She recalls learning English "kind of late" only knowing the dialogue she had learned for the casting beyond that, she could only say, "How are you?" and "Thank you." In 1997, Cruz appeared in the Spanish comedy film Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health.Her transition to acting began when she defeated more than 300 other girls in a talent agency audition at the age of 15.
I looked for an agent and she sent me away three times because I was a little girl but I kept coming back.
The "Spanish Enchantress" definitely is an appropriate term to be addressed to Penelope Cruz Sanchez.
Mesmerizing, talented and strong willed, she has made her way to be one of the most prominent Latin actresses in Hollywood film industry.
Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in the 2001 films Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Blow.
She has since appeared in films in a range of genres, including the comedy Waking Up in Reno (2002), the thriller Gothika (2003), the Christmas film Noel (2004), and the action adventure Sahara (2005).