“I am very flattered,” the ever-humble star tells People’s editor-in-chief Jess Cagle in this week’s cover story.
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The title was first bestowed upon the 49-year-old Smyrna, Georgia native back in 1991, not long after her breakout role in Pretty Woman. In the 26 years that have passed since, Roberts has married and had three children (twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 12, and Henry, 9) all while managing not to age a single bit. In fact, she thinks the best is yet to come: “I think I’m currently peaking,” she says.
In the awards for attractiveness category, Roberts has even managed to beat her close friend and fellow actor George Clooney, who has taken home People’s Sexiest Man Alive award only twice. "I’m going to mention that in my Christmas card to the Clooneys this year," Roberts jokes in the magazine interview.
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The actress also revealed how she thinks beauty is measured. “I believe all the corny answers are true,” she explains in an Instagram video. “To me, people that seem truly happy—that’s the thing that attracts us to one another,” “You know, that joy and how we wear it on our face.”