"Out of all the actresses I have worked with, Penelope really has been the one who has caused a sense of desire in me beyond the sensuality of a film shoot," Contactmusic quoted him as saying.
He added: "Normally, as a director, you engage with your leading lady on an extremely emotional level, and there is everything but sex. But it is true that with Penelope it is different. She has caused me sexual desire."
Meanwhile, according to reports, Cruz is pregnant with her boyfriend Javier Bardem"s child. However, she is currently on a promotional tour for Broken Embraces.