Date: 20th April 2001
Spanish actress PenÚlope CRUZ fell in love with her part in CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN (2001).
In the film, based on the bestselling book by LOUIS DE BERNIERES, Cruz plays a Greek girl wooed by an Italian army officer on the Greek island of Cephallonia during the Second World War (1939-1945).
The film had its world premiere in London's LEICESTER SQUARE last night (19APR01) in aid of the RED CROSS. Cruz, who starred alongside NICOLAS CAGE, wore a black RALPH LAUREN dress and clutched a lacy black shawl as she arrived. She said she fell in love with the script the minute she read it. "I was so happy when I found out that I had got the part because I loved the character so much."
Cruz is one of Hollywood's hottest properties at the moment having recently starred alongside TOM CRUISE in VANILLA SKY (2001). There had been reports of a relationship between the pair which brought about the end of Cruise's marriage to NICOLE KIDMAN. The actress dismissed any such suggestions. "I have been hearing gossip and lies since I began working when I was 17," she said. "I used to get very angry but I am not the only one who is going through that." (PDD/WNWCAN)