Penelope Cruz has undergone a striking transformation from glamorous actress to breast cancer patient for her recent movie. In Spanish film Ma Ma, the actress appears bald as her character loses her hair, before needing a mastectomy for the lump in her breast.
The Oscar-winning thespian, 41, plays Magda, an unemployed teacher with a young son whose life is thrown into turmoil by a cancer diagnosis and a romance with a widower. Penelope previously said she was honoured to be playing such a ‘goddess’ and wanted her physical changes to look as authentic as possible. More after the cut….
‘It was very important to me to take risks and at no time did I worry if I looked beautiful, was ugly or very ugly,’ she said. ‘It is a tribute to all women who face this disease.’ ‘This is one of the most wonderful characters that I will ever be offered to play. I fell in love with the story of this woman, who is like a goddess, a sage.’ :said Penelope
Penelope Cruz, who also produced the movie, was visited by her father on the set of Ma Ma in 2014. He died in June the following year.Penelope has two children of her own, Luna, 2, and Leo, 4, with husband and Skyfall star Javier Bardem.
She with star alongside Bardem in upcoming movie Escobar, about a romance between a journalist and the famous drug lord Pablo Escobar. Ma Ma is set for worldwide release after being initially only shown in Spain