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Penelope Cruz changes fairytales

    18 February, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Penelope Cruz changes fairytales

Penelope Cruz hates fairytales and always changes the endings when she tells them to her kids.

The 43-year-old actress is happy to read classic stories to her and husband Javier Bardem's children Leo, seven, and four-year-old Luna, but she always changes the ending because she isn't impressed by the ''machismo'' in the tales.

She said: ''Fairy tales matter so much because these are the first stories that you hear from the mouths of your parents. So, when I read fairy tales to my kids at night I'm always changing the endings - always, always, always, always. F***ing 'Cinderella' and 'Sleeping Beauty' and all of this - there's a lot of machismo in those stories.  ''That can have an effect on the way that kids see the world. If you're not careful, they start thinking: 'Oh, so the men get to decide everything.'''

The 'Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' actress hopes the #MeToo anti-harassment campaign will signify a wide and lasting change, rather than just being a short-lived topical issue.

She told Net-a-Porter's The Edit magazine: ''It has to change the rules of our industry and all the other industries in which women are being repressed in so many different ways. It cannot just be something that's there to fill the news for a few months before we move on to something else.''              —Contactmusic