Pedro Almodovar has said he thinks Elena Anaya, who stars in his latest movie The Skin I Live In, could follow in the footsteps of his muse, Penelope Cruz.
"In addition to her youth and the fact she's a beautiful girl, Elena isn't afraid of any kind of scene," the Spanish director said.
"She has the hardness necessary to handle really difficult scenes and the sensitivity to be able to transmit emotion in a really direct and immediate way," said the filmmaker. "I don't like to make comparisons, but I predict for Elena a future like that of Penelope in the US."
Elena has already had a taste of the experience of working in Hollywood, with her role as a vampire in the 2004 action flick Van Helsing. Though she said she had "lots of fun" on the project, the actress said she's not angling for roles in big-budget blockbusters.
Still, the doe-eyed 35-year-old said she's not ruling anything out.
"You never know what kind of opportunities life holds in store," she said. "It goes without saying that I'm super content and incredibly happy with the opportunity Pedro has given me here.