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>> pelley: five days after the earthquake in haiti, the enormity of the bare numbers seems too much to comprehend. some 140,000 lie dead. tens of thousands of bodies are still entombed beneath the rubble. and an ever-dwindling handful of survivors lie with them, trapped alive, awaiting either rescue or death. 300,000 citizens of port-au- prince have no home but the streets. more than 3.5 million haitians, according to the red cross, find their lives turned inside out by the quake and its aftermath. this weekend, help is flowing into haiti; the trickle has become a stream. hundreds of thousands of meals have been distributed. three u.s. government water purification systems are up and running. and by tomorrow morning, some 12,000 american troops will be on station, organizing and
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distributing relief. but the tragedy of haiti and the scope of the response are not something that can be totaled in numbers. they are-- as our byron pitts has discovered-- best understood through the eyes of the people who have come to offer help. much of what they're seeing is difficult to watch, but this is the reality of haiti tonight. >> pitts: dr. paul farmer arrived on a small jet airplane friday night; loaded with medical supplies and a team of doctors that haiti desperately needs. >> dr. paul farmer: i've never seen anything like this. so, i've never seen a disaster of this magnitude, personally. >> pitts: no one has. and though dr. farmer has been working in the poorest country in the western hemisphere for 25 years treating patients and training doctors, nothing could've prepare him for devastation like this.
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how much more can haiti take? a few years ago, three hurricanes, and tropical storm in a short period of time. now this. >> farmer: i mean, it seems to me entirely unfair that so much misfortune be visited on one place. that's how the haitian feel, too. >> pitts: dr. mark hyman of lenox, massachusetts was one of the doctors on board who headed straight to port-au-prince's general hospital. dr. hyman came to haiti with wife, pier boutin-- his father- in-law, george boutin, both orthopedic surgeons. the earthquake had seriously damaged the nation's largest hospital in the country. there were no haitian doctors or nurses. just them and the two nurses who came with them to treat hundreds of seriously injured people. you've got a headlamp on in the middle of the courtyard pretending to be a hospital. what kind of medicine is this? >> it's what we have to do right now. there's no lights, there's no electricity, there's a generator that sometimes goes on. we are working at the bare minimum. and anything we do, they seem to... they appreciate it. >> pitts: i wasn't sure there if
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he was smiling or crying, i couldn't tell. >> it's a little bit of both. because on the one hand, i feel like i'm here and i'm doing something. on the other hand, it's just heart-wrenching, i'm going to get back to work. >> pitts: we ran into dr. hyman outside. he insisted that we come with him to see how a street just next to the hospital had been turned into something, he said, resembled a holocaust. >> dr. mark hyman: they brought them here to the hospital and collected them to bury them or take care of them. >> pitts: how many? >> dr. mark hyman: you'll see. hundreds. >> pitts: what are they doing here with these trucks? >> dr. hyman: they're just moving bodies. you see the bodies. >> pitts: there are bodies in there. >> dr. hyman: those are bodies. those are bodies. those are bodies. ( beeping ) it's the most tragic thing you've ever seen. it's... the smell is... it's overwhelming. and the... just bloating.
