Penelope Cruz makes less films so she can be there for her children

Penelope Cruz considers her film roles “carefully” so she can be around for her children.
The Oscar-winning actress is married to fellow Spanish star Javier Bardem and the couple share two children, Leo, eight, and Luna, six.
In a chat with The Evening Standard at the premiere of Pain and Glory at Somerset House in London on Thursday night (08Aug19) Cruz shared she has cut back from making her previous four or five films a year because she wants “to be able to raise my children myself.”
“Because I have two kids and they are young, I decide based on location and how much time (a film) will take,” she told the British news outlet.
“That’s why I take just one or two a year. For many years I was doing four or five a year. I cannot have that rhythm now that I am a mother. I want to be able to raise my children myself, so that makes the decision,” the 45-year-old continued. “You really have to really look carefully when you say yes to a film.”
For Pain and Glory, which also stars The Mask of Zorro star Antonio Banderas, Cruz reunited with Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, who directed her in Volver and All About My Mother. The actress, who won the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Vicky Cristina Barcelona in 2009, pondered whether Spanish film talent will appear on awards list again.
“You never know if you’re going to see more Spanish Oscar winners,” she smiled.