Penelope Cruz is usually totally calm and cool during interviews,
answering questions about her movies and career but diverting anything
personal, rarely giving any insight into her inner feelings.

But surprisingly she opened up in an interview in London’s
Dorchester Hotel, confessing: “I have so many fears. I have become an
expert at hiding them but I am so full of them.”

She added with a laugh: “I’m not giving you examples because they
are all so crazy. Everybody thinks I’m so centred and relaxed but it’s
so opposite to what goes on inside me. But I’ve been working on it all
my life, so it gets better.”

And she hinted at temptations from the dark side when she said:
“You can go left or right and you know if you go in one direction it
might be better for you but sometimes you need to try the other to
realise it’s not for you.But I know darkness enough to know that I’m
not going to feed that monster. It is not the path that I want for
me…I’m not interested in exploring that part.”

The revelations came when she was talking about her role in Ridley
Scott’s new movie The Counsellor, based on an original screenplay by
author Cormac McCarthy and also starring Cruz’s husband of three
years, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt. She portrays Laura,
the fiancee of The Counsellor (Michael Fassbender) who finds herself
way out of her depth when an unplanned series of events lead to tragic
consequences for them both.