It's been 25 years since Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem attended the Venice Film Festival for their film Jamon, Jamon. And on Wednesday, September 6, they returned for their latest film Loving Pablo. The 43-year-old beauty and her 48-year-old leading man were all smiles as they made their way around the Italian city promoting their movie about drug lord Pablo Escobar and his lover, journalist Virginia Vallejo.
VIEW GALLERY Penelope and Javier returned to the Venice Film Festival together for the first time in 25 years Photo: Getty Images
“It is interesting that we are back with a movie together exactly 25 years later and it feels like time has flown, there are so many things happened in between but it also feels like yesterday,” Penelope, who married the Spanish actor in 2010, shared with reporters in Venice. “Very strange.”
The Spanish couple may have channeled their real-life romance on screen, but Penelope admitted that she didn't love her husband as the Colombian drug lord. She said, “I felt like I couldn’t wait for the last day of shooting when I don’t have to hear him, or see him as this character as it was starting to be really disturbing for me.”
VIEW GALLERY The real-life husband and wife star together in the new film Loving Pablo Photo: Getty Images
The pair, who are parents to Leo, six, and Luna, four, enjoyed the festival by the sea – and stunned at both the premiere and photocall. For the day event, the L'Oreal spokeswoman wore a Temperley London lace dress as her husband looked dapper in a jacket and jeans. After being escorted around town by water taxi, she then changed into a white feathered Atelier Versace gown with her hair pulled back in a bun.
The duo are no strangers to making movies together and are currently filming Everybody Knows, which started filming last month in Spain.