Sorry ‘insert actress name here,’ but Penelope Cruz earned top billing for this year’s issue. Judging by the cover photo, it’s not hard to see why. The November issue had an interview with the actress, and she admitted to a former title. Drama queen.

During the interview, she kept the questions about her personal life at arm’s length. Penelope Cruz has two children with actor Javier Bardem. Cruz also asked Esquire to avoid asking about her part in signing a letter condemning the Israeli bombing campaign against Gaza earlier this year.

She told editors at the magazine that her statement via her publicist was the ‘final word on the matter.’ Still, it’s newsworthy, and should have made it into the interview. The magazine alluded to the air of mystery surrounding the actress.

“After more than two decades of public life, Cruz has managed to remain a mystery,” the magazine writes. “It’s as though she wants us to decide who she really is, and she can be whatever we want her to be.”

The softball interview included her talking about being attracted to dramas as a teeneager and a woman in her young 20s. “I’ve played a lot of tricks on myself. I’ve made it hard for me sometimes, especially in my teens and twenties,” Cruz told the magazine. “I had an attraction to drama … (but) I could not be less interested now.”

Interesting? Sure. But, the magazine had plenty of fodder with the Israeli / Gaza controversy. The interview is done for the sexiest woman alive, so anything that would piss off the cover model probably isn’t going to happen.

For those of you that still buy actual magazines, the issue hits newsstands on October 21. Those of us that are working on destroying our eyes staring at electronics will be able to download it on the same day.

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