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New Face: Penelope Cruz

AGE 25 Where you’ve seen her As the pregnant nun in Pedro Almodovar’s All About My Mother. COMING SOON Woman on Top (playing a competitive chef), All the Pretty Horses (as Matt Damon’s forbidden love interest), and Blow (she’s Johnny Depp’s cocaine-addicted wife). FUN FACT Cruz had to fly to Madrid, Rome, and New York to screen-test with Damon before she landed her role in Horses. ”I was so nervous every time I had to get onto another plane,” says the actress. ”But deep in my heart I knew it was going to happen.” FAVORITE MOVIE Two for the Road. ”It’s the perfect timeless love story.” WHERE SHE CELEBRATED THE MILLENNIUM Vacationing on a beach in Santo Domingo. THIS YEAR’S RESOLUTION To not be typecast as the ”Spanish enchantress.” ”I liked Blow because it was a very dark part,” she says. ”Ever since [Almodovar] gave me the opportunity to play the ugly woman in Live Flesh, I haven’t been afraid.”