“Hopefully, this time my film won’t be banned for being too sexy,” actress and director Penélope Cruz tells Style.com of her latest short for her lingerie line, L’Agent by Agent Provocateur. “But I doubt it, because this one is even sexier.”
Her last directorial outing for the range, which she designs with her sister, Mónica, proved too racy for the Web, and YouTube ended up taking it down. That didn’t stop Cruz from laying on the sex appeal in the newest Fall 2014 film — she turned the heat up to full blast.
“I am a perfectionist, and I obsess about it in the months while I’m working,” she says of the filmmaking process (which included a collaboration with her brother on the music). “I’m involved in every single step. I do the casting myself for every single character, I spend a few months in preproduction and a long time in the editing process.” Cruz not only directed it, she even appears in the film wearing a red leopard-print bra, along with a host of ladies in their underthings dancing across the desert.
That was nothing for this seasoned vet, who once told press that the most interesting love scene she has ever done was with Meryl Streep for an AIDS campaign shoot. She counts her scenes with Scarlett Johansson in Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona as a close second. “Kissing Scarlett in Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona…it was funny for us to see the faces of all the men on set,” she says. “They were all acting very weird.”
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