Penelope Cruz revealed that her mother Encarna understood her when she was so upset doing nude scenes in her first film 'Jamon Jamon'.
The 37-year-old actress did some frank nude scenes for the first and only time in her life in the movie starring Javier Bardem.
"She also understood me when I was so upset about my first film, Jamon Jamon. I did not handle it at all well. I had a strong reaction to anything sexual or sensual for a while. I cut my hair short. I didn''t do any love scenes -- not even kisses -- for many years," the Sun quoted her as saying.
"I was told by everyone: 'You are risking your career' but I followed my heart. "My mother was at ease with what I had done and inspired me to go on to do other things.
"I realise now that Bigas Luna, the director of Jamon Jamon, was giving me a great opportunity and I feel grateful. I first met Javier on that film, too. I have always thought he was one of the most incredible actors in the world," she added.
Cruz also said that she has always enjoyed being a woman and appreciated how wonderful we are" due to her mother.
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