Penelope Cruz Named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive - Just Don't Ask Her About the Mideast

Esquire Magazine calls Spanish actress `impossibly beautiful' and `more than private.' She declines to discuss signing of letter condemning Israel's bombing in Gaza.

Actor Javier Bardem, left, and Penelope Cruz.
Actor Javier Bardem, left, and Penelope Cruz.Credit: AP

Esquire magazine named Penelope Cruz the sexiest woman alive. But in an interview with the magazine she declined to talk about a number of matters, including her recent remarks about the Middle East.

In the November 2014 issue, author Chris Jones calls the Spanish actress "impossibly beautiful" and "more than private."

Jones says that in an interview at a restaurant in Madrid's northern suburbs, Cruz said she would be having dinner with the director Pedro Almodovar, who is her mentor and directed five of her films. But she declined to say whether she was planning another film with him.

She declined to discuss her relationship with her husband, the actor Javier Bardem, or her kids (three-year-old boy, one-year-old girl) except to say that motherhood had kept her out of the spotlight recently.

Cruz, who is 40, wouldn't say much about a film she recently wrapped, the Spanish-language "Ma Ma," except that her character suffers from an illness. Of the film she's working on, "Grimsby," with Sacha Baron Cohen, she would say only that she's been watching famous speeches to prepare for the part.

And the article's author writes that she asked not to be asked about a bit of political controversy from late July.

She and Bardem were among the signatories to an open letter in the Spanish media condemning Israel's bombing of Gaza in the country's seven-week conflict with Hamas.

In the interview, she referred to a statement, released by her publicist, "as her final word on the subject," Jones wrote.

The statement says in part: “My only wish and intention in signing that group letter is the hope that there will be peace.”

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