Penelope Cruz Insists She And Javier Bardem Were Paid Equally For ‘Everybody Knows’

Penelope Cruz insisted she and her husband Javier Bardem earned the same amount for their latest movie “Everybody Knows”, as she spoke about the film at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday morning.

Cruz, 44, said, “Actually, yes,” when she was asked about whether or not they had received equal paycheques in the Cruz-Bardem household.

The actress, who plays Laura in the Spanish-language psychological thriller, discussed why she thought the real-life couple worked so well together. They first starred alongside one another in the 1992 movie “Jamon Jamon”.

She explained, according to Variety, “We don’t take the characters home at the end of the day. We have similar ways of work. The fact that we know each other and trust each other helps.”

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However, Cruz added: “It’s not something we plan on doing every two years. That will be once in a while, if we feel it’s right. I don’t think it will be too often.”

The star’s latest film, which has been written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, tells the tale of a Spanish woman (Cruz) who has to return to her hometown of Madrid. She’s then dealt a crisis and ends up needing the help of her ex-boyfriend (Bardem).

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Cruz insisted she now prepares for roles differently than she would when she was younger.

“When I was in my 20s, I thought the more I would torture myself and the more I would stay in character for months, the better the result would be. I learned it’s not really related to that. I have a life and I have a job. That allows me to jump from reality to fiction.”

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