Academy Award-winning actress Penelope Cruz revealed she was upset after filming her first nude scene at 18 years-old, afraid she would never work again.
Cruz, 43, who was featured on Esquire’s November magazine cover, told the publication about her nude scene for the 1992 film “Jamon Jamon.” The movie also featured her future husband, Javier Bardem.
“I had a feeling the movie (‘Jamon, Jamon’) was going to be special,” Cruz told Esquire. “I knew the script was good. I knew there was something very unique there. Even if I had not seen many scripts before, it was so clear, it was so brave, so refreshing. And yes, it was very sexy.”
She added, “I thought, ‘There is a character there, there is a style, the material is really good.’ Of course I was not looking forward to those scenes but I did it. Everyone was really respectful, aware of the fact that I was 18. I remember the last day of filming, I was crying, saying, ‘What if I never shoot a movie again?’ The feeling was devastating. ‘Who knows when I will see these people again?’ Including Javier.”
Bardem gave an interview last year with the publication and recalled “Jamon, Jamon.”
“There was obvious chemistry between us,” Bardem said of Cruz. “I mean, it’s all there on film; it’s like a document of our passion. One day we’re going to have to show the kids — imagine! ‘Mummy, Daddy, what did you do in the movies together?’ Well, my children, you should celebrate this movie as you’re here because of it.”
Cruz’s cover of Esquire will be released on Oct. 17