Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, the man she has been married to for over a decade, are among the most popular and accomplished Spanish actors in Hollywood. The 47 years old actress who has been active in the industry since 1989 is admired for the characters she has portrayed in movies and TV shows like Volver, Nine, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, and Vicky Christina Barcelona. These roles have won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a British Academy Film Award in the same category, and many nominations for coveted gongs like Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and what have you.
Cruz is also a model who has worked with famous brands like L’Oreal, Ralph Lauren, and Chanel. She is a dominant figure in showbiz and an inspiration to many people of Spanish extraction who aspire towards pursuing a career in entertainment. She is the first Spanish actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the first to be nominated for an Oscar, and also the first to win it. These are only some of her career achievements that have left a lot of people curious about her life outside of what she does for a living, especially her love life. Before she met and got married to her husband Bardem, Cruz dated the famous American actor, Tom Cruise.
Javier Bardem Is 52 Years Old and also a Hollywood Actor From Spain
Las Palmas is the capital city of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands of Spain and it was here that Penelope Cruz’s husband was born. As you would easily find, Javier Bardem was born on the 1st of March 1969 to a popular Spanish actress named Pilar Bardem and Joes Carlos Encinas Doussinague. Javier’s mother died on the 17th of July 2021 at the age of 82, roughly 26 years after the death of his father in 1995. He isn’t the only child of his parents but the last of their three kids. Before him, they had his older brother Carlos Bardem in 1963 and his older sister Monica Bardem the following year on the 4th of May 1964.
As culled from his mother’s memoir, Javier’s father was the son of a cattle rancher who was prone to violence and had a hard time taking care of his family. He was always changing jobs as his household struggled with poverty and having a roof over their heads. As one would expect, this took a toll on his marriage and ultimately led to his separation from Pilar shortly after they had Javier. Javier’s mother thereafter became solely responsible for raising him and his older siblings; this remained so until they all became independent adults. As such, Javier and his siblings bear their mother’s name and didn’t have much of a relationship with Jose who lost his life to leukemia sometime in 1995.
Javier and his siblings all took after their mother; they are all actors but none of them is as successful as Penelope Cruz’s husband.
Acting Is The Major Source of Bardem’s $20 Million Net Worth and He Is As Successful As His Wife In The Business
Like his wife, Javier Bardem has been a part of the movie industry for over three decades. He has been active since 1974 when he played an uncredited role as Alonso in a Spanish TV series titled El picaro. After this, he was seen in other Spanish productions like Segunda enseñanza, Brigada central, Supercan y su banda, Amo tu cama rica, Tango, and much more. This continued into the 2000s when he first gained international recognition for playing Reinaldo Arenas in Before Night Falls, an American biographical drama film directed by Julian Schnabel. The role earned him his first nomination for Oscar; it was under the Best Actor category.
Determined to be a dynamic actor and to ensure that language wouldn’t become a barrier for him in Hollywood, Bardem improved on his English and it helped him land the lead role in The Dancer Upstairs. The 2002 Spanish-American crime thriller is the first work of John Malkovich as a director. Penelope Cruz’s husband would go on to star in dozens of popular movies, notable among them are Skyfall, Biutiful, The Sea Inside, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and No Country for Old Men which won him an Academy Award, British Academy Film Award, and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.
Disregarding those, he has received other prestigious gongs for his efforts. Like his wife, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has thus far been nominated for seven Golden Globe, 2 BAFTA, and three Academy Awards. His career has also been financially rewarding, it is the major source of his wealth estimated at $20 million.
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem Started Dating In 2007 and Have Been Married Since July 2010
It wouldn’t be out of place to assert that Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are the most powerful Hollywood couple of Spanish extraction. They have both accomplished audacious feats in the industry and as far as the public knows, are a happy couple. Owing to that, people follow their love life as much as they have followed their careers. The Cruz-Bardem love story, based on various accounts, began in 2007 on the set of the 2008 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Nonetheless, it wasn’t where they first met as before the Woody Allen movie, they co-starred in Jamon Jamon, a 1992 Spanish romantic comedy-drama film that happens to be Cruz’s breakthrough role. The couple kept their relationship away from the prying eyes of the public and relentlessly evaded talking about their relationship. Without much hullabaloo, they got engaged and when they were ready to get married in July 2010, they opted for a private ceremony in the Bahamas.
The Couple Enjoys Working Together and Are Now Parents To Two Children
The actors have been married for over a decade but nothing has changed about their preference to keep their relationship private. While their union must have encountered some challenges along the way, none has been so messy that it made news headlines. As far as we know, they are happy in their marriage which has thus far been blessed with two kids.
As of when they got married, they were already expecting their first child, a son who is now 10 years old. Leonardo “Leo” Encinas Cruz was born on the 22nd of January 2011. He is an older brother to 8 years old Luna Encinas Cruz; she was born on the 22nd of July 2013. Javier Bardem and his wife are very protective of their kids and this had made it hard to tell anything about them apart from what’s obvious.
However, they have been intermittently seen in public with their kids and together on family vacations. While they co-parent their kids and pursue their respective careers, Bardem and Cruz also enjoy working together. Apart from Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Jamon Jamon, they have co-starred in other projects including The Counselor and Loving Pablo.