How did the love of Javier and Penelope begin?

At the first meeting, they were forbidden, but life still united them. The love affair between Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem has evolved over the years .

Mar 30, 2022 - 17:01
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How did the love of Javier and Penelope begin?

The love affair between Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem has evolved over the years. Namely, Penélope and Javier had known each other for more than a decade before their relationship became romantic. The couple met on the set of the 1992 film ‘Ham, Ham’, and met again on the set of Woody Allen’s 2008 film ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’. The love sparks started flickering after that second encounter as they soon started dating. They secretly got married in 2010, and soon after that, they welcomed their son Leo in 2011 and their daughter Luna, who was born in 2013.

But they didn’t just collaborate on those two films. Behind them are several film achievements, which is why they were called the most charismatic couple on the movie screen. In 2018, the film ‘Loving Pablo’ was released in which Penélope plays Virginia Vallejo, a famous Colombian journalist and television presenter who had an affair with Pablo Escobar, the most notorious drug dealer in the country. Pablo was played in that film by none other than Javier. That the drama with elements of thriller suits them well, they proved with the film 'Everyone knows everything' from 2018, and we believe that this will not be the last film on the list of their joint projects.

A beauty who was in no hurry to calm down

As for their love affair, the actress referred to the beginning of a relationship with her husband in Marie Claire magazine in February 2019.

'My life is ... different. But it’s the life I’ve always wanted. When I was four or five, I was already acting in my head, and the characters in my games have always been mothers. I’ve really wanted to be a mother, ever since I know myself. But I did it when I felt it was the right time. The right time, but also the right person ' she said then.

She was a minor at the first meeting

‘Ham, Ham’ was certainly not the right time as Penélope was only 16 at the time, and the role of Sylvia was her first film role. Javier, her first film partner, was in his early twenties, and although he immediately felt the chemistry towards Penélope, as she did towards him, the real gentleman as he was was determined not to let anything happen between them then. When they met on the set of 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona', it was immediately clear that they were attracted, but they were both afraid to take the first step so as not to jeopardize their professional relationship. But they could no longer control their passion on the last recording, so they admitted their feelings at the party that followed.

Javier admitted in an interview that he was tormented by scenes in which his character argues with Penelope's character because he didn't know if he could handle her if she proved to be equally passionate in real life. But this point of stumbling in their relationship was obviously easily resolved. After all, they have a family now and are much wiser than when they first met.

Their lives have changed

'Life has changed. We have matured. Everything is different when you are a family. That is a priority, as it should be. We are no exception. We try as hard as we can, but we also understand that the level of effort in a relationship also depends on the needs we both have. It is important that you are not confused by fiction. Fiction is fiction, the reality is a different story' Bardem said in 2019 for Vulture magazine. He also admitted then that his approach to acting with Cruz had changed over time and that now he too could more easily distinguish fiction from reality in their relationship.