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Penelope Cruz has never thought of herself as beautiful

Penelope Cruz wouldn’t put on or lose weight for a film role now that she is a mother.

Penelope Cruz doesn’t think of herself as a beauty.

Despite her striking good looks, Spanish actress Penelope just sees her face as a changeable tool, which comes in handy thanks to her Hollywood career. She often features in world's most beautiful women lists, but the 42-year-old has never stopped to think about her own appearance.

“What a difficult question – I don’t think that I have ever thought that about myself,” a puzzled Penelope told Britain’s Hello! magazine. “I am an actor and I think I have a physique that can transform a lot and a face that can change a lot, and that is a good thing for my job because I have done a range of characters. Some of them looked good and some bad, but I have no problem looking bad if that is what a character needs.”

While she’s arguably looked good in the majority of her roles, including Zoolander 2, Nine and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the actress is adamant it doesn’t matter to her.

She also touched upon the issue of a star’s weight when winning a role, explaining she’s not interested in piling on the pounds, or losing them, to land a good part. Stars like Jared Leto have gone to extremes at both ends of the scale for career-defining parts, but it’s not on the cards for Penelope.

“These days I wouldn’t put my health at risk because I am a mother. And anyway, acting is not about looking too thin or too fat, it’s about acting,” she stated. “I see actors gaining weight and I also see them losing weight, which is even more dangerous and I would not do that.”

Penelope is married to Javier Bardem and the couple has children Luna and Leo together.

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