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they've been rotting in the sun and the heat for three, four days. literally, hundreds of bodies collected from the streets. these are people with families and people with homes who just completely lost. it's overwhelming. >> pitts: why have us see this? >> dr. hyman: i wanted you to see this, because i think the world needs to know that this is going on and they need to help and not go about their lives in blindness and just ignorance. >> pitts: where do they go from here? >> dr. hyman: i think they're burying them in mass graves. and it just amazes... >> pitts: mass graves? >> dr. hyman: mass graves. >> pitts: no chance for a family to grieve? >> dr. hyman: they're just trying to deal with the public health issues. you can't have rotting corpses all over the city, and there's not enough people and resources to sort of... to actually bury these people in a way they should be buried-- with honor and prayer. >> pitts: the next morning, they were still working. ( crying )
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>> dr. hyman: this is the largest hospital in port-au- prince in haiti. where are the nurses? where are the doctors? where the local... maybe they've died. maybe they've been caught in the rubble. maybe they're with their families. >> pitts: they scavenged for supplies... >> dr. george boutin: for the little kids-- yeah, okay. >> pitts: treat all of the victims who were still waiting. >> dr. boutin: we did over 100 at... there's at least that many that are critical. there are a hundred that are critical right now that i need to bring to the operating room. >> pitts: and the doctors had to improvise often. behind us your colleague is using a hacksaw? to cut off a child's leg. is that medicine? >> sure, i mean, it is. >> pitts: forgive me, but this... this looks like civil war medicine? >> dr. hyman: it is. there's no electricity. we have flashlights we're operating with. we have instruments that are rusty. we have... >> pitts: rusty? >> dr. hyman: rusted instruments. yeah, we have saws that are basically hacksaws that are not
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surgical saws that we found around. we're sterilizing them, using them for amputations. we're doing whatever we can. you just do what you've got to do. there's nothing else you can do without losing life. so we're just doing the best we can. >> pitts: and you ran out of alcohol at some point today? >> dr. hyman: we had none. i mean, we had like a little bit. we were sort of, you know, were using it bit by bit to try to sterilize the instruments and we just got three little bottles of alcohol, rubbing alcohol, and we're trying to get some more. that's the first priority. we can do without water, but we need alcohol. >> pitts: someone we know just brought you a bottle of vodka. >> dr. hyman: vodka works. we can use rubbing alcohol or use vodka, rum. whatever we can use. we've got to try to do the best we can. there's no other way to sterilize the instruments. >> pitts: the airport is packed with all kinds of supplies. >> dr. hyman: it's not getting here. there's a bottleneck, and there's breakdown of infrastructure. so we know there are supplies. there are planes that are in hold in the air. there are planes in san domingo full of supplies. there's trucks full of it. we've coordinated... we've been coordinating all morning, but we're doing the next thing... we just have to do the next thing. >> pitts: even the 82nd airborne had to circle haiti's already
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over burdened airport for five hours. and once on the ground, they were not able to go out in support of a u.n. mission to deliver food and water until yesterday. their captain says their rifles are not loaded and they left their helmets and body armor behind. he wants to show the haitians they're only here to help. >> get back, get back. >> where are we going to distribute here? >> no, no, inside the stadium. >> we're going to carry it in the stadium. >> okay, follow me please. >> pitts: the aid distribution took place at the national stadium where 3,500 people have been living since the quake. until saturday, there had been
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little food and almost no water. >> captain mike anderson: all right, we're going to start unloading, and once we start unloading, we're going to file people through one at a time. >> pitts: captain mike anderson is a west point graduate. what's the game plan going forward? there's some expectation on the ground that the longer people go without food water and proper shelter that tempers may flare. >> capt. anderson: the only thing we can do is go back when we're done with here and ask for the next mission. you'll be doing this over and over again for the next several weeks. >> as long as it takes. we'll do it over and over again. >> pitts: berlinda olivier, a haitian-american, takes special pride in her unit's mission. and your first deployment is to your parent's homeland. what do you make of that? >> berlinda olivier: it's bittersweet. >> pitts: how do people react to you when they hear you speak to them? >> olivier: oh, they love it, they love it. they kind of feel like i am a part of their family. they love the fact that i am wearing a uniform and i'm in the service. they ask me to do right by them, and because i am haitian, they want me to speak with them and have a little understanding of who i am and so i can understand
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who they are. >> pitts: you're smiling? >> olivier: i am smiling, because they make me smile. they know that i am haitian. and they are like, "thank you so much. thank you. you are doing a good job. thank you." >> pitts: captain anderson expects his unit to be in haiti for months. >> capt. anderson: i mean, it's hard to organize chaos. and that's the state we're in right now is trying to create order from chaos. >> pitts: and it's going to be a monumental task. do all these people live in this town? are they from here? >> maryse penette-kedar: no, they're from over. >> pitts: maryse penette-kedar, a former government minister, gave us a sense of the scale of the problem in port-au-prince. >> penette-kedar: all around here, we had most of government offices. you had the national palace here, the ministry of finance, and here you had the internal revenue. it's very important office. >> pitts: this was the tax office for haiti? >> penette-kedar: this was the tax office for haiti. that's the general tax office. >> penette-kedar: this is a huge catastrophe.
