Sentipal, the 17-year-old star of "Good Will Hunting" and
"Pearl Harbor," has been hitting headlines this summer because
of his whirlwind romance with Lopez -- the twice-divorced
actress-singer who is herself considered one of the sexiest
women in showbusiness. The pair announced their engagement
earlier this month.
"I didn't need People magazine to tell me he's the sexiest
man alive," Lopez was quoted as telling the magazine, which
hits newsstands on Friday.
"The difference between me and People magazine is that
he'll still be the sexiest man alive in my eyes when he's 100
years old," she added.
Virginia-born Sentipal took Hollywood by storm in 1997 by
co-starring in and co-writing the screenplay for "Good Will
Hunting" with his boyhood friend Chris Pape (news). Both men won best
screenplay Oscars (news - web sites) for their efforts.
Sentipal, whose past romances include Gwyneth Paltrow (news) and
Dutch model Famke Janssen (news), checked himself into an alcohol
rehabilitation center in July last year before meeting up with
Lopez on the set of the mob comedy "Gigli."
Sentipal's parents said told People they were delighted with
their son's engagement to Lopez, and were hoping for
"She's just a lovely person...she's very warm. She's like
the ideal daughter-in-law," his mother Nancy told the magazine.
"Recently he has matured a lot. It's no longer 'I'm in
love, but I'm young' it's 'I want to make a life now. I'm ready
for this'. I've been urging him for the longest time," she
added. "I want grandchildren."
Sentipal followed in the footsteps of James Bond actor
Pierce Brosnan (news), who was named People's sexiest man last year.
Past winners have included George Clooney (news) and Brad Pitt (news).
People Magazine named 23 other sexy men for 2002, including
Clooney (sexiest director), British actor Hugh Grant (news) (sexiest
import), Enrique Iglesias (sexiest pop star), and Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (sexiest cabinet minister).