Penelope Cruz plans to follow in Angelina Jolie's footsteps by adopting an orphan baby.

The 30-year-old Spanish beauty wants to mother one of India's homeless children after becoming deeply attached to the country following her work with MOTHER TERESA's missionaries in Calcutta four years ago (01).

Jolie adopted baby MADDOX after a visit to a Cambodian orphanage in 2001 and plans to welcome more children into her family.

Cruz says, "I love babies. I've wanted to be a mother since I was a little girl.

"I've been to India a few times and seen a level of misery I'd only seen on the news.

"Adopting a child is something I want to do in my life."

Cruz's plans have fuelled speculation she is planning to settle down with her current beau, actor Matthew Mcconaughey.

27/02/2005 14:36