Penelope Cruz led a "very lonely" existence when she first moved to Hollywood, because she didn't have any friends or family nearby.

The actress abandoned a successful acting career in her native Spain to seek fame and fortune in Tinseltown, and soon landed roles in 2000 films WOMAN ON TOP and All the Pretty Horses.

She further shot to prominence starring alongside Johnny Depp in 2001 blockbuster BLOW.

But she insists fame and success didn't come easily: "If you don't have friends in Hollywood, you can feel very lonely. I certainly did at the beginning, you know, it was really hard for me then.

"I was living at a hotel for a long time and didn't know anybody, so it was pretty hard."

06/01/2005 02:53