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Penelope Cruz is the Sexiest Woman Alive, according to Esquire.

The magazine gives the Spanish actress the honor in its November issue, calling her “impossibly beautiful.”

Now 40 years old, Cruz has evolved as a performer and person.

“I’ve played a lot of tricks on myself,” she tells the outlet. “I’ve made it hard for me sometimes, especially in my teens and twenties. I had an attraction to drama. Most of us have that, especially if you are an artist - you feel like you are tempted to explore the darkness.”

Cruz adds, “I could not be less interested now. For me, the most attractive, charming, cool, fun, interesting thing - how could I call it? A plan.”

The intensely private star declines to talk about her relationship with husband Javier Bardem, saying only, “That is for us.”

Scarlett Johansson received the “Sexiest Woman Alive” honor last year, with Mila Kunis taking the spot in 2012.