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Cruz reveals secret: insecurity

PENELOPE Cruz says she always feels trepidation on a movie set, despite an Academy Award and acclaim for performances in both English and Spanish.

"Every time I am making a movie I feel insecure, and I feel scared, and that's part of the way I work," said the Spanish star.

She plays an actress caught between her film-director lover and a rich, ruthless businessman in director Pedro Almodovar's Cannes contender "Broken Embraces."

"If one day I would be on the set feeling too secure - that would really scare me."

None of that nervousness shows in the film, a color-drenched blend of romance, melodrama and humor. Cruz is radiant, and Almodovar styles her in visual homages to Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and other classic cinema stars.

She also appears in a hilarious movie-within-the-movie, a rapid-fire comedy with more than a passing resemblance to Almodovar's 1988 breakout film "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."

Cruz, 35, who won this year's supporting-actress Oscar for her feisty, funny turn in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," said she found the comedy in "Broken Embraces" harder to play than its drama.

"It's a very delicate and subtle tone, especially with Pedro," Cruz said. "He's like an orchestra director - very, very precise."


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