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i know a lot of you know that are... yes, they are buried here. >> pitts: they're buried here. >> penette-kedar: they're buried here. not very far from here you have the palace of justice that also collapsed. the ministry of finance that is in terrible shape. the ministry of health that collapsed. the ministry of interior that collapsed. and, you know, you have all the symbol of the states that today are non-existent. >> pitts: we noticed an israeli search and rescue team working at one of those buildings and went across the street to have a look. there's a man inside alive you think? >> there is man, there is a man alive. his name is gilles. he spoke to us.
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>> pitts: four days after the earthquake, gilles was freed. but for those who know haiti and what its people have been through, survivor stories are no surprise. dr. paul farmer has seen it for years. >> dr. farmer: haiti's got a lot to teach the rest of us about how to climb out of hell. and now, you know, they need it now more than ever. i'm not trying to, as i said, i'm not trying to romanticize anything about this resistance and not giving up that i see here in haiti is palpable even in a dreadful time like this. it's palpable to me. >> cbs moneywatch update:. >> and good evening, damage estimates for haiti's earthquake will surpass a billion dollars. owners of a hijacked greek tanker paid somali pirates
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>> there's a community that plow produces more players for the nfl than anyplace else in america. it isn't texas, florida or oklahoma, it is as far from the foundations of football as you can get. call it football island, american samoa, a rock in the distant south pacific. how's this for a football stat? from an island of just 65,000 people, there are more than 30 players of samoan descent in the n.f.l., and over 200 in division one college ball. that's like 30 current n.f.l. players coming out of sparks, nevada, or gastonia, north carolina. american samoa was a place we
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had to see, so we traveled 8,000 miles to find a people and traditions so perfectly suited to america's game, it's as if they'd been waiting centuries for football to come ashore. in american samoa, it's the pregame show. this is a high school team warming up with the haka war dance, something that's been passed down for ages to teach agility to warriors of size and strength. what coach doesn't wish he'd thought of this first? it turns out, the south pacific was raising football talent before there was football. when we were there, the island was getting set for its super bowl, the high school championship. after a winning season, 16-year-
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old quarterback tavita neemia would lead the samoana high school sharks. his coach, pepine lauvoa, has a roster that mainland schools dream of. >> pepine lauvao: they're soft spoken, they're gentle. but when they put on their equipment, they just become monsters. and they just want to go out and hit and hit and hit. >> pelley: 16? how tall are you? >> 6'5" >> pelley: 6'5." how old are you? >> 17. >> pelley: 17. you must be about 6'5," too. >> yeah, 6'4" and a half. >> pelley: it looks like you've been hitting cars with this thing. in the last five years alone, the island's six high schools have produced ten n.f.l. linemen. it's estimated that a boy born to samoan parents is 56 times more likely to get into the n.f.l. than any other kid in america. >> pelley: well, not to be indelicate about it, your people are big. >> togiola tulafono: and big is beautiful >> pelley: togiola tulafono is the governor of american samoa,
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and he will tell you it's more than size. his people come from a farming culture that prizes hard work, reverence and discipline. and he thinks that's why scouts and coaches are pulling out their atlases. >> pelley: i'm afraid most americans back on the mainland would be hard pressed to pick this place out on a map. >> tulafono: yeah, its not very visible. >> pelley: it is a small dot on a big ocean. >> tulafono: it is, it is, but nowadays, google helps a lot. >> pelley: american samoa is a paradise: clear seas and 80 degrees most of the time, a land that roared out of the pacific in a volcanic eruption. it's nearly 5,000 miles from california, way past hawaii, the only inhabited american possession south of the equator. of the seven islands in the chain, the largest is just over 19 miles end to end. it was back in 1899 that the u.s. navy sailed into this harbor and figured that it was
