Penelope Cruz Wanted "Complete" Motherhood Experience, Says Director Pedro Almodovar

Celebrity Moms Nov. 16, 2011 AT 7:55PM
Penelope Cruz Wanted "Complete" Motherhood Experience, Says Director Pedro Almodovar Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

Motherhood has changed Penelope Cruz in a major way, says Volver director Pedro Almodovar.

The 62-year-old filmmaker was honored at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC Tuesday, where he spoke to Us Weekly about how the 37-year-old actress has adjusted to life with her 11-month-old son, Leo.

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"She wanted to really experience being a mother in a complete way," Almodovar said. "She sends me photos of the baby every 15 days. I see how he's growing. He has an incredibly big smile, you cannot imagine. He's beautiful, gorgeous and he's big."

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Though Cruz couldn't attend Tuesday's benefit ("She's shooting in Italy," Almodovar said), "she's the most happy" she's ever been. "Better than always!"

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"She's with a man who she loves," Almodovar told Us of Cruz, who tied the knot with actor Javier Bardem in 2010. "She's a really avocational mother. In all my movies she plays a mother. She always said, 'I want to be a mother.'"

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