Penelope Cruz is proud she's become the first Spanish actress to conquer Hollywood.

The Vanilla Sky beauty, 30, is delighted to be winning roles which normally evade Latina stars - particularly because she's landed parts in major movies via the tradition route of attending auditions.

She says, "I am landing parts that don't usually go to Latin actresses and I'm really pleased that I've got most of them through auditions.

"I'm used to that system because that's how I started out in Spain."

24/11/2004 17:29