Oscar-winning Spanish actress Penelope Cruz has made a transition to behind the camera. The Hollywood star turns director for a promotional video for her new lingerie collection for Agent Provocateur.
The glamorous 39-year-old designed the underwear collection with her younger sister Monica. This is not the first time the sisters have come together in the name of fashion, with both collaborating for Spanish brand Mango and Samantha Thavasa in previous years.
The Spanish actresses were both pregnant during the design process of the Agent Provocateur collection and since have given birth to baby girls.
Despite not featuring in the video herself, the Vanilla Sky actress directed a group of long-legged models to take her place in order to flaunt the sexy lingerie.
Taking centre stage in the promotional scenes is girlfriend to Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, Irina Shayk. The Russian model is pursued by Spanish actor Miguel Angel Silvestre in the video among a room of half-clothed women.
Miguel is able to see the women in their lingerie only when he puts on his sunglasses, but is awoken from his indulgent fantasy by Penelope’s actor husband, Javier Bardem, who makes a cameo in the video.
The luxury French lingerie brand created a behind-the-scenes video of the sensual shoot with Penelope revealing the creative purpose of the story.
“It’s important to send the message that this is for everybody. I can find beauty in so many different types of women. I didn’t just want to show the beautiful bodies of the models, I wanted to tell a story,” she explained.
While Penelope opted to remain behind the camera, Monica Cruz makes a cameo appearance in the clip.
“I got my sister a few days before she gave birth and I thought she wasn’t going to make it but she came and looked beautiful,” Penelope gushed.
The lingerie range is named after Spanish girls which include the Clementina, the Alycee and of course the Penelope and the Mónica.
The collection features wearable yet flattering bras, briefs and baby dolls dress ranging from classic black and neutral tones to vibrant hot pinks and bright greens.
The debut collection will go on sale in stockists including Net-A-Porter.com, Selfridges, House of Fraser and John Lewis.
The 39-year-old Oscar-winning actress and her husband Javier Bardem, 44, who already have a two-year-old son, Leonardo, welcomed their second child into the world in Madrid, Spain, on Monday evening, and sources have confirmed that she gave birth to their first daughter.
According to Hola! magazine the ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ actress delivered her baby at the Ruber Internacional hospital with her ‘Skyfall’ actor husband, as well as her parents and siblings, Monica and Eduardo Cruz, by her side.
The notoriously private couple have yet to provide any further details about the baby, including the child’s weight and name.
Shortly after welcoming her first child, Penelope said she felt like motherhood completely changed her.
She explained: “From the first second, you feel so much love. It is a revolutionary experience. That’s the best way I can describe it. It transforms you completely, in a second. Nature is very wise and gives you nine months to prepare, but in that moment, when you see that face, you are transformed forever.”
The ‘Nine’ star also wants her family to have a normal life.
She recently said: “I want my son and my kids – if I have more – to grow up in a way that is as anonymous as possible. The fact that his father and I have chosen to do the work we do doesn’t give anybody the right to invade our privacy.”
Hey folks, I’ve added a ton of new photos in the gallery that was not added back in 2012. Good thing for me Penelope has been under the radar until her movie, The Counsellor. So I’ve added magazine photos from Vogue Spain November 2012 issue, photoshoots, and appearances from the premiere and photocall of Venuto Al Mondo (aka Twice Born). Enjoy!
Penelope Cruz won’t be following in the footsteps of former Bond girls Halle Berry and Denise Richards, a production source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “Penelope is not in talks to be a Bond girl in a James Bond movie,” the insider says. “The stories are totally false.”
The casting rumors began June 2 when Yahoo UK reported that the 39-year-old Academy Award winner was in negotiations to film the 24th installment of the James Bond series next summer. Sources told the website that producers “had tried to get Penelope before, but she has never been available because of other commitments.”
Though the Spanish star won’t be the next Bond girl, Cruz is no stranger to big movie franchises. In 2011, she starred opposite Johnny Depp in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. She next appears in The Counselor (in theaters Oct. 25) with Bardem, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz.
The actress, who has a 2-year-old son named Leo, is currently pregnant with her second child.