11 NOV.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace, American Crime Story


Penélope Cruz has been acting since she was 16 years old and now we really couldn't imagine Hollywood without out her.

The Spanish actress has managed to make the jump from films in her native country of Spain to big blockbusters in the United States with ease and it only took a few years to do it.

Now, Cruz is turning 45 years old and she is one of the most iconic actresses from Spain and of her generation. She's acted alongside Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem and more mega stars and has had numerous leading roles, including her first U.S. film, Woman on Top.

In honor of Cruz's big birthday, we're taking a look back at her most memorable roles in both film and television. Some of her movies you'd never forget like Blow and Vanilla Sky, but others flew under the radar and are equally as intriguing. 

Plus, the brunette beauty has been a part of massive franchises including, Pirates of the Caribbean, where she reunited with Depp, and her big TV hit, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, in which she played Donatella Versace and wowed fans.

Her most recent role in Everybody Knows proved once again how much chemistry she has with Bardem and that she has some serious range when it comes to her acting choices. She's done rom-coms, dramas, thrillers and crime stories as well as biographical takes on big events and comedies.

Basically, Cruz can do it all and we should bow down to her for all that she's accomplished.

Happy birthday, Penélope! You go, girl. 

Woman on Top, Penelope Cruz

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Penelope Cruz, Blow

New Line Cinema

Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Vanilla Sky

Paramount Pictures


Paramount Pictures

Volver, Penelope Cruz

El Deseo S.A.

Nine, Penelope Cruz

The Weinstein Company

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp


To Rome with Love, Penelope Cruz

Sony Pictures Classics

The Counsellor, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz

The Weinstein Company

Zoolander 2, Ben Stiller, Penelope Cruz

Paramount Pictures

Queen of Spain, Penelope Cruz

Atresmedia Cine

Penelope Cruz, Loving Pablo

Courtesy Escobar Films

Murder on the Orient Express, Penelope Cruz

20th Century Fox

Penelope Cruz, American Crime Story

FX Networks

Everybody Knows, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem

Focus Features

Penélope Cruz's Best Roles
Which of Penélope Cruz's roles over the years has been your favorite?

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