Palm Reading

Rossy de Palma has to be one of the world's most frighteningly beautiful women."In Spain, I have always been known because of my looks," she points out. "People say, 'Oh yeah, she's the one with that strange face Almodovar loves."'Her...

By the early Eighties, she and the group had made their way to Madrid, attracting the attention of that camp connoisseur, Almodovar. He offered her her first role, in "The Law of Desire."

Almodovar then cast her in "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and brought her back in "Tie Me Up/Tie Me Down." This time out, she has her largest part yet in "Kika," where she plays a lesbian maid with a dark moustache who is a little too aroused by the mistress of the house.

Her brother in the film, a porn star whose rape of Kika turns the dark comedy darker, is her boyfriend of seven years, Santiago Lajusticia. His role as Paul Bazzo (a play on the Spanish expression for someone who's good in bed) is short but steamy -- and there is talk that he could be the next Antonio Banderas.

Whatever the future brings de Palma, it's certain she won't be changing her looks. "With all the incredible things you can do with plastic surgery, I could change my face, but I'm very happy with it. And it's not like I feel marginalized," she says. "My family and friends care about me, and I have a boyfriend who loves me: my face, my nose, my body, everything."

De Palma has made it work. Why fix it?
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