Penélope Cruz Received A Secret Blessing From Donatella Versace After Calling Her For A Special Reason

Date September 19, 2018

Despite that the Versace family probably wasn’t exactly happy that they have become the center of the second season of true crime anthology TV series American Crime Story, there is one thing they have no objections about – Donatella Versace is portrayed by Penélope Cruz. But the Spanish actress might not have played the famous designer if not for the phone call she has had with Donatella.

A secret blessing

E! News had a chance to chat with Cruz on the 2018 Emmy’s red carpet. The actress was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work in The Assassination of Gianni Versace.


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The 44-year-old revealed she couldn’t accept the role until she was sure Donatella was fine with it.

The first thing I did when Ryan called me was I called Donatella and asked for her opinion. And she told me that she was not involved in the show, but if somebody was going to do it, she was happy that it was me.

Cruz was relieved to hear those words, as she needed a blessing from the designer.

Without that call, I wouldn't have been able to say 'Yes'. I needed that kind of blessing. I think she knows how much I like her and respect her.

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The Assassination of Gianni Versace is focused around the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. It is based on the book by Maureen Orth, titled Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History.


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The series premiered on channel FX on February 2, 2016. It got positive reviews from critics and received 9 nominations at 2018 Emmy’s, winning three awards.


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