'Bad looking' star Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz is happy to look unattractive on screen if the part demands it
Penelope Cruz doesn't care about her looks.
The 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' star - who won the Best Supporting Actress gong for the Woody Allen comedy - is dedicated to her art and doesn't care what she looks like on screen if an unattractive appearance is crucial to her character.
Penelope - who is considered one of the world's most beautiful women - said: "I am never concerned if I have to look bad. I don't care if I look good. You do whatever is necessary to give the character what it needs. It's important not to be selfish.
"You get used to looking at yourself. I make sure I am a piece of clay and give whatever that character needs inside and outside. I have a physique that can change and transform."
However, the 35-year-old beauty admits she is frustrated with Hollywood's obsession with youth.
She added to Britain's The Times newspaper: "You always end up reading stories about actresses who say they were the ugly duckling in school. I think we have had enough of these stories.
"I would probably say the same. We all feel that about ourselves, developing, becoming a woman. But if I read another story about another actress complaining abut the way she looked at school... please not one again!"