But don't let the hot-buttered Texas toast drawl or good-time-lovin' rep fool you: McConaughey is fluent in Spanish, cites the dictionary as his favorite book ("I love to look up words") and calls his mom, Kay, every Sunday. He also reveals a sly sense of humor. Case in point: His bathrobe is monogrammed with 5'11 3/4", his exact height.
Loyal to his friends and friends with his exes, he celebrated his 36th birthday on Nov. 4 with a surprise party at L.A.'s Dolce eatery thrown by Cruz, 31, his girlfriend of one year. "I had told her I wanted good food, good drink and for every single face to make me smile," says this year's cover boy. "And each one did."
On this, the 20th anniversary of PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive title, McConaughey earns our top spot for combining a heaping helping of Texas's finest southern charm with the best of all the heartthrobs who've come before him. So now, let us turn the floor over to McConaughey, who offers some surprising answers on our first-ever SAT (Sexy Aptitude Test).