For her role in "On Stranger Tides," she gets to swashbuckle with the best of them. She said she was thrilled to play a female pirate alongside Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow.
"This is the biggest movie I have done and it was really interesting to see, to really pay attention to how these types of movies get made," said Cruz. "It's a great privileged because not a lot of these movies are made anymore, just a few and maybe it's going to be less and less. I love [that] I've been able to be a part of one."
And with that big budget blockbuster status came lots of exotic locations, primarily focused in Hawaii.
"I love Kauai. Kauai is so beautiful. We shot at a lot of those beaches that are so wild and beautiful," said Cruz. "I would love to go there to work again, to spend a long time."
But for the meantime, Cruz is focusing on her newest and most important role... motherhood.
"I think you learn day by day. But for the last few years I haven't been working non-stop, I do like one or sometimes two movies a year and now it's maybe going to be even less," said Cruz.
Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is in theaters on Friday, May 20.
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