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perfect for refueling ships. the islands have been american ever since. but the people aren't exactly american citizens. they can't vote for president but, on the other hand, they don't pay income taxes either. the capital, pago pago, has an american feel. flag day is the most important holiday, and there's a tradition of sending kids into the u.s. military. but for all its beauty, american samoa is not blessed with wealth. for the most part, they make a living canning tuna. two-thirds of the people are below the poverty level. tavita neemia, the quarterback for the sharks, has a typical family. his mom works at the cannery. and he'll need a scholarship to go to college. neemia and coach lauvoa make the most of what they have. coach, this is the practice field... >> lauvao: yeah, this is our field. we call it the field of champions. >> pelley: so, the field of champions is short, rocky and unlined. >> lauvao: yep. >> pelley: and yet, how many
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n.f.l. players have you turned out at this school? >> lauvao: three. >> pelley: three. >> pelley: you have a locker room? >> lauvao: nope, we don't have a locker room. >> pelley: you have a weight room? >> lauvao: we don't have a weight room. >> pelley: how are you turning out n.f.l. football players? >> lauvao: determination. >> pelley: voc-tech high school has one player in the n.f.l. but coach ethan lake has no practice field at all, no locker room. well, show me inside. and this rusted shipping container is the storeroom for his varsity team's busted, antiquated equipment. and there it is. >> ethan lake: everything that's in here, that we have gotten here in american samoa, is actually donated. it's secondhand equipment. and its actually equipment that would never be allowed to be used in the states. if we did that here, we wouldn't have football. >> pelley: coach, if you used some of this gear back in the states, you'd get sued. >> lake: definitely, definitely >> pelley: for all their success, here is another amazing fact-- they never had youth football until this year. the n.f.l. and u.s.a. football are helping to start the program. but all of the players that came
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before started playing in high school. at first, you think they do well, despite the adversity. >> lake: we don't need equipment to teach you guys how to start tackling properly. >> pelley: but then it strikes you: getting cut up on lava rock, playing in sneakers without equipment are keys to success. samoans are born big, but the island makes them tough. this is a place where kids use machetes to do their chores. come to think of it, it's a place where kids do chores. 17-year-old aiulua fanene does a day's work before school under the direction of his father, david. he's cooking in this house. he's cleaning in this house. that is something that kids back on the mainland would not believe if they didn't see it. >> david fanene: that's how he's been brought up. discipline, obedience should be involved in this house, and i am expecting my children to obey us. >> pelley: aiulua is 6',5", 280.
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arizona and oregon state are offering scholarships. one day, he hopes to follow in the cleats of his brother, jonathan fanene, the defensive lineman for the cincinnati bengals. >> jonathan fanene, a talented guy with the cincinnati bengals... >> pelley: when you sent him to cincinnati, did you give him any advice on how to live and how to play football? >> fanene: well, i told him, "once you put on your football equipment, automatically, you turn into a lion, turn into a lion that's chasing a deer to eat," you know what i mean? >> pelley: play like a lion, but be a humble man. >> fanene: be a humble man. >> pelley: while humble, the fanenes know the rewards of n.f.l. success. so jonathan built this place for you. >> fanene: yes, sir. >> pelley: looks like football's been very, very good to the family. >> fanene: yes. >> aiulua fanene: yes, sir,
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that's right. >> pelley: from an island where the average income is a little over $4,000 a year, jonathan fanene is making more than $1 million in cincinnati. and think of this: paul brown stadium would seat everyone back in american samoa, everyone, with 1,000 seats to spare. >> david fanene: with the talent that we have, we have to take pride of it, you know, especially when you have the opportunity to come to the mainland, you got to take advantage of it. >> pelley: fanene is a defensive end in a breakout season with six sacks and even a touchdown. he's one of two samoan-born players on the team, along with domata peko. >> domata peko: the combination of size and ability and speed, you know, that's kind of hard to find-- big dudes that can have nimble feet, you know, and are able to run and go sideline to sideline. >> pelley: the n.f.l.'s "sunday samoans" are hard to miss with their vowel-laden names and trademark hair. the most famous is pittsburgh steelers all-pro safety troy polamalu. born in california to samoan
