Who is Mónica Cruz? 

Mónica Cruz is a popular Spanish film actor and dancer. She is widely known for her roles in the blockbuster films, “The Last Hour (2007), Un Paso Adelante (2002), Iron Cross (2011), The Final Inquiry (2006), and The Inquiry (2006).” Her achievements notwithstanding, she is often recognized as the younger sister of actress Penélope Cruz, with whom she co-starred in the high-grossing Spanish movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).” 

From her achievements to her affiliation with a famous person, Mónica has become a renowned name in the Spanish entertainment industry. Quite alright she is now famous, but do you know all there’s to know about her apart from the characters and personae she portrays in movies? In any case, stay back and read along while I take you through her biography, husband, sister, and all there’s to know about her. Before reading any further, take a quick look at her profile summary.

Profile summary

Name Mónica Cruz Sánchez
Date of Birth/Age March 16, 1977 (45 years old)
Birth City Municipality of Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Siblings Penélope Cruz, Eduardo Cruz Sánchez
Parents Eduardo Cruz Sr., Encarna Sánchez
Ethnicity White
Ex-boyfriend Fabián Mazzei (Alleged)
Daughter Antonella Cruz Sánchez
Net Worth $10 Million

Mónica Cruz Biography 

Mónica Cruz was born Mónica Cruz Sánchez to her parents, Encarna Sánchez, and Eduardo Cruz Sr, on March 16, 1977, in the Municipality of Alcobendas, Madrid in Spain. She’s 45 years old, and has Pisces as her zodiac sign. Mónica holds Spanish citizenship by birth and speaks Spanish language, and English language fluently.

Penélope Cruz (born on April 28, 1974; 48 years old), and Eduardo Cruz (1985; 38 years old) are the names of her sister and brother, respectively, with whom she shares similar childhood experiences. Her sister, Penélope, is a film actress while her brother, Eduardo, is a singer and songwriter. Her father, Eduardo Cruz, was a local retailer, and auto mechanic. On the other hand, her mother, Encarna Sánchez, is a locally known hairdresser. She is the second child of her parents’ three children.
And, well, her parents divorced each other in 1999, when she was about 22 years old. Less than half a decade after the divorce proceedings were concluded, Mónica’s father, Eduardo, remarried. He got married to Carmen Moreno in 2003, with whom he has a child named Salma Cruz (born on 24 February 2012; 10 years old).

On a rather sad note; Mónica’s father, Eduardo Cruz Sr., is dead. He died on June 18, 2015 (born in 1953; aged 62), in his residential home in Murcia, Spain. Reports say he suffered from heart illness, otherwise known as angina pectoris, in 2004, and was admitted to a hospital in Madrid following the medical complications. His heart illness was later managed, thus he continued living his normal life. However, he was readmitted in 2008 and 2012 after it persisted. Sadly, he lost to the disease in June 2015, eventually.

Other than her parents, and her two siblings, Mónica has a nephew, Leo Encinas Cruz, and niece, Luna Encinas Cruz from her elder sister’s marriage to Javier Bardem ​(married since 2010). Also, she has a nephew from her younger brother’s romantic relationship with his current lover, Eva De Dominici. Cairo Cruz is his name; born on October 6, 2019, in Los Angeles, California, United States (three years old). 

For her educational background, Mónica attended a local Nursery (guarderia), and Primary schools in the neighborhood of Alcobendas. Later, she attended her Secondary education (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria) in the same neighborhood. Furthermore, she enrolled at The Royal Academy of Dance, where she studied Traditional Ballet and Flamenco and graduated in 2002 at 25; a reason she is now a professional dancer. 

Mónica Cruz Height, Weight, Physical Appearance 

Mónica stands five feet three inches above the ground, estimated to be either 1.6 meters or 160 centimeters. She weighs 119 pounds, equivalent to 54 kilograms. More so, her body parameters reveal she has a slim body type, with body measurements of 35 inches, 27 inches, and 35 inches, respectively. She has a waist size of 27, and a shoe size of 6.5 (US). 

Observing her pictures shows that Mónica has a white skin color, curly dark brown long hair, and a pair of aesthetic dark brown eyes to match her body physique. Her ethnicity is White. She loves cooking, drawing, and dancing as hobbies. Tacos are her favorite food, black is her favorite color, and the United Kingdom is her favorite destination. What’s more, Leonardo DiCaprio is given as the name of her favorite film actor, and Madison Beer as the name of her favorite film actress. 

