Penelope Cruz on working with Javier Bardem: We 'trust each other'

Cate Blanchett and Jury members attend the screening of

Cate Blanchett and Jury members attend the screening of"Everybody Knows" and the opening gala during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals

With the sexism and abuse debate roiling the global film industry and drawing the spotlight at Cannes this year, Cruz and Bardem were asked if they were paid equally for the film.

"Would I like to see more women in competition?"

He noted there were two Iranian films in competition at this year's Cannes, but director Jafar Panahi couldn't attend with his film "3 Faces" because he's under house arrest in Iran for charges of making propaganda.

And we love her even more for it.

Starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, Todos Lo Saben ('Everybody Knows') is Farhadi's first movie in Spanish and the first Spanish-language movie to launch the festival since Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education in 2004. "I never actually prepare myself for anything that I am asked, ever", she said. "But we're dealing with what we have this year, and our role in the next nearly two weeks is to deal with what is in front of us". "That will be once in a while, if we feel it's right".

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As for whether it's easy for the pair to keep their real lives separate from their on screen lives, Penelope admitted that she used to do so when she was younger but now realises she has "a life and then I have my job". "You have to reach out to her and help her and protect her and I think we need to protect our women and we need to protect our children", she added.

"I have a life and then I have my job and that allows me to jump many times in one day from reality to fiction - I love that beautiful dance back and forth from both dimensions", Cruz said.

"Because the time has come to speak out, and because there must be zero tolerance with sexual harassment or abuse of any kind, the Festival de Cannes, in partnership with the French Ministry of Gender Equality, has made a decision to take a firm approach to preventing sexual harassment, and to stand shoulder to shoulder with victims", the festival said. When the actress was asked at the platform if she is an exception to this, she said, "I am not an exception. I've had to do that three times, and I'm hoping it can stay that way", Cruz said in the October issue of Interview. "It's something I have difficulty living with".

"It was a very odd day with very mixed feelings", Farhadi told Reuters in an interview.

Cruz, who got married to Bardem in 2010, said they do not take their work home.

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