A love that was years within the making! Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem knew one another for greater than a decade earlier than their relationship grew to become romantic, and since then, they’ve managed to maintain their private lives comparatively personal.
The couple met while filming the 1992 film Jamón, Jamón. They reunited for 2008’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona and sparks flew.
The actress mirrored on the beginning of her relationship with the Eat Pray Love star in Marie Claire’s February 2019 issue. “You know it’s the beginning of something, but you don’t know what it’s the beginning of,” she defined on the time.
Cruz famous that she didn’t rush into settling down, though it was all the time one of her objectives. “My life is … a very different life. But it’s the life that I always wanted since I was a little girl,” she stated. “When I was 4 or 5, I was already performing, and the characters in my games were always mothers. I really wanted to be a mother, for as long as I can remember. But I did it when I felt the time was right — the right time, the right person.”
The American Crime Story alum and Bardem have continued to act together through the years as their dynamic developed each on display and off. “Life has changed. We have grown,” he informed Vulture in February 2019. “Everything is different once you’re a family. That is the priority, as it should be. We’re no exception from that. We work as hard as we can, but we recognize how hard we can work depends on each other’s needs. It’s important not to be confused by fiction. Fiction is fiction, reality is its own thing.”
The Skyfall actor acknowledged how his method to starring alongside Cruz modified over time. “When you’re younger — because we’ve worked together many times over the years, we met when I was 21 and she was 16 — you tend to confuse one for the other, or mix them,” he elaborated. “Now, I’m going to be 50 in a few weeks, and I don’t do this anymore. She’s the same way. You must always know when you’re working on a level of recreation, outside of real life.”
He concluded: “Penélope and I, we have to protect the ‘us.’”
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