Saturday, October 12, 2013

Penélope Cruz & Melissa McCarthy for ELLE November 2013 'Women In Hollywood' Issue - First Look

Photographed by Nico 

On her Hollywood stardom: "The concept of a 'star' will always sound foreign and surreal to me because growing up in my country, you're an actor, not a star."

On the best piece of career advice she’s ever received: "How important it is to learn to say no. You're going to have to put a lot of your time into a project, and you have to know if it's something you really feel connected with, because it's not a job you can do like you press a button—no."

Photographed by Thomas Whiteside

On playing nontraditional female comedic leads: "A lot of times, women have had all their tools taken away (in Hollywood comedies). It's like you're never inappropriate, you have the greatest job, you look great, your hair is amazing, and now go be funny. And it's like, with what? You have to fall down for us to want to watch you get back up. And it's like they never let you watch women fall down."

On which comediennes she enjoys watching: "I watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Veep and she is so good, because she is playing the world's biggest a-hole narcissist, and yet you can't take your eyes off of her. In fact, you still strangely like her and almost want to hang with her."

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