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Penelope Cruz: 'Whatever happens, I will probably have a few beers and I don't drink!'

February 15, 2009 |  9:41 pm

That's what the Oscars nominee told Gold Derby tonight when I called her in Madrid to ask her what she'd do next Sunday when this derby race is done, the victor is known and, win or lose, she can finally catch her breath.

Penelope Cruz has four extra tickets to the ceremony, so she'll be at the Academy Awards with her brother, sister, mom (dad got to go to Golden Globes and BAFTA) "and one of my best friends from Spain from when I was a little girl," she said. "I want my family to have a good night. To win, it would be an amazing thing! But I want to enjoy the night and the people around me."

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But tonight she coped with the pre-Oscars jitters by drinking herbal tea as we gabbed on the phone. She leaves Madrid in the morning to head to L.A. and begin her exciting week.

Listen to our podcast chat here —

. . . to find out what she thinks of this crazy awards drama that she's lived this year, which started out with big wins from the New York and Los Angeles film critics and continued most recently with another victory at BAFTA. Should she prepare an acceptance speech for the Oscars? The vast majority of award pundits at The Envelope think she'll need one, but is it presumptuous to do so? Or foolish for an actress not to have a script prepared in case it's needed for the biggest moment of her life?

Penelope Cruz shared such thoughts with us plus the details of her schedule for the week ahead in L.A. She's got lots of fittings scheduled to pick out the right dress for her march up the Oscars' red carpet plus such work-related gigs as a photo shoot for her upcoming movie, "Nine," directed by Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), based on the Tony Award-winning musical.

"For me this has already been bigger than anything I could ever dream of," she told us.
"I started working in Spain when I was 16. To be in this situation twice, with the other nomination for 'Volver,' I am the first person to be surprised and overwhelmed . . . . Whatever happens, it's been a great adventure from the making of 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' to the great surprises that came with it and after."

Oh, yeah, and by the way, Penelope Cruz proves she has great cyber-taste. "I am a big fan of your website," she says. "I do look at the The Envelope, but I try not to read about myself . . . "

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I loved her in VCB, and the moment I saw her performance I wanted her to get an Oscar for it - she made that movie what it is! I saw it twice and couldn't stop gushing about her - go Penelope!!! Love her and her marvelous comedic performance.

Penélope for the win...!!!

She totally deserve it...

Tom, very entertaining interview as always - I first sew her in the 1992 Spanish movie Jamon, Jamon, when when she was not well known here in the states - she's always so candid and unpretentious. I hope she wins - I'm a little bias since she's Spanish and has my last name!

Tx, Zach. I don't think ANY winner should head to that podium without a script -- winging it is just too dangerous for people when they must be knocked out psychologically

She has a wonderful attitude about not wanting to expect it - not only so she won't be let down but so she can treasure the evening and the memory forever. LOL, Tom, you want her to make sure her speech is great!


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