienced beautiful things being a mom.

“Everybody tells you things change. And then all those cliches, all those things you hear about having a baby and motherhood — all of them are true,” Penelope said.

“And all of them are the most beautiful things you will ever experience. So yes, your priorities change. It’s from the second you see that little face, your life has changed forever.”

The actress found out she was pregnant shortly before starting to film Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides, which meant she needed to share the exciting news first with director Rob Marshall and star Johnny Depp.

“I found out I was pregnant and I had to tell Johnny and Rob. First for safety, second for honesty,” she said.

“It made for a very interesting shoot — especially it being an action movie. There were a few things I had been in training for before filming, before I knew I was pregnant, in rehearsals that had to be changed.

“And my outfits kept, well, evolving. I wasn’t able to do any of the more dangerous shots, obviously. But the sword fights became more like choreography, more like dance. But everything was very safe and I felt very protected. I couldn’t have done it any other way.”

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Johnny Depp Praises New Mom Penelope Cruz

Actress and new mom Penelope Cruz was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week.  On hand to help her celebrate the honor was her ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” co-star Johnny Depp.

Johnny talked about his friendship with the talented actress, whom he also worked with on ‘Blow‘, and her mothering skills:

“She’s an inconceivably phenomenal mommy, which I’ve witnessed firsthand, and it’s pretty incredible.  She’s as loyal and true a friend as anyone could ever dream of and I’m very privileged to be able to have her in my life.”

Penelope shared during the program:

“I came to Los Angeles for the first time in 1994. I spoke no English. I only knew how to say two sentences: One was, ‘How are you?’ The other was, ‘I want to work with Johnny Depp’ . In the last 10 years I’ve worked with him twice, and that has improved my English.”

Johnny even joked that Penelope is such a happy woman, it’s nearly impossible to get her angry:

“It’s been a long road of giggles. There’s nothing bad to say. I’ve even tried to provoke her into some fit of anger, it doesn’t work, I get nothing. Giggles, more giggles.”

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Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem Name Their Son Leo

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have finally chosen a name for their son – Leo – who they welcomed on January 22.

A friend of the couple, Spanish film director Santiago Segura, commented on the birth of their son to a group of pesty reporters.

“I know what you want and you don’t understand why they don’t come running to show off the baby and say, ‘Look, here’s Leo.’ ”

Reporters were unsure if that was the name of the baby, so they questioned the director if the baby’s name was actually Leo.  He replied,

“Yeah, Leo. I think so. That’s what I think I heard. But they haven’t said anything.”

But that little slip up from a dear friend I don’t think will get Javier down.  The actor appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and when asked how Penelope and the baby are doing, he said,

“Everything is going perfectly.”

So happy for them!

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