People magazine names ‘Ant-Man’, ‘Clueless’ actor Paul Rudd as 2021’s Sexiest Man Alive

LOS ANGELES – Paul Rudd has been named 2021’s sexiest man alive by People magazine.

Rudd, known for his starring roles in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” movies, “This is 40” and “Clueless,” was revealed on Tuesday night as the winner of the year on CBS ‘”The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

The actor tells in an issue out Friday to the magazine that some will be surprised that he received the honor.

“I have an awareness, enough to know, that when people hear that I would be selected for this, they would say, ‘What?’,” He said. “This is not false humility. There are so many people who should get this before me.”

But of course, Rudd will not turn down the credit. He jokingly hopes the new title will give him an invitation to “the sexy dinners” with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Michael B. Jordan – all recent winners.

Other former honorary laureates include John Legend, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum and David Beckham.

“I reckon I’ll be on many more yachts,” Rudd said. “I’m excited to expand my yacht life. And I’ll probably try to get better at incubating in really soft light. I like to ponder. I think this will help me become more inner and mysterious “And I’m looking forward to it.”

Rudd’s first major breakout appearance came in the 1995s “Clueless”, a cult classic starring Alicia Silverstone. He also appeared in several comedies such as the “Anchorman” movies, “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “This is 40”, a spin-off from the comedy “Knocked Up”.

The actor reached superstar status in a number of Marvel superhero movies, including “Ant-Man”, “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Endgame”. He stars in the upcoming “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and appears alongside Will Ferrell in the new Apple TV + series “The Shrink Next Door,” which premieres Nov. 12.

Rudd, 52, said his wife was initially “confused” after he told her the news. The couple has two children, 17-year-old Jack and Darby, who are 12.

“But you know, she was very sweet about it,” he said of his 18-year-old wife, Julie. “After some giggle and shock, she said, ‘Oh, they got it right.’ And that was very sweet. She probably did not tell the truth, but what would she say?”

Rudd expects that his circle of friends will give him “so much grief.” He will not blame them, for he would do the same.

“I mean, I’m going to lean hard into it. I’m going to own this,” he said. “I’m not going to try to be like, ‘Oh, I’m so modest.’ friends.”

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