Parallel Mothers is her seventh film with Pedro Almodóvar, for which she won the International Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Awards.
And in scenes aired Friday night by Graham Norton, Penelope Cruz, 47, reveals she became possessive about the prop babies and dolls used on the set of the film, admitting: “I had a reaction crazy !”.
Elsewhere during the chat show, the film’s director Pedro Almodóvar, 72, calls the Spanish actress “the perfect kind of mother”.
Crazy reaction: In scenes aired Friday in Graham Norton, Penelope Cruz, 47, reveals she became possessive about babies and prop dolls used on the set of Parallel Mothers
Speaking of the birth scenes in the film, Penélope says, “Pedro is so great because he knows so much about almost everything, but when there’s something he’s not an expert on, he’s not afraid. to ask questions.
“He gave me and other women a lot of freedom and confidence. He pointed the camera at me and just said, ‘Have a baby.’
Revealing her great love for the baby on set, she says, “We were all trying to take care of her and compete for her affection. I’m sure she was really confused.
“I also had a crazy reaction when someone tried to take the real baby or accessory doll away from me. I think it’s a good sign that after four months of rehearsals and three months of filming, things are happening in your head.
Gushing: Elsewhere during the chat show, the film’s director Pedro Almodóvar, 72, calls the Spanish actress ‘the perfect kind of mother’
Oh my! “Before Penelope, the type of housewife in Spanish cinema was short and fat – not attractive at all. Penelope is like an Italian housewife, like Sophia Loren’ says Pedro
Pedro, speaking of working together seven times, said of Penelope: “To me, she’s the perfect kind of mother.
“Before Penelope, the type of housewife in Spanish cinema was short and fat – not attractive at all. Penelope is like an Italian housewife, like Sophia Loren. Since Penelope, all the housewives in Spanish films are now very attractive!
Speaking more about the film, Pedro says, “I wrote the first draft in 2009 but left it because I wasn’t completely happy with it. I took advantage of being alone during the pandemic to focus and rewrite it. Writing was the only way to escape this terrible situation.
When asked if his mother had ever seen his work, he said: “She was happy and very proud that her boy had succeeded, but she never saw my films because she had the intuition that I was a little dirty. In the 80s and 90s, I was actually a very dirty storyteller! »
Featured guests: On Friday’s show, Graham Norton also hosts X-Men star James McAvoy
Certainly not! James, speaking of the challenge of making the improvisational thriller My Son, says, “For me, the whole movie was improvised!”
Being stuck: ‘The rest of the cast and crew had a script and all rehearsed with each other… I had to learn what happened next as we went along – it was crazy’
On Friday’s show, Graham Norton also hosts X-Men star James McAvoy, rising star Nicole Lecky and singer-songwriter Ella Henderson.
James, speaking about the challenge of making the improvisational thriller My Son, said: “The whole film for me was improvised – the rest of the cast and crew had a script and had all rehearsed with each other and a another actor was playing me for weeks. I had to learn what happened next as we went along – it was crazy.
Revealing one of his improvised scenes was not accepted, he explains: “The French director designed everything to preserve the first take so that everything I did was as real, natural and truthful as possible.
“Usually we’d capture the first thing I did and move on, but this time a car came out of nowhere and I got scared, so I decided to hide.”
“I climbed a tree – and climbed high. I felt really proud of myself, but when I came down the director said, “I need you to do it a different way, because how do you say in English? It’s just a little f **king stupid!”.’
Rising star: On Friday’s show, Graham Norton also hosts rising star Nicôle Lecky, who talks about writing and looking in TSWT Three’s new drama series Mood
Heart and humour: Nicôle describes Mood as “a high-octane ride” and says: “He has a lot of heart and a lot of humor”
Nicole, speaking about writing and starring in TSWT Three’s new drama series Mood, which she describes as ‘A high-octane ride’, says: ‘He has a lot of heart and a lot of humour’ .
“I saw a shocking website so I did a lot of research and talked to loads of women. I felt there was nothing on television like a modern day tale of how women with ambitions to be actresses or singers got into sex work.
Asked about the fabulous musical numbers, she gushed: “We had so much fun, and I would come onto the set and think, ‘How the hell did I pull it off? How did I convince the TSWT to do this?
Musical guest: Ella Henderson performs Brave live in the studio
Ella Henderson performs Brave live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat, where she talks about the success of her 2014 debut album.
When asked if there was pressure to produce another one, Ella admits: “I was 18 and had incredible success and an incredible run with it, but when I came back from all that , I realized I had nothing to talk about so I just wanted to live a little, I just didn’t feel normal.
“I needed time to grow up – the transition from teenager to young woman is crazy enough out of the spotlight that I didn’t want to do it in it.
“I wrote a lot in that time, but I didn’t want to pressure myself – I was like, ‘I’ll know when I’m ready to move on again. You have to be mentally prepared for this as well as musically.
The Graham Norton Show, Friday January 28 TSWT One at 10:35 p.m. and available on TSWT iPlayer.
Career chat: Joining Graham for a chat, Ella talks about the success of her 2014 debut album and the pressure to produce another