The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story‘s Penelope Cruz is featured in the October 2017 issue of Interview Magazine.
In 2009, Penélope Cruz became the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award—a sky-high career peak if ever there was one. Since her film debut in 1992, she made the transatlantic journey from art-house muse to major Hollywood force, mesmerizing audiences with her volcanic on-screen range. Of late, Cruz has gone a bit under the radar, taking time to raise a family with her husband (and frequent co-star), Javier Bardem. But this fall brings another wave of transformation her way. She will be seen next month in Murder on the Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel. And then early next year she will embody the inimitable Donatella Versace in what might be the most anticipated TV event of 2018: Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
On acting: “But when I did my first movie, when I was around 17, I just fell in love with acting. That’s when I stopped dancing.”
On being a working mom: “We infrequently take holidays, because the kids are young and because of our jobs. I try to travel no more than we have to. I’ve only been away from my kids for a day and a half in almost seven years. I’ve had to do that three times, and I’m hoping it can stay that way. When I’m not working, I’m taking time to be a mother.”
On playing Donatella Versace in American Crime Story: ” I know her a little bit, and I really like her. I had a few questions about how he was going to handle her portrayal, but he’s so classy, and he’s very respectful to people. This is a delicate story, because I’m playing someone who is alive, someone who lost her brother in a horrible way, and someone who still misses him very much 20 years later. I was not used to the rhythm of doing television.”
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres in early 2018 on FX.
Photography: Christian MacDonald