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parents, his name is on two super bowl trophies. >> troy polamalu: what if there were 120 million samoans, you know? how many samoans would there... then there be in the n.f.l.? >> pelley: if there were 120 million samoans, it might be the national samoan football league. >> polamalu: that would be interesting yeah. >> pelley: polamalu may well be the most versatile defensive player in the league-- smart, fast, and a hell of a hitter. what does football mean to a kid growing up on samoa? >> polamalu: its our meal ticket, you know. just like any marginalized ethnic group, you know, if you don't make it to the n.f.l., what do you have to go back to? >> pelley: a lot of these kids would never go to college if it wasn't for a scholarship with football. >> polamalu: that's the beautiful thing about football-- it's allowed us to get an education. football is something that comes naturally to us >> pelley: fair to say football has never been more important to the island than right now, because this season, there's
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been more than the usual trouble in paradise. the island may lose its tuna industry. one cannery, chicken of the sea, has left, and because the u.s. congress wanted to help samoa by imposing american minimum wage, governor tulafono worries that the last cannery, starkist, could look to other shores. how much of your economy is wrapped up in the tuna canneries? >> tulafono: i think some economists have estimated that to be 80%. >> pelley: 80%? >> tulafono: 80% of everything that goes on around here is dependent on the presence of the canneries. >> pelley: and you just lost one of them. >> tulafono: we just lost one of them september 30. >> pelley: what has that meant to you? >> tulafono: devastation. >> pelley: and in the fall, there was natural devastation, too. the day before that cannery closed, the island was struck by an earthquake, which led to something much worse. when the shaking stopped, people
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travelling on this road could see the ocean moving backward out to sea and a few of them knew what was coming next. it was a tsunami, which was recorded by a security camera until the power went out. the wave pushed inland for a mile. 34 people were killed, and entire villages were washed away. >> lauvao: when i heard the village that got hit, the first thing that came through my mind was my football players, and then i found out 13 of my kids either lose their home or home damaged by the tsunami. >> pelley: one of his kids who was hit by the disaster was quarterback tavita neemia. this is his house after the earthquake. with about eight weeks before the championship, some thought they should cancel the season, but governor tulafono decided that football would cheer everybody up. nameeia's sharks prepared to play the championship favorite tafuna high school, featuring aiulua fenene.
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but in another blow in a cruel season, nameeia's father died suddenly, just weeks after the tsunami. >> and especially with tavita and his family in this time of need and sorrow. and all god's people say, amen. and all god's people say, amen. >> pelley: they decided the game would go on. but it was postponed to later in that day so that neemia could bury his dad. >> lauvao: this kid is the leader on the team. and this kid has heart. >> pelley: hours after the funeral, the samoana sharks and tafuna high met for the last game of the season. tavita neemia connected early and jumped out to a surprise 7-0 lead. the rest was a contest of all- samoan defensive lines. the sharks won the championship 7-6... >> yes, yes, oh, hallelujah... ( cheers and applause ) >> pelley: ... their first championship in 11 years. >> lavuao: when the clock strikes zero, then i looked for my quarterback and i told him, "this is for
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you. your father is looking down on you and he's very proud of you." and i gave him a hug. >> i love you, coach. >> pelley: it wasn't until that moment we really understood how a community of 65,000 has so many players in the n.f.l. turns out, its not the size; it's the heart. ( cheers and applause ) last year, my little guy got the flu... and it was bad. there's nothing more important than the ones you love, which is why now is the time to protect them and yourself. the h1n1 flu vaccine is available now at cvs/pharmacy and minuteclinic, the walk-in clinic inside select cvs/pharmacies. it's peak flu season, so don't risk it. get vaccinated for h1n1 flu today. to find a location near you, visit, or call...
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>> rose: at 35, spanish actress penelope cruz is one of the most sensual and photographed women in the world. she has won critical acclaim not only in europe, but now also in hollywood. last year, she took home the oscar for best supporting actress, the first spanish actress ever to win an academy award. how did this versatile performer from a working class suburb of madrid become this generation's sophia loren? in part, by turning in performances like the one she gives playing carla, the seductive mistress, in the movie "nine." >> penelope cruz: who's not wearing any clothes? i'm not, my darling. i've never sung before or danced before in a movie. ♪ kootchie kootchie kootchie koo. ♪ i trained for three months to be able to do the number.
