Elle has released its Women in Hollywood issue, featuring some of the most talked-about names in Tinseltown.

From comedic genius Melissa McCarthy to smoldering star Penelope Cruz, Elle chose some gorgeous ladies to grace the November covers. In the issue the actresses discuss their careers, stardom and much more.

Reese Witherspoon
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"I started noticing a couple years ago that I wasn't seeing women as the stars of movies. I'm seeing them as the guys' girlfriends, or so-and-so's wife. I just thought: God, if I don't start buckling down and start producing some movies, what's my daughter going to see in the movies?"

Penelope Cruz
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"The concept of a 'star' will always sound foreign and surreal to me because growing up in my country, you're an actor, not a star."

Melissa McCarthy
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"A lot of times, women have had all their tools taken away (in Hollywood comedies). It's like you're never inappropriate, you have the greatest job, you look great, your hair is amazing, and now go be funny. And it's like, with what? You have to fall down for us to want to watch you get back up. And it's like they never let you watch women fall down."

Shailene Woodley
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"I'm so young, and I'm single, and I just want to drift. I'm just going to be a drifter. I want to do something totally different before Insurgent [the second film in the Divergent trilogy]. Maybe I'll work in a tea shop. Or live in Amsterdam. Or be a nanny. Life experience only helps us as actors. I need new experiences to draw upon."

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  • Tom Cruise films a scene at the 'Oblivion' movie set at the Empire State Building on June 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

  • Blake Lively rehearses a scene at the 'Gossip Girl' movie set in Midtown Manhattan on July 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

  • Kristen Wiig and Ben Stiller rehearse a scene at 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' movie set in Midtown Manhattan on May 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

  • Actor Russell Crowe rehearses a scene at the 'Winter's Tale' film set in the Meatpacking District on December 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

  • Director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of the film The Wolf of Wall Street on the streets of Manhattan on September 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)

  • Dane Dehaan and Daniel Radcliffe are sighted on the set of Kill Your Darlings on March 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)

  • Debra Messing films a scene at the 'Smash' movie set in Midtown Manhattan on September 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

  • Michael Douglas and actress Mary Steenburgen are seen on the set of the movie 'Las Vegas on October 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)

  • Imogen Poots films a scene at the 'Are We Officially Dating?' movie set in Soho on December 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

  • Liam Neeson on set of 'A Walk Among The Tombstones' on March 13, 2013 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

  • Zac Efron (L) and Miles Teller film a scene at the 'Are We Officially Dating?' movie set in Grammercy Park on January 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

  • Megan Hilty films a scene at the 'Smash' movie set in Times Square on February 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

  • Actors Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones film a scene at the 'True Story' movie set at Rizzoli Bookstore on March 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

  • Kevin Alejandro and Bonnie Somerville on the set of 'Golden Boy' on the Streets of Manhattan on August 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)

  • Zooey Deschanel flaunts her indie style on the set of The New Girl Hit TV series as they shot on location in downtown Los Angeles, CA. (Fame Pictures)

  • Ryan Gosling and Mireille Enos put on their retro costumes to film scenes for the 1940's crime drama 'Gangster Squad.' (Bauer Griffin)

  • After taking a bike ride through Central Park, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo settle down on a park bench for a kiss and a laugh while filming 'Thanks for Sharing.' (Bauer Griffin)

  • Ryan Gosling and Mireille Enos put on their retro costumes to film scenes for the 1940's crime drama 'Gangster Squad.' (Bauer Griffin)

  • Kate Hudson sports her recently darkened hair as she films scenes for 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' with Riz Ahmed. (Bauer Griffin)

  • The women of 'Gossip Girl' wear gorgeous gowns as they prepare to film scenes in Harlem. (Bauer Griffin)

  • January Jones on the set of 'Mad Men', her first back to work. She enjoys a drink while her baby sleeps softly in her trailer today in Los Angeles, CA. (Fame Pictures)

  • Jon Hamm enjoys a cup of coffee while on break from filming the hit show "Mad Men" in Los Angeles. For the fourth year in a row, the AMC drama took home the Best Drama Emmy. (Pacific Coast News)

  • John Slattery takes a break from filming the hit show "Mad Men" in Los Angeles. For the fourth year in a row, the AMC drama took home the Best Drama Emmy. (Pacific Coast News)

  • Pop superstar Rihanna seen on set filming the music video for their new single "We Found Love," in Bangor County Down, Belfast, Ireland on September 26, 2011. Rihanna sported an unbuttoned denim vest with stars and stripes and muddy ripped jeans and work boots. (Fame Pictures)

  • Lindsay Lohan pictured during a photo shoot for Philipp Plein in Bellagio, near Como, Italy. (INF)