Penelope Cruz is promoting her new movie Venuto al Mondo, which just premiered at the San Sebastian Film festival. As part of the promotion, Cruz has given a new interview to the Guardian talking about the movie, on-set babies, and her life as a working mother.
Talking about her character in the movie, Cruz says, “I think this movie is homage to all women, a homage to motherhood. It’s a homage to that relationship of mother and child. A woman that doesn’t want children obviously can be happy without children. But one that wants to have children that much … it’s very difficult for her to be happy. Of course I understood all that before I became a mother. But after you give birth you understand in a much deeper way what Gemma was missing.”
She also talks about interacting with babies on the set, saying, “Some of these babies were only a week old. And so they were smelling me and that made them want to eat. But I was playing a woman who couldn’t feed because she hadn’t given birth! That created a very strange but alive dynamic between me and those babies. You cannot learn something like that. And this film is full of moments that could not be planned.”
She adds that she’s been trying to be picky about movies lately, saying, “More and more I try to be more picky with my selection. I am now able to choose the work I do, which I don’t take for granted.”