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Penelope Cruz overcame fears in musical 'Nine'

Initially, Penélope Cruz was a little nervous about singing in a big-screen musical. In "Nine," she plays Carla, the beautiful mistress of a noted director (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) who is going through a midlife crisis that is hampering his creativity.

After all, it had been many years since she'd danced, and her onscreen singing experience was limited. (She performed a heartbreaking song in Pedro Almodóvar's 2006 film, "Volver.")

Cruz, 35, admits she nearly fainted when she saw the choreography for "A Call to the Vatican," a solo number she performs. "I thought, that's impossible, I'll never be able to do that," she recalls. "But once you start, day after day, you put in the hours and you start getting in shape and finally you do it. The feeling of freedom is amazing."

Cruz says director Rob Marshall worked the cast members very hard, but she calls him "the nicest man in the world."

"He never loses his temper, and he's always kind to everybody," she says.

-- Entertainment News Wire

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