Penelope Cruz embraced the challenge of playing single mom with big secret in twist-filled ‘Parallel Mothers’

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Months into rehearsing for the new twist-filled drama “Parallel Mothers,” Penelope Cruz could feel her maternal instincts taking over. The Oscar-winning actress plays a single mom with a massive secret in the Spanish film, and embraced the challenge of immersing herself in the complex role. “When we were rehearsing with a doll, and somebody from props would come and try to get the doll just so that I would rest … I would react like a lioness, like an animal. Like, ‘Don’t take the doll from me,’” Cruz recalled. “I was not planning to react like that, but I like when those things happen,” said…

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