Penelope Cruz has insisted that she did not draw on his private life, Javier Bardem, the wife to play her last role.
“We don’t take our characters home at the end of the day,” the Spanish star told journalists at the Cannes film Festival.
In all the world Knows, who opened the festival on Tuesday, Cruz plays a mother whose teenage daughter is kidnapped.
Cruz, who has two children with Bardem, also revealed she was paid the same as her husband to appear in Asghar Farhadi’s drama.
In the film, Cruz plays a mother who turns to an ex-boyfriend, played by Bardem, when her child is abducted.
However, the actress has said that she did not draw on his own experience as a mother to evoke the painful emotions, the work that is required.
“Maybe I’ve made the experience when I was younger,” Cruz said Wednesday.
“When I was in my twenties, I thought that the more I tortured, the more I want to stay in the character and the better would be the result.
“Now, I have a life and I have my job, which allows me to jump between reality and fiction a number of times per day.
“It would not make your life better if you used some things from your private life.”
Iranian director Farhadi, who won an Oscar for his film A Separation and The Seller of shooting, everyone Knows, in Spain, in spite of not knowing the language.
Bardem has hailed the result as “one of the most Spanish films a director can make”, adding: “It is very gratifying to see someone of a totally different culture to make a wonderful piece of work.”More from Cannes:
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Cruz echoed her husband’s sentiments, describing the director as a “sponge” who had “put many years of his life” in the project.
“I deeply believe that human beings are not different in terms of their culture,” said Farhadi. “When it comes to emotions and feelings, we are pretty much all the same.”
The director has said that he hopes that his film will finally be shown in its country of origin “, without being edited differently” by the authorities.
Farhadi is one of the two iranian directors this year, whose films have been selected to compete for the Palme d’or at Cannes, ” the highest distinction.
The other, Jafar Panahi, has been banned from leaving Iran since 2010 and will not be able to attend this weekend’s screenings of his film the Three Faces.
“It is a strange feeling for me to be able to be here while he is not,” said Farhadi. “I continue to hope that it will be able to come.
“It is great that he is able to continue his work in the face of such adversity.”
The Cannes film Festival continues until May 19.
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