Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Co-starring alongside Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in Ridley Scott's The Counselor (in theaters November 15)

Penelope Cruz has been pretty quiet since her first big-budget project Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" in 2011, choosing her roles carefully. Her next wide release will occur this November with Ridley Scott's The Counselor, in which Cruz will appear alongside Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, and Cameron Diaz. She has nevertheless been busy, supporting PETA and announcing in February of this year that she is pregnant with her second child. Between a movie and a baby, the end of Cruz's 2013 is going to be quite busy. She better get her rest now.