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People has named Paul Rudd the Sexiest Man Alive in 2021.
The actor's magazine cover was unveiled on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday night as part of a prerecorded scene where Colbert acted as a “sexiness judge" before finally announcing Rudd's new title.
The 52-year-old actor is consistently one of Hollywood’s funniest and friendliest leading men who often trends whenever the internet rediscovers his ability to never age. His Sexiest Man Alive win follows fellow Marvel star Michael B. Jordan who received the honour in 2020.
In his cover story interview with People, Rudd said, "I do have an awareness, enough to know that when people hear that I’d be picked for this, they would say, ‘What?'" He added, "This is not false humbleness. There are so many people that should get this before me.”
Take a look at the people's magazine cover here:
He revealed that his wife of 18 years, Julie, was the only person he told in advance of the big reveal and she was "stunned."
The "Ant-man" actor explained, "But you know she was very sweet about it. After some giggling and shock, she said, ‘Oh, they got it right.’ And that was very sweet. She was probably not telling the truth, but what’s she going to say?”
Rudd landed what was originally a guest role as Mike Hannigan on NBC's classic sitcom, "Friends." He was so popular with the fans that the writers kept him on and his character ended up marrying Phoebe.
After booking more starring roles in comedies like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “I Love You, Man” and “This Is 40,” Rudd portrayed an English teacher in the critically-acclaimed drama “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
In 2015, Rudd entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe to play Scott Lang, better known as Ant-Man. He reprised the role in the sequel “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Endgame.” He is all ready to suit up again in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” which is soon to hit theatres in 2023.
Most recently, Rudd played two versions of himself in Netflix’s comedy and drama “Living with Yourself.”
As for his current plans, he told People he will enjoy the perks of being added to a list that includes Idris Elba, Bradley Cooper, John F. Kennedy Jr., and Denzel Washington.
"I’m hoping now that I’ll finally be invited to some of those sexy dinners with Clooney and Pitt and B Jordan," Rudd said. "And I figure I’ll be on a lot more yachts. I’m excited to expand my yachting life. And I’ll probably try to get better at brooding in really soft light. I like to ponder. I think this is going to help me become more inward and mysterious. And I’m looking forward to that.”