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Penelope Cruz Is A Classic Hollywood Beauty On The Cover Of Harper's Bazaar (PHOTO)

Posted: 04/11/2012 1:51 pm Updated: 04/11/2012 5:20 pm

Penelope Cruz looks radiant on the May 2012 cover of Harper’s Bazaar!

The Oscar-winning Spanish actress, who poses for the cover in Armani Privé, a Swarvoski crystal jacket and a diamond-and-sapphire necklace, spoke to the magazine about her career, motherhood, and the thing that makes her suffer most.

Cruz, a three-time Oscar nominee and an Oscar winner for her fiery turn as the unhinged Maria Elena in Woody Allen’s 2008 indie "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," tells Harpers she plans to slow down her movie career to focus on her #1 priority: her 14-month-old son Leo, who she welcomed into the world last January with her husband, Javier Bardem.

"Maybe I'll make one movie a year, maybe two, but it's not going to be more than that because I have other priorities now," said Cruz, whose new Woody Allen-directed movie “To Rome With Love” premieres this June.

Cruz says she’s also keen on keeping a low profile these days. "I won't go to places where you're going to find more attention. I go to the opposite," she explains. "Funning around with my family at the beach, that's all."

Cruz, 37, also tells the magazine she’s “happier in my 30s than I was in my 20s,” but says there are some things that never change. “[I'm a] worrier," she says. "I am living for every day and trying to have less fear, less worry. But I have always worried about everything; it’s in my nature. It’s the thing that makes me suffer the most.”

The Spanish actress also talked quite a bit about her Idol, Meryl Streep. “When I first started watching movies and I saw Meryl’s work, that’s when I became obsessed with acting,” Cruz said. “Now I kiss her whenever I see her! She must think I’m crazy,” she adds.

Cruz recalled a magazine shoot she did with Streep a few years ago for the AIDS charity RED. “As soon as she got to the set, I had to sit topless on top of her. It was the most interesting love scene I’ve ever done," she said.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that Penelope Cruz has a 14-year-old son. Cruz's son is 14 months old.

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