updated 04/13/2009 AT 11:50 AM ET
•originally published 04/14/2009 AT 6:10 AM ET
Keep the Botox away from Penélope Cruz.
The Spanish beauty, 34, says she’s not afraid of getting older – and even welcomes wrinkles and gray hair. “Age holds absolutely no fear for me,” Cruz tells Britain’s Cosmopolitan. “There is so much enjoyment ahead.”
The Vicky Cristina Barcelona Oscar winner also says she looks up to Hollywood icons like Meryl Streep and Sophia Loren as examples on how to age exuberantly.
“Sophia is 74 and amazing – every time I talk to her, she s full of wonderful stories about old actors.”
Though the actress is comfortable with her looks and happy with the wisdom time brings, she admits she has insecurities like everybody else.
“I know myself a little bit more. Of course, some things remain a mystery and that is a search that never ends, but I wish I was less insecure,” she says.
“I ve always had my insecurities and most of them have not gone away. I guess we re all vulnerable.”