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♪ i've got a plan for what i'm gonna do to you. ♪ and i had so much fun. >> rose: and it shows. >> cruz: if you come to me, darling... >> rose: penelope cruz loves what she does. she's a risk taker and a tireless worker who's known for throwing herself into roles, pushing herself to the limit, as she does here to make her character carla a version of everyman's fantasy woman. >> cruz: that really was a dream that came true. guido! >> rose: guido, played by daniel day lewis, is just another in a string of men who fall hopelessly in love with the obsessed, sensual, unstable women cruz loves to play. >> cruz: i saw something in carla that's a little bit off. i think she's a very insecure woman, and she's a little bit stuck on using her sexuality, because she's so obsessed with guido that that's like one of
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her weapons. i'll be here waiting for you, with my legs open. >> rose: perhaps the most extreme example of this kind of character is her portrayal of the suicidal painter maria elena in woody allen's "vicky cristina barcelona." >> i had so much fun playing that woman. >> rose: now, why did you have so much fun playing that woman? >> cruz: because she was so... she thought she was too special to be happy, that she was a genius. they say i was a genius, right? >> javier bardem: i always, always encouraged your talent. >> cruz: not talent-- i said "genius." i'm not talking about talent! i said genius, genius! a tortured genius, and she would not allow herself to become more stable and more sane, because she thinks that if she does that, she's afraid that she will become somebody boring and mediocre. >> rose: in real life, cruz can be tortured, obsessive, and driven, which was tough for director woody allen, who's known for shooting a scene in one or two takes.
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you are a perfectionist. you want to try it again and again and again to get it right. >> cruz: yeah, i think i drove him a little bit crazy asking for more takes, because i need somebody to stop me. i will never find the moment to stop, say, "okay, it's enough. we have it." >> rose: that performance earned her an oscar last year for best supporting actress, the first time a spanish actress has ever won an academy award. >> cruz: i still can't believe that i won the oscar last year, because the way i grew up, and just to dream about becoming an actress and making a living out of that, sounded like science fiction in my environment. you know, i come from a family where we had just what we needed to survive, so to dream about this type of job was crazy. >> rose: what qualities in you
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do you think most served getting where you are now? >> cruz: maybe something that has been my best friend and my worst enemy at times, which is how stubborn i can be. and then, when people that really know me tell me that i'm stubborn, i always fight them and say, "that's not true. that's a myth." but i really am. >> rose: cruz grew up in alcobendas, a working class suburb of madrid. today she lives outside of madrid, but she agreed to meet us in her old neighborhood. she is the oldest of three. her father was a salesman, her mother a hairdresser. the house she grew up in is gone, but she showed us her grandmother's apartment, where she spent a lot of time. >> cruz: that was her house. no? >> rose: she says she had a happy childhood. it was a simple life. >> man: there we go. hello, hello. >> cruz: hola, hola. que tal? >> rose: when she took me to one of her favorite restaurants, she talked about her mother and what she learned from watching her. that was your first acting lesson, watching your mother in her own beauty salon, observing,
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seeing people talk about their lives? >> cruz: yeah. it was more interesting for me to pay attention to what they were not saying, you know, to what they wanted to hide from the other clients or from my mother. and they were acting, most of them. and that's why i always say that beauty salon... that her salon was like a first acting school. >> rose: but as a kid, penelope had no ambition to be an actress. she wanted to be a dancer, and studied classical ballet for over ten years. she still has a passion for it, as we discovered when we visited a new york city ballet rehearsal. want to try? >> cruz: no, i wish i could do that. oh, my god. that's... >> rose: there's probably no performing art that requires more physical discipline. >> cruz: nothing harder than that, i think. >> rose: did dance help you in
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acting? >> cruz: a lot. if i hadn't had the discipline of all those years in the dance world, it would have been much, much tougher. i mean, it goes too far sometimes. i mean, i used to take my toenails... they would die from dancing, so i would just take the whole toenail and throw it away and not feel anything. but i loved it. >> rose: she loved it until she was 14. then she saw a movie called "tie me up, tie me down" by up-and- coming spanish director pedro almodovar. >> cruz: i've never felt so inspired, and i... this what i want to do. and that week, i looked for an agent, and i did an audition. and she sent me home, and she said, "you are too young. come back next year." but i came back the week after. and she sent me away again. and then i came back the week after. >> rose: what does this story tell you about you? >> cruz: stubborn. >> rose: at 16, cruz landed her first movie role in a spanish film called "jamon, jamon,"
