Penelope Cruz's mum gave her strength to cope with nude scenes

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 scenesĀ -- not even kissesĀ -- 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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