Javier Bardem Once Worked as a Stripper–in Front of His Mom

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The Dune star also took a moment to reflect on his recent Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Desi Arnaz in the Aaron Sorkin drama Being the Ricardos—and the joy of being nominated alongside his wife, Penélope Cruz, who’s up for best actress for her role in Parallel Mothers.

“It is very exciting. Very unique. And it is very strange,” he shared. “It was a great morning at home.” 

However, Javier shared that he held in his nomination excitement until he knew that his wife would be joining him too. ”My name was the first one because the actor went first,” he explained. “I was nominated, I was very happy, but I was holding the celebration until her name was called out or not. She was like, ‘Come on! Enjoy this!” And I’m not enjoying anything until your name is on.” 

He continued, “And then, when her name was on, we celebrate!” 

When Ellen pointed out that Penélope is nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role alongside Nicole Kidman, who portrayed Javier’s love interest Lucille Ball in his film, the actor said his heart and mind were “divided,” but that he’s ultimately rooting for his wife. 

“Of course I think both are amazing actresses, but she’s my wife and I love her,” he said. “I’m very proud of what she’s done, which is to be nominated for the second time in a role in Spanish, which is pretty amazing.” 

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