Penélope Cruz, 2012.iCons project for Elton John AIDS Foundation

Penelope was a dream and every inch as beautiful in the flesh as she is on film. I was all set up and ready to shoot in The Dorchester hotel, when Penelope arrived. I could hear muffled talking and laughing as she entered, and following her in the studio was her husband the actor Javier Bardem. I had shot Javier before and we got on very well so he wanted to come to the shoot to see me and say hi. My idea for Penelope was a sexy brooding shot. But every time we started shooting Javier kept making comments to her in Spanish. I've no idea what was said but each time her cheeks flushed and she burst into hysterical laughter. I took the chance to take some fun shots during their banter but when I wanted the brooding shots I made Javier stand outside like a naughty schoolboy, which actually made her laugh more. But eventually I got the shot I was after.

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Photoshoot Details

Location : The Dorchester, London
Date        : 2012
Artist       : Penélope Cruz


Giclée fine art print.


Small: 51 x 61 cm (20 x 24") | Edition: 70

Medium: 76 x 102 cm (30 x 40") | Edition: 50

Large: 102 x 152 cm (40 x 60") | Edition: 30


Each print is signed, numbered and embossed by the artist.

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Black or white painted ash frames with a matt lacquer.

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Born in Spain in 1974, actress Penelope Cruz studied classical ballet at a young age and later moved to Hollywood, California, to pursue acting.

She soon landed roles opposite the likes of Matt Damon and Tom Cruise. She won an Academy Award—becoming the first Spanish actress to do so—for her performance in the film Vicky Christina Barcelona.

Cruz married her Vicky Cristina Barcelona co-star, Spanish actor Javier Bardem, in 2010.