"Whenever I see her, I always go up to her and start kissing her," the smoldering star told Interview magazine. "She must think I'm some crazy person."
The "Nine" actress said she watched Streep's 1983 drama "Silkwood" recently and her admiration for the acting icon was reignited.
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"It made me want to kiss her feet," Cruz said.
The brunette stunner poses topless on the cover of Interview's December/January issue, wearing nothing but a dazzling diamond necklace and blood red lipstick. The 35-year-old Spanish bombshell smolders in a sexy noir photo spread inside the magazine.
The actress also dished on what kinds of roles she seeks out.
"If I read a script and the subject stays with me -- then that's when I want to go to work. Before, I was very addicted to being on set, and I was doing three or four movies a year for many years," she said.
"Now, fortunately, I can go to work only when I'm passionate about a project."