Signed by an agent at age 15, she made her acting debut at 16 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón, jamón (1992), to critical acclaim.
Her subsequent roles in the 1990s and 2000s included Open Your Eyes (1997), The Hi-Lo Country (1999), The Girl of Your Dreams (2000) and Woman on Top (2000).
Those qualities brought me a lot of problems since I was a little girl in school, saying ‘I don’t agree’ and fighting with the children.It’s part of my curiosity for life.”Born in Spain in 1974, actress Penelope Cruz studied classical ballet at a young age and later moved to Hollywood, California, to pursue acting.Though a natural actress, she took up dance for her choice of performance arts.She studied classical ballet for nine years at Spain's National Conservatory, and then moved to New York to dance under a series of prominent performers.“I’m strong and opinionated.That take on the actress’s biography is neat and tidy, but according to Cruz, it leaves out a few key details.
Like the moments on the set of her first English-language movie, The Hi-Lo Country, when she locked herself in the bathroom, crying, because her English was so iffy that she didn’t understand what her castmates were saying. A.’s luxury Sunset Marquis hotel with the two stray cats she’d found on the street.While he had previously appeared in commercials and in small film roles, Mc Conaughey got his first big break in 1993's .His endlessly quotable David Wooderson character would help define the actor going forward, and the role represents a touchstone comedic performance in his oeuvre.Cruz was born as the eldest of three and a natural performer; her father, Eduardo, worked as a car mechanic, and her mother, Encarna, was a hairdresser.As a child, Cruz amused her family by re-enacting television commercials.Before long the young actress was appearing alongside A-list kingpin Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky and—bingo! Even though she eventually moved out, and her career went sideways for a while, with roles in duds like Sahara and Bandidas, Cruz kept right on working, not to mention dating Matthew Mc Conaughey, until the buzz about her acting talent finally drowned out the gossip about her love life.