Sean Penn, Kate del Castillo and El Chapo

What are they doing this holiday season?

It may seem strange to do a where-are-they-now post about three people who remain extremely well media-located. However, in the case of the principals involved in a Rolling Stone interview that blew up at the very beginning of 2016, it seems year-end warranted.

Sean Penn

The “pointy actorvist,” as The Guardian recently labeled him, responded to a challenge from Madonna at the superstar’s Dec. 2 Raising Malawi benefit by bidding $150,000 for a necklace and handcuffing her on stage. Whether there is indeed a second marriage, as promised by Madonna in exchange for that bid, remains to be seen.

Kate del Castillo

The actress who accompanied Penn to the El Chapo interview, and helped arrange it, spoke recently with Extra’s Mario Lopez. She just shot a 20-part Netflix series in which she plays the First Lady of Mexico. And for the moment, personally, she cannot safely travel into Mexico because of her El Chapo dealings.

El Chapo

The re-imprisoned drug lord and cartel leader made headlines of a different sort in November with a tweet about the results of the U.S. election. Those thoughts were followed on the newsstand a few weeks later by an issue of Rolling Stone featuring President Obama on the cover, interviewed by Jann Wenner. A safer choice all the way around than El Chapo, by Penn.