Last week Penelope Cruz gave birth to her second child on the same day that the Duchess of Cambridge delivered the royal baby, Prince George. This week the actress is unveiling her first collection for lingerie brand Agent Provocateur. Yes, instead of putting her feet up over the last nine months, Cruz has been working as co-designer of L'Agent - AP's new, more accessible line, and she's even directed a short film to promote her wares.
The story follows a man, played by Miguel Angel Silvestra (‘a really great actor’ and the lead in Almodovar’s I’m So Excited) who enters a swanky house and is teased and tantalised by a hareem of jaw-droppingly gorgeous women in L'Agent underwear. His chief seducer is Irina Shayk, model and girlfriend of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, but there's a twist, which is only realised when Penelope's hubby, actor Javier Bardem appears on screen.
Another surprise in the promo is the inclusion of a heavily pregnant Monica Cruz, who stepped in just days before having her own baby girl. ‘It was very important to me to include a shot of a pregnant woman in the film,' Penelope says. ‘I got my sister to do the shot for us a few days before she gave birth. I thought she wasn’t going to make it, but she was there, she was fine. She looked so beautiful.’
The Vicky Christina Barcelona star, who is big supporter of Agent Provocateur (‘I’ve been a big fan of Agent Provocateur since my twenties and of course I wear it’) said of the collection, 'Sometimes sexy lingerie can by annoying to wear. We didn’t want that for L’Agent. If lingerie is not comfortable, it becomes something you can only wear to a party or with a nightgown… L’Agent works for every day. I like the idea of it under a T-shirt and jeans.'
See L'Agent by Agent Provocateur in the gallery below...