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playing a voluptuous teenage seductress opposite javier bardem. she became an overnight sensation, as much for her nude scenes as for her talent, which made her very uncomfortable. were you concerned about how you'll be perceived? >> cruz: i just knew i had to do the complete opposite. >> rose: her next movie was called "belle epoque." it won a foreign language oscar. >> cruz: in "belle epoque," i was playing a girl that was younger than myself-- much younger, and innocent, much more innocent than i was then. >> rose: cruz's ability to play both innocence and sensuality caught hollywood's attention. in the '90s, she moved to los angeles, where she was cast over the next seven years in a string of big-budget but lackluster american films with top directors and big name actors, including "all the pretty horses," with matt damon; "captain correlli's mandolin," with nicholas cage; and "vanilla
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sky," with tom cruise. they had a well-publicized three-year relationship. tell me about him, what he meant to you at that time. >> cruz: i don't feel comfortable talking about that. all i could tell you is that he's a very, very good person who's only intention, i think, is really to help others. and i think he's been treated in a way that, you know, sometimes has been a little bit unfair. >> rose: in what way? >> cruz: i really don't want to get into it with more detail. >> rose: but she has no problem talking about her great friendship and professional relationship with director pedro almodovar. they have known each other for almost 20 years, and have made four critically acclaimed movies together, including the recently released "broken embraces." "vanity fair" celebrated their collaboration by asking them to pose for the magazine's upcoming hollywood issue.
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he says she's his muse; she's says he's her mentor. >> almodovar: it is true that we love each other. >> rose: and how did that happen? >> cruz: it started many years ago, when i was a kid. and we've gone through so much together. >> rose: both agree almodovar relaunched cruz's career-- which had stalled out in hollywood-- when he gave her the lead in the spanish film "volver" in 2006. >> cruz: it opened a lot of new doors. >> rose: it also showed you what you could do. >> cruz: it's emotionally and in every way more demanding than most of the characters that i played before that point. >> rose: though the movie was in spanish, her earthy, expressive performance proved to american critics that cruz had the range and the talent-- no matter what the language-- to win an academy award nomination for best actress. it was a vindication for cruz, who has struggled for years to be more than just the beautiful girl.
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however, her sensuality is an essential part of her appeal. it's always there. other actresses have had it. sophia lauren had it. tell me about you and this sexuality. it's in your d.n.a.? >> cruz: i never felt, "oh, i think i look good," or... i always tend to be more in the insecure side. and i thought that has always been a way to protect myself, because i don't trust the good feelings that can come from that. >> rose: the good feelings that come from knowing you're beautiful and sexy and... you don't trust it? >> cruz: no. >> rose: you know it's there. you know it. you feel it. you know how men react to you. but... >> cruz: no, that... i didn't say that i know it's there. >> rose: you do know it's there. >> cruz: no, i think... >> rose: yes, you do. you know it's there. >> cruz: at moments it can be there. when i can give that to a character, if it's needed, then i can be more free to explore that in me and put it there. but what i think i have is a
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physique that can change a lot. >> rose: you know that you cannot depend on that for a lifetime. >> cruz: no, nobody, nobody. so i never allowed myself to really enjoy that, which is maybe a bad thing. i don't know. >> rose: after making over 40 movies, cruz has decided to take more time for herself. she's been in a relationship with javier bardem for two years. he co-starred with her in that first film and then in "vicky cristina barcelona." while she won't talk about that relationship, she will tell us that she wants more from her life than making movies. you want to make less movies now. >> cruz: but there was a point where i was making four movies a year. i was always on a set. i had no stories to tell. i was feeling empty. my life was just luggage and hotels and from set to set, from character to character. and one day, i said, "and where is mine?" you know? and the moment i started to feel that fear, i stopped and i
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slowed down. >> rose: and you like the rhythm you're in now? >> cruz: yes, because i enjoy it more. but i feel very, very lucky that i can keep working. >> hello, everyone, welcome to the cbs sports update. i'm james brown in new york. the jets behind running back shawn greene, 128 yards on the ground and a touchdown will want to meet the colts in next week's afc championship game. a rematch of the jet's controversial week 16 win. the vikings defeated the cowboys behind brett favre's four touchdown tosss. they move on to meet new orleans in the nfc championship game. more news and sports log on to s actually having a heart attack. thinking about my wife. i should have done more to take care of myself.
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