I looked for an agent and she sent me away three times because I was a little girl but I kept coming back. It marked Cruz's first television role. I have to control myself not to cry. Between and , she hosted the Spanish TV channel Telecinco 's talk show La Quinta Marcha, a programme that was hosted by teenagers, aimed at a teenage audience. David Rooney of Variety wrote that Cruz "adds a serviceably malevolent edge to Chole's apparent madness". She also photographed residents at the Pacific Lodge Boys' Home, most of whom are former gang members and recovering substance abusers. Cruz's performance in the film was praised by film critics, with Jonathan Holloland of Variety magazine writing "if confirmation is still needed that Cruz is an actress first and a pretty face second, then here it is". Carina Chocano of The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Cruz, who has remarked that in Hollywood she's rarely allowed to be anything more than pretty, instills her with an awesome resoluteness and strength of character. Not out of pity, but seeing how tricky life is and how hard it is to make the right choices. It was obvious there was something very impressive about this kid She portrays Diana, a fan of the Beatles band member John Lennon ; she tries unsuccessfully to meet him. No one will take you seriously once you are known as the pretty woman. There was just something coming from within. I'm still with her after all these years. Cruz was the first Spanish actress to ever be awarded an Academy Award in that category  and the sixth Hispanic person to ever receive the award. Selected to be shown in the Berlinale Special section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival ,  the Spanish comedy-drama was screened to lukewarm reviews,  but received five nominations at the 31st Goya Awards , earning her Cruz her ninth nomination. Specifically written for her persona, Cruz, a fan of the original film , was one of the first actors to be cast in their parts.