The renowned Spanish actress Penelope Cruz has received a lot of attention from various publications lately. After landing on the cover of Vogue US sporting a fab natural look, she now sports a rather different look for the British edition of the GQ magazine. Upping the glam factor and sporting a provocative, yet undoubtedly refined and sophisticated look, the actress truly seems to have found the fountain of youth.

Given the fact that the premiere of the “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is just days from now, it’s no wonder that this subject is now on everyone’s lips. Without spilling the beans as far as the actual movie is concerned, Penelope reveals her excitement to work on this uber successful project by describing her feelings back when the offer was made to her:

“Rob and I were eating together and he turned to me and said, ‘I have this question to ask you but I don’t know if I’m brave enough to ask as you may say ‘No’. ‘Well Rob, you have to ask me,’ I said. And he turned and asked, ‘Would you like to do ‘Pirates’ with me and Johnny?’ I heard this and screamed. A very good scream. I really love Rob and have longed to work with him again. I want to kiss his feet.”

Movie director Rob Marshall is not the only person that is close to the actress’ heart. Apparently, Hollywood hunk Johnny Depp is a dear friend of hers as well: “Johnny is a great friend, so genuine and unique. My memories of ‘Blow’. Wow that was such an extreme period. It was a wild set, very rock ‘n’ roll. I had missed working with him.”

Speaking about the experience while working on the set of the “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” also triggered a few memories from the times she was just starting out as an actress:

“When I started, when I was 16 or 17, I never even considered not doing a project. I just wanted to work. I knew who some of those I would work with would be pleasant, and others would be these huge a–holes.” However, things have greatly improved since then: “But now, if there’s one thing I can afford to do, having worked so hard for all of these years, it’s that if I go into a meeting with someone that is offering me a movie and I can clearly see they are going to be an a–hole, I will not do the movie. No matter what it is.”

While the famous franchise is yet another stepping stone on the road to success in her career, the actress has had another life changing event that caused her make a series of dramatic changes: the birth of her son, Leo. The experience of motherhood has made her appreciate popular wisdom as she herself states: “Everybody tells you things change. And then all those cliches, all those things you hear about having a baby and motherhood – all of them are true. And all of them are the most beautiful things you will ever experience. So yes, your priorities change. It’s from the second you see that little face, your life has changed forever.”

Penelope Cruz Talks Baby and New Penelope Cruz Talks Baby and New

Photo courtesy of GQ UK