Penélope Cruz: “Breastfeeding Is Addictive”

Penélope Cruz: "Breastfeeding Is Addictive"

Academy Award-winner Penélope Cruz covers the January 2014 issue of Allure. The 39-year-old actress – married to actor Javier Bardem with two kids Leo, 2, and Luna, 5 months – opens up about breastfeeding and her BFF Salma Hayek.

On breastfeeding: “I’m supposed to get extra calories because breastfeeding you burn, like, an extra 500 a day. I was breastfeeding my son 13 months, and I plan to do the same with my daughter. [Breastfeeding] is addictive. It’s hard when the day comes when you have to stop.”

On family & her new role: “I always knew I wanted a family because of the way I grew up. Family has always been the most important thing.” Motherhood is the central theme of her new movie Twice Born, a story of a woman’s fertility struggles, set against the brutality of the Bosnian war. “She talks in a way that is really shocking many times,” Penélope says of her role in the film. “[She’s] not very politically correct. Because she had that dream of becoming a mother and [it’s] not happening, she says she feels defective.”

On her childhood: “In my house every Sunday, everybody was cleaning the house. There was always music, and everybody was dancing, sometimes naked around the house. Not hippie, but very free.”

On Salma Hayek: “She’s one of my best friends. We call each other huevos [eggs]. It was because when we were working together, we didn’t have children yet, so we used to sleep much more than now. So it was a way to call each other lazy. We slept in the same bed so many times and it was like she was always trying to wake me up and call me huevos.”

For more from Penélope, go to Allure….

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