Hollywood actor Paul Rudd has been crowned as 2021â€™s Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.
Rudd, who has starred in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” films, “This is 40,” and “Clueless,” was announced as this year’s winner on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday night.
The actor tells the magazine in an upcoming issue that getting the award may surprise some people.
â€œI do have an awareness, enough to know that when people hear that Iâ€™d be picked for this, they would say, â€˜What?â€™â€ he said. â€œThis is not false humility. There are so many people that should get this before me.â€
But of course, Rudd wonâ€™t turn down the honor. He jokingly hopes the new title will grant him an invitation to â€œthose sexy dinnersâ€ with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Michael B. Jordan â€” all recent winners.
Other past honorees include John Legend, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum and David Beckham.
Ruddâ€™s first major breakout performance came in the 1995â€™s â€œClueless,â€ a cult classic starring Alicia Silverstone. He also made his mark in several comedies such as the â€œAnchormanâ€ films, â€œThe 40-Year-Old Virginâ€ and â€œThis is 40,â€ a spin-off from the comedy â€œKnocked Up.â€
The actor reached superstar status in a slew of Marvel superhero films including â€œAnt-Man,â€ â€œAnt-Man and the Wasp,â€ â€œCaptain America: Civil Warâ€ and â€œAvengers: Endgame.â€ Heâ€™ll star in the upcoming â€œGhostbusters: Afterlifeâ€ and appear alongside Will Ferrell in the new Apple TV+ series â€œThe Shrink Next Door,â€ which premieres Nov. 12.
Rudd, 52, said his wife was initially â€œstupefiedâ€ after he told her the news. The couple has two kids, 17-year-old Jack and Darby, who is 12.