I don't like to over-intellectualize scenes that are working. I tend to think when you do that you may lose it.

Whatever happens in my life from now on, I know the day I finally die - the final act of my script - people will always make references to the work I've done with Almodovar.

I do yoga every morning, then I run for half an hour and take a sauna.

One thing I have clear is that I don't want to work for money anymore.

I long to get back into theater.

We are now integrated into American society and I don't like the word fashionable, because fashionable means that it's going to pass. It's not like that anymore.

Expectation is the mother of all frustration.

I don't think there is a guy that played more gay characters than I have done in my life.

Characters don't belong to anyone, not even the person who plays them.

I suppose that I am ambitious.

I completely take on the risk, the poker game, which being an artist means, and I'm going to try to make a film which honestly reflects what I have in my head.

Up until the time I was 31 years old, in Spain, I still didn't know how I was going to pay the rent.

There's something happening in the world that didn't happen before. We are acting like one big brain.

It's a character that I always found really likable. I'm fond of Zorro because he was a popular figure who worked for the people.

As an actor, when you encounter a psychopathic personality, you naturally want to make him 'bigger than life,' as the Americans say.

I remember in 'Law of Desire,' where I played a homosexual, that people were more upset that I kissed a man on the mouth than I killed a man. It's interesting to see how people can pardon you for murdering a man, but they can't pardon you for kissing one.

We're living in hard times.

Melanie is more of a disciplinarian with the little girl than me, probably because it's my first baby. She gets everything easy from Papa. I am more weak. She takes advantage of me.

When I do a political movie, I do a political movie.

I like flesh. I do! Something to hold.

It was an honor and privilege to arrive to this country 16 years ago with almost no money in my pocket. A lot has happened since then.

Everything changes as you get older - your mind, your body, the way you view the world.

A couple of years after I arrived in Hollywood, everything that was Latino was fashionable, and years after, my thought is that we're not fashionable anymore. We're here to stay.

Cinema has opened a world of possibilities up for me.

I'm still a promising actor. It's better to be climbing even if you have a lot of falls than to be descending. Maybe that's kept me young. I haven't gotten to any peak yet.

Always when you go to a new country and they teach you bad words, you just say them without knowing the value and people look at you because you didn't know that value of them.

I did my first movie, 'The Mambo Kings,' in America without speaking the language. I learned the lines phonetically. I had an interpreter actually just to understand directions from my director.

Hollywood is a very strong machine that needs, and in... especially with female actors, fresh flesh. It's that cruel. But that's the way it is.

I like going everywhere. And I love starting new things.

I am lucky, that is all. Lucky because there are a lot of people - producers, directors, people who buy tickets - who put confidence in me.

I have a fantastic studio in my home, and it's my biggest toy. I have about a half a million dollars worth of musical equipment in my house.

I don't believe in any kind of fundamentalism.

When you work in a different language you are not so attached to the words.

You see a woman, 22 years old, going out with a guy over 60 - and it's kind of natural. But if it happens in the opposite direction everyone says, 'What is going on there?'

I have to recognize that I am agnostic.

I love my country. And I would have to renounce my Spanish citizenship to become a U.S. Citizen.

I couldn't be with someone who is depressed all the time.

This may sound a little harsh, but I don't care about my career. Really, I don't like actors who are always planning what they're going to do next or always worrying about doing something that will go against the image they've created. To me, that's almost like an attack of narcissism.

When you go to the movie theater and the opening of this movie and you see the kids just cracking up with a character you are giving your voice to, you get goose bumps. It's so beautiful.

The man who doesn't want anything is invincible.

Cats are very independent animals. They're very sexy, if you want. Dogs are different. They're familiar. They're obedient. You call a cat, you go, 'Cat, come here.' He doesn't come to you unless you have something in your hand that he thinks might be food. They're very free animals, and I like that.

The recycling in my house was imposed by my kids.

If you call a cat, he may not come. Which doesn't happen with dogs. They're different types of animals. Cats are very sexy I think too in the way they move.

In my personal life, I am very contemplative.

There are some movies that I would like to forget, for the rest of my life. But even those movies teach me things.

I think I'm a romantic person, yeah.

I get caught up in my bubble of reading, writing, or music.

I try to teach my kids to be open.

I love the diversity of America. I love the plain, normal sense of humor Americans have. It is not wicked, like in some countries. And I also love how new America is.