Spanish movie star Penelope Cruz is urging her spoiled peers to find
somewhere that's full of real hardships so they'll understand what true
The actress has no time for whining stars and insists she learned to be
more positive about life after working alongside 20th century saint MOTHER
TERESA in Calcutta, India.
Cruz reveals she worked in a mission with Mother Teresa for a week when
she was younger, and the experience has made her eternally grateful for her lot
The former girlfriend of Tom Cruise tells the LOS ANGELES TIMES newspaper,
"People complain too much. They need to be in places where you see you have no
reason to complain if you're healthy, and you have a plate of food every day in
you, a family that loves you.
"All the basic things that sound like blah blah blah boring, at the end if
you forget about those, you have nothing."
She admits she'll never forget the terrible images of homeless life she
saw on that first trip to India, and she has been back since to help.
She adds, "I saw hell."
But it left her with a life lesson from Mother Teresa herself - one that
the actress will never forget.
She recalls, "She said, 'Don't make a mistake of changing your life or
changing your job... use it for things like this that you've seen here. Even if
you help one person... it would make a difference.'"