LOS ANGELES (AP) – Paul Rudd has been crowned by People magazine as the sexiest man alive of 2021,
Rudd, known for his starring roles in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” films, “This Is 40” and “Clueless”, was named this year’s winner on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Shown.
The actor told the magazine in an issue on Friday that some would be surprised to receive the honour.
“I have an awareness, enough to know that when people hear that I’ll be picked for this, they’ll say, ‘What?'” he said. “It’s not false humility. There are many people who should get it before me.”
But of course, Rudd wouldn’t turn down the honor. He jokingly hopes the new title will earn him an invitation to “those sexy dinners” with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Michael B. Jordan — all recent winners.
Other past honorees include John Legend, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum and David Beckham.
“I think I’ll be on a lot more yachts,” said Rudd. “I’m excited to expand my sailing life. And I’ll probably try to get better at thinking in a really soft light. I love to ponder. I think it will help me become more inner and mystical .and I’m looking forward to it.”
Rudd’s first major breakout performance came in 1995’s “Clueless,” a cult classic starring Alicia Silverstone. He also made his mark in several comedies such as the “Anchorman” films, “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “This is 40”, which was a spin-off from the comedy “Knocked Up”.
The actor rose to superstar status in several Marvel superhero movies, including “Ant-Man,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Endgame.” He will star in the upcoming “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and appear alongside Will Ferrell in the new Apple TV+ series “The Shrink Next Door,” which premieres November 12.
Rudd, 52, said his wife was initially “stupid” after telling him the news. The couple has two children, Jack, 17, and Darby, who is 12.
“But you know she was so sweet about it,” he said of his wife of 18 years, Julie. “After a few laughs and chuckles, she said, ‘Oh, they got it right.’ And he was so sweet. She might not be telling the truth, but what is she going to say?”
Rudd hopes that his group of friends will cause him “so much grief.” He will not blame them, because that is what he will do.
“I mean, I’m going to work hard at it. I’m going to own it,” he said. “I’m not going to try to be like ‘Oh, I’m so humble’. I am getting business card made. But all my friends will destroy me, and I expect them, and so they are my friends.