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03/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Penelope Cruz: Working With Woody Allen "Very Different" (VIDEO)

Penelope Cruz opens up to ABC News' "Nightline" on what it was like working with Woody Allen on "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

Cruz, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the film, described Allen's process as very different from Pedro Almodovar, who directed her in "Volver."

"I love that he was giving me the trust and the opportunity to play somebody so extreme and so different from myself," Cruz said of Allen. "I didn't see Woody again until we were on set because there was not any kind of rehearsal process, because he doesn't like working that way. That is a very different system to the one that I know."

Cruz said she loves the process she went through with Almodovar, which included hours of rehearsal each day, but she didn't miss it while working with Allen.

"With Woody, I didn't feel like I wished we were rehearsing," she said. "He expects you to get ready and come to the set with very specific proposals, and he knows very well what he needs from each actor. He gives you a huge amount of trust but if you did something he didn't like, he will fight for what he wants. He has the whole movie mapped in his head."

Watch the minisode below. The full interview airs Wednesday night on ABC News' "Nightline" at 11:30 ET.