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Monica Cruz
Mónica Cruz
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Mónica Cruz at the premiere of the film Jerry Cotton in Munich on 28 February 2010.
Born
Mónica Cruz Sánchez

(1977-03-16) 16 March 1977 (age 42)
OccupationActress, dancer, model, fashion designer
Years active1999-present
Children1
RelativesPenélope Cruz (sister)

Mónica Cruz Sánchez (born 16 March 1977) is a Spanish actress, dancer and fashion designer.[1] She is the younger sister of actress Penélope Cruz.

Early life

Mónica Cruz was born in the working-class town of Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain, the daughter of Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser, and Eduardo Cruz (d. 2015),[2] a retailer and auto mechanic.[3][4] Throughout her childhood, she lived in Alcobendas. She is the middle child of three; older sister Penélope is an actress, and younger brother Eduardo (born in 1986) is a singer.[5] Her parents divorced in 1999, and her father remarried Carmen Moreno in 2003. Moreno gave birth to a girl, Salma Cruz, on 24 February 2012.[6] Penélope and Mónica distinguished themselves as promising young dancers and both received professional instruction; Penélope attended Spain's National Conservatory while Mónica enrolled in The Royal Academy of Dance to study traditional ballet and flamenco.

Career

Upon graduating from the academy, Cruz joined Joaquín Cortés' flamenco dance company. She stayed with the company for seven years until, in 2002, she left dancing to pursue a career as an actress. In 2005, she starred in the Spanish television show Un Paso Adelante alongside Beatriz Luengo, Miguel Ángel Muñoz, Pablo Puyol and Silvia Marty.

Cruz at the 2018 Goya Awards

In 2010, her sister Penélope was pregnant while filming scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Towards the latter half of shooting, her pregnancy was quite apparent, so the filmmakers had to figure methods of shooting around it. This included shooting Penélope in close up scenes while hiring Mónica to stand-in for long distance scenes due to her identical appearance to her sister. In 2012, she appeared in a television commercial for video game New Super Mario Bros. 2.[7][8]

In 2017, Cruz appeared in the music video for British band Jamiroquai's "Cloud 9" from their album Automaton. She also took part in Spanish television series Velvet Colección, where she plays Carmela Cortés, a gypsy flamenco dancer. She shot the second season at the end of 2018.[1]

Fashion and modeling

In 2007, Cruz and her sister designed a 25-piece Urban and Evening wear collection for Spanish clothing retailer Mango.[9] The sisters have previously designed a collection of jewelry and handbags for Japanese fashion house Samantha Thavasa.[10][11] Cruz and her sister created two collections for Swiss retailer Charles Vögele in 2010 and 2011.[12] The Spring/Summer 2011 collection, titled "Biaggini Violett" became available in Europe and included denim shorts, striped tops, blazers and dresses.[13] The pair teamed up again 2013 to design a lingerie line titled L'Agent for British lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur.[14][15] She also modeled for Agent Provocateur's Autumn/Winter 2012-13 campaign.[14][16]

Cruz has graced the cover of several international fashion magazines, including Mexico's Cosmopolitan and Vanidades; Spain's Elle, Mujerhoy, Women's Health and Glamour and Holland's L'Officiel.[17][18] In July 2019, Cruz was a cover girl and guest editor for Baszari Journal's Haute Summer Special issue.[19] She has appeared in advertisements for Betsson,[20]Nescafe,[21]Gabriella Vivaldi,[22]TechnoMarine,[23]Once,[24]Hokana sunglasses,[25]Majorica jewelry[26] and Kypers eyewear.[27]

Personal life

Mónica Cruz in her dance studio in Madrid in July 2007.

She gave birth to her first child, Antonella Cruz Sánchez on May 14, 2013.[28][29] Her daughter was conceived via artificial insemination and has no legal father.[30]

Cruz loves flamenco dancing, saying "dancing is my first passion. It teaches a wonderful discipline and that discipline stays with you. My sister and I talk all the time about how much it has helped us."[30]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Girl of Your Dreams N/A Credited as choreographer
2002-05 Un Paso Adelante Silvia Jáuregui 81 episodes
2006 The Inquiry Tabitha
2007 Caminando Mary Carmen Maya
2008 Last Hour Rosa Mulero
2008 Asterix at the Olympic Games Esmeralda
2008 All Inclusive Clemencia
2008 Susurros Clara Short film
2010 9 meses Inma
2010 Jerry Cotton Malena
2011 Iron Cross Gaby
2011-13 Águila Roja Mariana 20 episodes
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Angelica (body double for Penélope Cruz)
2017-18 Velvet Colección Carmela Cortés 13 episodes
2019 Madres Carmen Irujo 13 episodes
Music video roles
Year Song Artist
1994 "Un mundo separado por el mismo dios" Nacho Cano
2006 "Cosas que contar" Eduardo Cruz
2017 "Cloud 9" Jamiroquai

