Los Angeles (Agencies): Oscar-winning star Penelope Cruz has said she sometimes takes the scissors to trim her own tresses and feels she could have opened her own salon if she had failed as an actress.

The 'Volver' star, who celebrated the birth of her first son with husband Javier Bardem last month, was trained by her hairdresser mother when she was young, reported InStyle magazine.

"My mother is a hairdresser and owned a salon. It was so much fun. I learnt how to cut, colour and do blow-dries. If it hadn't gone well as an actress, I could have opened my own! Sometimes even now, I still take the scissors and cut my own or other victims' hair!" said Cruz.

The 36-year-old Spanish beauty hates staring in the mirror for long while having her hair and make-up done and instead prefers reading her scripts.

"I only use full make-up when I'm making a movie or for a night out. Usually I have an hour-and-a-half to get ready for a red-carpet event. I always set up my BlackBerry and use the time in hair and make-up to study my script, otherwise you spend too long staring at yourself in the mirror," she added.