Photo: Penelope Cruz
Spanish actress Penelope Cruz said that fame, one of the subjects dealt with in the new Woody Allen film “To Rome With Love” in which she plays a leading role, has not brought her “true happiness” and objected to the way children’s privacy in the United States goes unprotected.
“The only good thing fame has brought me is the chance to experience it at first hand and realize it doesn’t bring true happiness,” the Madrid actress said at the presentation of the film at a hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
“I agree with Woody that some of the advantages of fame are very unjust and disgusting, but some its disadvantages are pretty tough to fight against, to the point that people sometimes ask me if I want to continue in this profession,” the winner of an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” said, an allusion to the ceaseless harassment by certain media.
“I don’t care if they take my picture, but when they take photos of my family or write about my family, especially when we’re talking about little children…I can’t tolerate that,” Cruz said.
The star of Pedro Almodovar films like “Volver” (To Return) and “Los Abrazos Rotos” (Broken Embraces) recalled that the protection of minors in the media depends upon each country and regretted the way the matter stands in the United States.
“There’s no protection here. They can publish children’s faces and I’m against that 100 percent. Magazines have whole pages showing only children. I don’t really care if they take my photo, but that’s something else and shouldn’t be allowed,” she said.