Updated January 19th, 2024 at 14:28 IST
Penelope Cruz Says Her Kids Don’t Have Cell Phones, Fears They Will Be ’Manipulated'
Penelope Cruz recently admitted that she doesn't allow her two kids to have phones. She believes that social media has the power to manipulate children.
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Penelope Cruz is very protective of her children. The Ferrari actress, 49, opened up about her life as a mom to daughter Luna, 10, and son Leo, 12, both of whom she shares with her actor-husband Javier Bardem. The actress explained that she's always been dedicated to making sure that if her children ever want to step into the spotlight, it's in their own time and on their own terms, reports People magazine.
Penelope Cruz fears social media will manipulate her kids
Penelope Cruz, who appears on the cover of Elle’s February 2024 issue, told the magazine, "It’s for them to decide if they are going to have a job that is more exposed to the public or not. They can talk about that when they’re ready.”
As per People, the mom of two also admitted that she doesn't allow her two kids to have phones, explaining: "It’s so easy to be manipulated, especially if you have a brain that is still forming. And who pays the price? Not us, not our generation, who, maybe at 25, learned how a BlackBerry worked," she continued. "It’s a cruel experiment on children, on teenagers.”
Penelope Cruz on playing a mother onscreen
Elsewhere in the interview, Cruz talked about how she played roles where she portrayed a mother far before she was one and that motherhood still rings through many of the roles available to her.
"At my age, 80 per cent of the characters that I play will be about motherhood or divorce or abandonment or characters who didn’t want to have children or couldn’t or who lost children. I’ve played mothers since I was very young", she said. Cruz credits Spanish filmmaker and frequent collaborator Pedro Almodóvar because he "always saw me as a mother."
"We have known each other since I was 17. He would watch me going to talk to strangers just to see their babies. He always saw that strong, inevitable instinct in me, and I saw him see it," she added. "But also, ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted kids. But I knew I wanted them older. I wanted to wait until I felt I was ready. I was sure it would be the most important thing I would do in my life.”
During an interview with Rita Braver of CBS Sunday Morning in December 2021, Cruz suggested she might not be ready for her kids to join social media until they turn 16.
"There is no protection for them, for brains that are still developing and how that affects the way they see themselves, how everything is related to bullying, so many things that are not the childhood that we had," she said.
(With inputs from IANS)
Published January 19th, 2024 at 14:28 IST