The 40-year-old Penelope Cruz is not only a talented actress, wife and a loving mother of two, but the sexiest woman alive for 2014, according to Esquire magazine.
â€śWhen she walks into a room, men start walking into furniture,â€ť said men’s lifestyle magazine celebrating the Spanish beauty.
The gorgeous bombshell stars on the cover of the November issue posing in just a plunging black bathing suit with her hair in tousled waves over her shoulders. The sexy cover shot shows Penelope gazing seductively into the camera, showing exactly why Esquire chose her for the coveted honour this year.
Penelope is the 11th woman honored with the title after previous honorees like Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson, who won the accolade last year for the second time.
In her interview with the magazine, the stunning brunette talked about her career and her artistic interest, saying she had â€śan attraction to dramaâ€ť in her teens and 20s but â€ścould not be less interested now.â€ť
â€śIâ€™ve played a lot of tricks on myself,â€ť she told the magazine. â€śIâ€™ve made it hard for me sometimes, especially in my teens and 20s. I had an attraction to drama. Most of us have that, especially if you are an artist â€” you feel like you are tempted to explore the darkness.â€ť
Cruz stepped into the Hollywood movie scene in 2001 with a leading role in â€śVanilla Skyâ€ť starring with Tom Cruise, who was her real life beau during that time.
She is also known for her works with acclaimed Spanish director Pedro AlmodĂłvar, who has called Cruz a muse while the actress told Esquire that the â€śTalk to Herâ€ť director is her â€śbiggest source of inspiration.â€ť
Nevertheless, only in 2009 she had her major breakthrough as an actress when she became the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award, taking home the Oscar for her supporting role in â€śVicky Christina Barcelona.â€ť Cruz also appeared in the highly-popular Johnny Depp movie, â€śPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tidesâ€ť in 2011.
Cruz, whose last film was director Ridley Scott’s 2013 thriller â€śThe Counselor,â€ť will star in the upcoming Spanish-language drama â€śMa Ma,â€ť and is currently in production on the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy â€śGrimsby.â€ť
However, in the interview with Esquire, she kept quiet about her personal life. The Oscar-winning actress declined to comment to the magazine about her actor-husband, Javier Bardem, as well as their two children â€“ the three-year-old Leo and 1-year-old Luna.
â€śThat is for us,â€ť she was quoted as saying.
While secretive about most things, Cruz addressed a recent controversy involving herself, Bardem and AlmodĂłvar. The trio signed a strident letter condemning Israel for bombing Gaza.
The actress explained: â€śMy only wish and intention in signing that group letter is the hope that there will be peace.â€ť