'I Loved Playing Her': Penelope Cruz Shines as Destructive Vixen

An award-show siren, Cruz is sure to turn heads on the Oscar red carpet this month. Whether or not she wins, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" has already brought her a keepsake of sorts. Inspired by her love of Marcello Mastroianni in a classic Fellini film, Allen decided to give his star an unusual gift.

"He gave me his glasses," she said. "It's true. He had two pairs and I was always joking about how beautiful his glasses are, because they remind me of glasses that Guido Contini, the character played by Mastroianni in '8 ½,' wears."

"So I talked to him about that, and on the last day of shooting he gave them to me," she says, impersonating Allen: "He said, 'Oh, I don't know, well you like them,' So... he gave them to me!"

With or without the glasses, Cruz thinks this movie has helped Hollywood see her in a whole new light.

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