Actor Paul Rudd poses for a portrait during press day for “Ant-Man and The Wasp” at Langham Huntington on Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Pasadena, California. Rudd was crowned Sexiest Man of 2021 by People magazine. Rudd, known for his lead roles in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” films, “This is 40” and the cult classic “Clueless,” was revealed as this year’s winner Tuesday night, November 9, 2021, on CBS “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. (Photo by Joran Strauss / Invision / AP, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Paul Rudd has been crowned Sexiest Man of 2021 by People magazine.

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

The actor told the magazine in an issue published on Friday that some would be surprised if he received the honor.

“I have sufficient awareness to know that when people heard that I was chosen for this, they would say, ‘What? ” “, did he declare. “This is not false humility. There are so many people who should understand this before I do.

But of course Rudd won’t turn down that honor. He jokingly hopes the new title will grant him an invitation to “those sexy dinners” with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Michael B. Jordan – all recent winners.

Other previous winners 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,” Rudd said. “I am delighted to extend my yachting life. And I’ll probably try to improve myself to ruminate in a really soft light. I like to meditate. I think this will help me become more inner and mysterious. And I look forward to it.

Rudd’s first major performance came in 1995’s “Clueless,” a cult classic starring Alicia Silverstone. He also made his mark in several comedies such as the films “Anchorman”, “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “This is 40”, a spin-off of the comedy “Knocked Up”.

The actor has achieved superstar status in a host of Marvel superhero films, including “Ant-Man”, “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Endgame”. He will star in the upcoming “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and will appear alongside Will Ferrell in the new Apple TV + series “The Shrink Next Door”, which premieres on November 12th.

Rudd, 52, said his wife was initially “stunned” after he broke the news to her. The couple have two children, Jack, 17, and Darby, 12.

“But you know she was very nice about it,” he said of his wife, 18-year-old Julie. “After a few laughs and a shock, she said, ‘Oh, they got it right.’ And it was very sweet She probably wasn’t telling the truth, but what is she going to say?

Rudd expects his circle of friends to give him “so much grief.” He won’t blame them, because he would do the same.

“I mean, I’m going to lean on it hard. I’m going to own this, ”he said. “I’m not going to try to tell myself ‘Oh, I’m so modest.’ I have business cards made, but all my friends will destroy me, and I expect them to, and that’s why they are my friends.

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