Mónica Cruz Career

Following her graduation from The Royal Academy of Dance in 1995, Mónica joined Joaquín Cortés’ flamenco dance company. She was an active member of this dance company until 2002 when she had to resign to focus more on her acting career. Before her resignation, however, Cruz made an appearance in the 1999 movie, “The Girl of Your Dreams,” where she played the role of a choreographer. She was one of the members of the musical dance group, UPA Dance (2002 – 2004).

She made her official film and television debut appearance with the 2002-2005 movie, “The Girl of Your Dreams,” where she plays the role of Silvia Jáuregui in about eighty-one episodes. In the movie, she starred alongside Beatriz Luengo, Miguel Ángel Muñoz, Silvia Marty, and Pablo Puyol.

Fun fact; her famous actress sister, Penélope Cruz, became pregnant in 2010 while filming scenes for the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” released in 2011. Her pregnancy became more noticeable towards the close-to-end part of the shooting. And, since she and her sister has a strong resemblance, Mónica was hired by the producers to stand in for the wider-angle footage (as her body double), while her sister, Penélope, featured in the close-up shots. 

From All Inclusive (2008), Iron Cross (2011), Jerry Cotton (2010), Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008) to The Inquiry (2006), and Last Hour (2008), Mónica has featured in over a hundred and fifty movies. Also, she has been in the film business for more than two decades and counting. 

Even so, she is also a dancer, an on-and-off fashion designer, and a former model. And as such, she and her sister, Penélope, were credited for designing a 25-piece Urban and Evening wear collection for the now-renowned Spanish clothing retailer, Mango, in 2007. Between 2010 and 2011, she and her sister also created two collections for Swiss retailer Charles Vögele. And, dear, they have had to design for many other retailers over the decades, including the British lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur, for whom they designed a lingerie line tagged “L’Agent” in 2013. 

As a fashion enthusiast and a former model, Mónica has appeared on the covers of several renowned national and international reputable fashion magazines. Notably, she was once a cover girl for Mujerhoy, Mexico’s Cosmopolitan, Spain’s Elle, Glamour, Holland’s L’Officiel, Vanidades, and Women’s Health. 

Mónica Cruz Movies, TV 

Arranged in no particular order of production and/or release, this is a list of Mónica’ Filmography, including but not limited to;

  • Next UPA (2023)
  • Guila Roja (2011)
  • Susurros (2008)
  • Velvet Colección (2017)
  • The Inquiry (2006)
  • What will happen in 2021?
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  • Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008)
  • Un Paso Adelante (2002)
  • All Inclusive (2008)
  • Top Dance (2016)
  • Jerry Cotton (2010)
  • El Pueblo (2020)
  • Iron Cross (2011)
  • Madres, Amor, and Life (2020)
  • Caminando (2007)
  • 9 meses (2010)
  • The Last Hour (2007)

Mónica Cruz Husband, Daughter

Mónica Cruz is currently single and has never been married. Yet, reports purport that she was previously in a romantic relationship with Fabián Mazzei. Regardless of information about her current relationship being private, we could confirm that Mónica has a daughter. She had her daughter on May 14, 2013, whom she named Antonella Cruz Sánchez (9 years old).

According to the information available to me, her daughter, Antonella, was born through an artificial insemination procedure. This means that the identity of her daughter’s father is unknown, and may never be known.

Mónica Cruz Instagram, Twitter 

Mónica Cruz Sánchez is on Instagram, under the username @monicacruz. She joined the forum in August 2015 and now has over 265k thousand accumulated followers. She has made over 1.4k thousand posts and is following about 1606 accounts. 

On a similar note, she is on Twitter as @monicacruz1977, she joined the social media platform on August 2012 and has tweeted and retweeted over 8.3k thousand tweets. Her followers are 19.7k thousand while she is following 273 accounts. Notably, her Twitter and Instagram accounts are verified accounts. And just to reiterate, there’s another account on Twitter under the @monicacruz97. Coincidentally, this Monica Cruz on Twitter is also a Spanish national, but she is rather a TV show host, personal coach, and radio host – she is not the Monica Cruz we wrote about in this article.

Mónica Cruz Net worth 

Mónica Cruz has an estimated net worth of about $10 million. She makes her earnings and net worth from her career as a dancer, model, film, and television series actress. On the other hand, her famous sister, Penélope Cruz, has a net worth estimated between $75 million and $85 million. 

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