Penelope Cruz started her modelling career for some big brands and magazines, and then ventured into acting with the Spanish film ‘Jamon Jamon.' She received critical acclaim for her debut film and it also went on to become a mega success, box critically and commercially. Following the footsteps of Spanish artists, she moved to Hollywood and starred in some notable films, such as ‘The Girl of Your Dreams,' ‘Women on Top,’ ‘Open Your Eyes,’ and ‘The Hi-Lo country.' However, her career really blossomed in the early 2000s with some critically acclaimed roles in films, such as ‘Vanilla Sky’ and ‘Blow,’ which, by far, are known as the best Penelope Cruz roles.
She slowly firmed her foothold in Hollywood, which led to more filmmakers signing her on for films of different genres. Her filmography then expanded with the films, such as ‘Waking up in Reno,’ ‘Gothika,’ ‘Sahara,’ ‘Noel,’ ‘Volver,’ and ‘Nine.’
Woody Allen’s romantic comedy film ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ got her an Academy award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
She has also been a part of some failed films, such as ‘Captain Corelli’s Mountain’ and ‘Zoolander 2.'