Paul Rudd jokes about being named ‘sexiest man alive’ by People magazine

FILE PHOTO: Paul Rudd poses for a portrait in Santa Monica
FILE PHOTO: Cast member Paul Rudd, from the movie "I Love You, Man," poses for a portrait in Santa Monica, California March 15, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

November 10, 2021

(Reuters) -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, whose career stretches back 30 years, seemed taken aback at the honor, 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.

“She was stupefied,” he said, describing 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 played the kind boyfriend of Lisa Kudrow’s wacky Phoebe on TV comedy “Friends” and later took larger roles in comedies like “Knocked Up.” He later joined the Marvel superhero franchise, starring as “Ant-Man” in 2015.

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 pick as sexiest man alive, following John Legend and Idris Elba in 2019 and 2018.

Rudd joked that he expected his life to change radically after getting 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,” he told People. “And I figure I’ll be on a lot more yachts.”

The special double issue of People, which includes profiles of dozens of other celebrities ranging from “Succession” star Nicholas Braun to comedian Pete Davidson, hits U.S. newsstands on Friday.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Karishma Singh and Lisa Shumaker)