Charlize Theron has an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award. Now she is Esquire magazine's "sexiest woman alive."
Past winners of the title include Jessica Biel, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson. The issue featuring Theron hits newsstands October 16.
Theron talked with the magazine about growing up on a farm, her political interests and her work, including her latest movie, In the Valley of Elah, a murder mystery set among US troops newly returned from Iraq.
"I wanted to make the movie precisely because it evades formulas about guilt," the 32-year-old actress said. "I'm drawn to ambiguity."
Theron also candidly discussed her least favourite film, Reindeer Games.
"That was a bad, bad, bad movie," she said. "But ... I got to work with John Frankenheimer. I wasn't lying to myself - that's why I did it."
Theron won an Oscar for her role in Monster. Her screen credits also include North Country and The Cider House Rules.