"Family has always been the most important thing," says the mother of two

By Tim Nudd
December 17, 2013 09:15 AM
Credit: Courtesy Allure

Penélope Cruz is loving motherhood so far – in particular, the breastfeeding part of it.

“I’m supposed to get extra calories because, breastfeeding, you burn, like, an extra 500 a day,” the Oscar winner, 39, tells Allure while ordering soup, Peking duck and crispy fish during an interview. “I was breastfeeding my son for 13 months, and I plan to do the same with my daughter.”

Cruz and Javier Bardem’s daughter, Luna, is now 5 months old, while older brother Leonardo turns 3 in January. Breastfeeding “is addictive,” Cruz says. “It’s hard when the day comes when you have to stop.”

Cruz is clearly thrilled to have her own family, having come from a particularly close-knit group herself – including sister Ménica, 36, and brother Eduardo, 28.

“I always knew I wanted a family because of the way I grew up,” she says. “Family has always been the most important thing.”

She adds: “In my house every Sunday, everybody was cleaning the house. There was always music, and everybody was dancing, sometimes naked, around the house. Not hippie, but very free.”