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
2007 Capri Hollywood International Film Festival Capri Fiction Award The Inquiry Won

References

  1. ^ a b "Mónica Cruz". IMDb. Retrieved .
  2. ^ http://people.com/movies/penelope-cruzs-father-died-eduardo-cruz-dies-at-62/
  3. ^ "Penelope Cruz Biography (1974-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "The Rising Star of Penelope Cruz". CBS News. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Vries, Hilary De (2013-06-09). "Penelope Cruz: Will She Say I Do, or I Don't". Marie Claire. Archived from the original on 2013-11-13. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Penelope Cruz's sister born after father welcomes little girl with second wife Carmen Moreno". hellomagazine.com. 2012-02-29. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Nintendo 3DS - Penelope Cruz and Monica Cruz have a bet over New Super Mario Bros 2, retrieved
  8. ^ "New Super Mario Bros. 2 Penélope & Mónica Cruz TV ad - Nintendo Everything". nintendoeverything.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Penelope & Monica Cruz for Mango". Trendland Online Magazine Curating the Web since 2006. 2009-02-27. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Penélope Cruz". Diversity Woman. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Samantha Thavasa Handbags Presentation from Party Pics: Global". E! Online. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Penelope and Monica Cruz's Second Collection for Charles Vogele". InStyle.com. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Penelope and Monica Cruz for Charles Vögele Spring/Summer 2011". Hairstyles - Fashion Trends - Makeup Tips. 2011-03-15. Retrieved .
  14. ^ a b Karmali, Sarah. "Underneath Their Clothes: The Cruz Sisters' Lingerie". British Vogue. Retrieved .
  15. ^ Berry, Allison. "Penelope and Monica Cruz to Launch Lingerie Line with Agent Provocateur". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved .
  16. ^ Hayes, Martha (2015-09-19). "Penélope Cruz: 'I love Spain, but I feel like a citizen of the world'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Mónica Cruz Magazine Cover Photos - List of magazine covers featuring Mónica Cruz - FamousFix". FamousFix.com. Retrieved .
  18. ^ FashionModelDirectory.com, The FMD-. "Cover of L'Officiel Netherlands with Monica Cruz, December 2008 (ID:1197)| Magazines | The FMD". The FMD - FashionModelDirectory.com. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "Mónica Cruz on Instagram: "#Repost @baszarishop with @repostapp Happy Friday! Baszari Journal Haute Summer Special is here! Honored to have @monicacruzoficial as..."". Instagram. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "Mónica Cruz on Instagram: "Feliz de poder presentaros mi nueva colaboración con la familia @betsson_es #vamosapasarlobien ?"". Instagram. Retrieved .
  21. ^ "Nescafe Shakissimo Campaign with Monica Cruz". Valero Rioja Photography (in Spanish). Retrieved .
  22. ^ Magazines, BRATZ (2010-03-21), Monica Cruz for Gabriella Vivaldi, retrieved
  23. ^ France, Zakka. "TechnoMarine - "Monica Cruz"". www.adforum.com. Retrieved .
  24. ^ "Monica Cruz, Penelope Cruz's sister and lookalike". Getty Images. Retrieved .
  25. ^ "Mónica Cruz on Instagram: "Llega mayo, llega el sol y yo siempre preparada gracias a @hokanasunglasses #MesDeLasFlores #May #TribuHokana"". Instagram. Retrieved .
  26. ^ "Majorica 1890 on Instagram: "¡Menos es más!. ... Sé la más #dulce y #femenina con la colección Nuada. #Minimalista y #discreta, se convertirá en una de..."". Instagram. Retrieved .
  27. ^ "Mónica Cruz on Instagram: "han visto la última colección de gafas de sol de @kypers_eyewear? Yo me he enamorado del modelo #Guanter feliz finde a todos! "". Instagram. Retrieved .
  28. ^ ESME (2016-03-16). "Monica Cruz: Single Mother by Choice". ESME. Retrieved .
  29. ^ Voxxi, Voxxi (2013-05-24). "Monica Cruz Welcomes Baby Girl". HuffPost. Retrieved .
  30. ^ a b ESME (2016-03-15). "Monica Cruz: Single Mother by Choice". ESME. Retrieved .

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