Paul Rudd jokes about being named 'Sexiest Man Alive' by People magazine

He follows in Michael B. Jordan, John Legend and Idris Elba's footsteps

10 November 2021 - 08:41
By Jill Serjeant
Paul Rudd has been named People magazine's sexiest man alive. File photo.
Image: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Paul Rudd has been named People magazine's sexiest man alive. File photo.

Paul Rudd, the affable actor best known for playing Ant-Man, was named People magazine's sexiest man alive on Wednesday, joining the likes of Idris Elba, George Clooney and Bradley Cooper.

Rudd, 52, seemed taken aback at the honour, as was his wife.

“I do have an awareness, enough to know that when people hear that I'd be picked for this, they would say, 'What?'" he told People in a cover story for the magazine.

“She was stupefied,” he said of the reaction of Julie, his wife of 18 years. “After some giggling and shock, she said, 'Oh, they got it right.' And that was very sweet.”

Rudd's career stretches back 30 years.

He played the kind boyfriend of Lisa Kudrow's wacky Phoebe on TV comedy Friends and later took larger roles in comedies like Knocked Up before playing Ant-Man in the Marvel superhero movie, followed by a sequel and appearances as the character in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame.

Rudd, who has two children, will next appear in Ghostbusters: Afterlife and in the TV series The Shrink Next Door.

Actor Michael B. Jordan was last year's sexiest man alive pick, after John Legend and Idris Elba in 2019 and 2018.

Rudd joked that he expects his life to change radically now he has been awarded the annual title.

“I'm hoping now that I'll finally be invited to some of those sexy dinners with Clooney and Pitt and B Jordan. And I figure I'll be on a lot more yachts,” he said.

The special double issue of People magazine hits US news-stands on Friday.