Date: 3rd April 2001
CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN (2001) star penÚlope Cruz is glad she failed to win fame at an early age - because mentally she wasn't ready.
The stunning Spanish actress, 26, is level-headed about her recent rise to stardom thanks to movies like VANILLA SKY (2001), in which she wowed audiences alongside Hollywood hunk TOM CRUISE.
She says, "I think it's perfect timing. Something was about to happen when I was about 19 or 20, but I wasn't ready for it because of my English and because my head wasn't ready. "I don't have it as idealised now. It's more about the work, to play as many different characters as possible.
My English is a lot better; now I study it every day with a teacher." (KMW/TF/KW)