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Oct 28, 2017, 07:00AM

I Have New Fears Now

An 2006 Edward M. Kennedy Institute interview with the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd vs. a 2017 Interview magazine interview with actress Penelope Cruz.

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Robert C. Byrd: Very well. Well, let me start at the beginning.

Penelope Cruz: I remember it as some kind of trance.

Byrd: Yes, yes. We went out to dinner together.

Cruz: I have new fears now.

Byrd: No doubt about it.


Cruz: I’m sure there are going to be scenes that are hard for her to watch, because it’s a lot about the loss of her brother, which, of course, I have so much respect for.

Byrd: I remember the headline somewhere.

Cruz: That’s what I wanted as a little girl.

Byrd: Until now you hadn’t noticed me.

Cruz: You have such an amazing voice.


Byrd: I was greatly honored, but I said—I think I reacted in the negative, in a nice way. Somewhere along the line we became friends.

Cruz: Even though it was fake, we really felt like we were traveling.

Byrd: We had a flat or something on that bus and we both were out there on the highway.

Cruz: Yes. The people were so sweet to us.

Byrd: You’re opening up a vast new plateau.


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