Penelope Cruz Opens Up About Motherhood

She doesn’t talk much about her private life, but it looks like new mom Penelope Cruz is opening up a bit about the struggle of jugging both her career and motherhood in the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

The Spanish actress tells the magazine that she finds it tough to go to work and raise her baby at the same time, and that is why she’s taking on less projects and spending more of her time being “a mom.” Here are some highlights from her interview:

On her idol, Meryl Streep: “When I first started watching movies and I saw Meryl’s work, that’s when I became obsessed with acting,” Penélope says. “Now I kiss her whenever I see her! She must think I’m crazy.” She recalls a magazine shoot they did together a few years ago for the AIDS charity (RED). “As soon as she got to the set, I had to sit topless on top of her. It was the most interesting love scene I’ve ever done.”

On juggling motherhood and career: “Maybe I’ll make one movie a year, maybe two, but it’s not going to be more than that because I have other priorities now.”

“I won’t go to places where you’re going to find more attention. I go to the opposite.” Her perfect day is “running around with my family at the beach, that’s all.”

Even though Penélope is remarkably direct and is effusive about “being happier in my 30s than I was in my 20s,” she also characterizes herself as a “worrier. I am living for every day and trying to have less fear, less worry. But I have always worried about everything; it’s in my nature. It’s the thing that makes me suffer the most.”

Of her red-carpet fashion choices, she says “All I look for is to be able to breathe!”

Photos by Harper’s Bazaar

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