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Penelope Cruz Speaks Out About #MeToo & Her Frustration With the Industry

Penelope Cruz graces the cover of PorterEdit, out now.

Here’s what the 43-year-old The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story star had to say…

On asking Donatella’s permission to play her: “I said to Donatella, this is keeping me up at night because it’s such a big responsibility to play someone who’s not only alive, but someone I respect so much. And she told me, if somebody’s going to do it, I’m happy that it’s you. Her words gave me the freedom to do this. I think she could hear in my voice that everything was going to be done from a place of respect.”

On her hatred of fairytales: “Fairy tales matter so much because these are the first stories that you hear from the mouths of your parents. So, when I read fairy tales to my kids at night I’m always changing the endings – always, always, always, always. F–g Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and all of this – there’s a lot of machismo in those stories. That can have an effect on the way that kids see the world. If you’re not careful, they start thinking: ‘Oh, so the men get to decide everything.’”

On #MeToo: “It has to change the rules of our industry and all the other industries in which women are being repressed in so many different ways. It cannot just be something that’s there to fill the news for a few months before we move on to something else.”

On her own frustrations with the industry: “Since the age of 25, [journalists] have been asking me if I’m afraid of aging. It’s a crazy thing to ask, and I’ve always refused to answer. They would never ask a man such a question. Obviously that kind of thing is on a different scale than what we were just talking about, but everything builds up, and I consider it to be part of a kind of overall suppression of women.”

For more from Penelope, visit Net-a-porter.com.

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Penelope Cruz Wears Versace, Couples Up with Javier Bardem at Goya Cinema Awards

Penelope Cruz looks stunning on the red carpet at the 2018 Goya Cinema Awards held on Saturday (February 3) at the Marriott Auditorium in Madrid, Spain.

The 43-year-old Oscar-winning actress was joined at the event by her husband Javier Bardem.

Also in attendance was actress Emily Mortimer.

This is the fourth year in a row that Penelope has attended the event in her home country. See her red carpet looks from 2015, 2016, and 2017!

Penelope wore Versace to the event the past two years, and now she’s playing Donatella Versace on American Crime Story. She’s once again wearing one of the brand’s designs.

It seems the Versace family’s distaste for the series has not affected their relationship with Penelope!

FYI: Penelope is wearing an Atelier Versace dress and Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry. Emily is wearing Monique Péan earrings.

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Penelope Cruz & Edgar Ramirez Cover 'Town & Country' March 2018

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story‘s Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez pose together on Town and Country magazine’s March 2018 issue, on newsstands February 6.

Here’s what they had to share with the mag:

Penelope on Donatella Versace: “To me she [Donatella Versace] is like a heroine. She has demonstrated in so many ways in her life how to be an incredible woman.”

Edgar on his admiration for Gianni Versace: “He [Gianni Versace] was a visionary and a disrupter, and we’re experiencing an era that he helped create aesthetically. There were no designers expressing that rock ‘n’ roll approach to couture before Gianni – this mix of sexuality and celebrity. The current obsession with fame started with Gianni.”

Penelope on her connection to the Versace siblings: “I could relate to that family emotion. Italian and Spanish people are very similar in that way. It’s like what I have with my brother and sister. Donatella, Santo, Gianni, what they had together they started together, and that family passion is very tight.”

For more from Edgar and Penelope, visit TownandCountry.com.

FYI: Penelope is wearing Michael Kors Collection on the cover. Edgar is wearing Dior Homme on the cover.

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Penelope Cruz Tells 'Ellen' That She Sought Donatella Versace's Approval to Play Her in 'American Crime Story'

Penelope Cruz makes an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing on Tuesday (January 16), and opens up about receiving Donatella Versace‘s full blessing to play her in the upcoming FX series, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

“You feel much more responsibility [playing a real person],” the 43-year-old explained to Ellen. “When Ryan [Murphy] called me… I said, ‘I need to make a phone call and talk to Donatella about this’ before taking the job.”

“She [Donatella] told me if somebody was going to do it, she was really happy that it was me, because I think she knows what I feel for her and Gianni,” Penelope added. “They’re the most kind people. It’s important to me that when she sees what I’ve done she can feel the love and respect that I have put there and how I feel for her.”

Penelope also teaches Ellen a couple of phrases in Spanish – Watch more after the cut!


Penelope Cruz on ‘American Crime Story’ and Snapping Ricky Martin’s Bare Bum

Click inside to watch the rest of Penelope Cruz’s appearance on The Ellen Show…More Here! »

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Edgar Ramirez & Penelope Cruz Join Ricky Martin & Fiance Jwan Yosef at 'Assassination of Gianni Versace' Premiere

Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, and Ricky Martin joined forces at the premiere of their new series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace!

The stars hit the red carpet at the event at ArcLight Hollywood on Monday (January 8) in Hollywood.

They were joined by their co-stars Darren Criss, Finn Wittrock, Judith Light, Max Greenfield, Cody Fern, Caleb Foote, Mike Farrell, and director Matt Bomer.

Ricky‘s fiance Jwan Yosef also stepped out to show his support, along with EJ Johnson.

The second season of the hit FX show – produced by Ryan Murphy, Alexis Woodall, Brad Simpson, Nina Jacobson, and Brad Falchuk, and more – will follow the real-life murder of the fashion designer in July 1997.

Don’t miss American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace when it premieres on January 17! (Watch the trailer here.)

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FYI: Penelope is wearing custom Stella McCartney.

45+ pictures inside of Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, and more at the premiere… More Here! »

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Penelope Cruz Looks Radiant on the Red Carpet at Golden Globes 2018!

Penelope Cruz is a stunning beauty on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (January 7) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Penelope Cruz

Penelope is one of the many stars wearing black at the ceremony to support the Time’s Up initiative in protest of gender inequality, power abuse and harassment. Penelope is also a presenter during the evening’s ceremony.

FYI: Penelope is wearing a Ralph & Russo dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, and Atelier Swarovski jewelry.

Tune in for the Golden Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers, at 8pm EST/5pm PST on NBC.

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Darren Criss Is a Bloody Killer in 'Assassination of Gianni Versace' Trailer!

The trailer for the upcoming series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace has officially been released!

Edgar Ramirez is starring as the title character with Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan, the man who murdered the fashion designer in July 1997.

Penelope Cruz stars as Donatella Versace for her first television role.

“You’re not better than me. We’re the same. The only difference is you got lucky,” Darren‘s character Andrew says in the voiceover in the trailer.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace is set to premiere on January 17. Ricky Martin and Max Greenfield also appear on the FX series.