It’s that time of year again and People Magazine has finally revealed their “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2021 and this year’s pick comes as a massive shock for some. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the epitome of “sexy” (whatever that means), Mr. Paul Rudd.
Now, rumors around this year’s pick have been rife for the past few weeks.
Other names have been swirling around for a while, and by other names, I mean a certain actor who goes by the name of Chris Evans.
We all know Evans is Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor (how he’s still a bachelor, we will never know) but in recent years, he’s become a lot more than that.
Rather than focus on the obvious, his extensive dating history or his particularly large muscles, what kind of a man is he beyond the trivial stuff?
From all the evidence online: A loveable, sensitive and romantic one.
The only white man that everyone agrees on.
So it made sense when it was initially reported that that he would be graced with the crown this year…
Page Six released an article in which they stated that Evans had already “landed the title”, adding that “multiple sources” had confirmed the rumor.
“Evans — who will voice Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s upcoming Toy Story spinoff — will be unveiled on the cover of People next week,” they wrote.
And naturally, Evans fans were extremely excited that the star would be finally recognized as the Sexiest Man Alive, but when the news was announced on last night’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that it was going to Paul Rudd, some people were left a little more than disappointed…
However, everyone else turned their attention to congratulating Rudd on his achievement.
Regardless of public opinion, the man of the hour is Paul Rudd.
Our favorite, green-eyed, never-aging actor.
Rudd has really transformed the masses over the years with his charm, his wit and of course, his impeccable acting skills. It also helps that he’s pretty easy on the eyes.
The announcement was made on Tuesday night via an extended skit on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The host put Rudd through a series of “sexiness” tests, including a physical exam, a Westminster Dog Show-style judging round, and photoshoots as a construction worker and monk, to show off whether he could make any style look sexy and let me tell you, he pulled it off well.
For a second though, it seemed as though Colbert was going to deny him of the accolade when Rudd dested “negative” for sexy…
But as he was walking away slightly disappointed, Colbert said: “There’s nothing sexier than humility… And you passed! Paul, you’re the sexiest man alive.”
Cue the applause.
A worthy recipiant indeed.
Rudd joins a growing list of Hollywood’s biggest hunks and you know what, he fits the bill almost perfectly.
Over the years, we’ve seen a great number of men come and go…
But Rudd, despite all the initial controversy, is here to stay.
Before we get to this year’s top 5 worthy opponents, let’s quickly count down the other winners of the prestigious title in recent years including some of Rudd’s besties who won the title before him.
Have a look for yourselves.
Bradley Cooper (2011)
Bradley Cooper. With those eyes alone, I’m not surprised about 2011’s pick. Upon winning the title, he told the outlet that it’s pretty cool a guy that “doesn’t look like a model” was graced with the honor adding: “I think I’m a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other times I look horrifying.”
Channing Tatum (2012)
I think everyone besides me went through a Channing Tatum phase. I even watched Dear John, just hoping I’d fall into line but it never happened. Well deserved according to everyone else though.
Adam Levine (2013)
Another prominent phase I remember everyone going through.
As soon as Maroon 5 released “Moves Like Jagger” and we saw Levine in all of his tattooed, 6-pack glory, I knew he was destined for “Sexiest Man.” And let’s not forget about that viral video of him fangirling over his wife on the iconic Victoria’s Secret runway. Damn.
Chris Hemsworth (2014)
A 6-foot something, blonde-haired,-blue-eyed Australian? Of course, he was going to make the cut.
David Beckham (2015)
Speaking during his interview with People, he emphasized that he doesn’t think of himself as “sexy.”
Of course, you don’t. You’re only David Beckham.
Dwayne Johnson (2016)
“I was doing a lot of things that I shouldn’t have [while he was a teenager],” “The Rock” told People. “I was getting arrested multiple times, but at the same time, always very respectful to my teachers and elders. I was unsure of who I was and who I wanted to be.”
However, after receiving the coveted title in 2016, “[He] thought, ‘Wow, we’ve pretty much reached the pinnacle.’ I’m not quite too sure where we go from here. I’ve done it all, this is it.”
Blake Shelton (2017)
When he first found out that he would be receiving the title, he joked that they “must be running out of people”, which now makes me think Shelton deserves it just that little bit more. Well played.
Idris Elba (2018)
The third man of color to have ever received the title ever since it was birthed back in 1985. Third. The first was Denzel Washington back in 1996, and the second was The Rock. I wish I was lying, but I’m not.
John Legend (2019)
Along with his wife, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend’s popularity grew immensely throughout 2019, but the couple quickly fell off their pedestal in 2021 after it was uncovered that Teigen had been bullying multiple young women online. Big yikes. I mean, other than that, Legend has always been a gentleman.
Michael B. Jordan (2020)
Now here’s a pick I can vouch for. What’s not to love about Michael B. Jordan? I can’t decide which part of him I like the most: His smile, his arms, or his willing activism. Help.
And seeing all these past recipiants, I can see why Paul Rudd was the outlet’s next pick.
Speaking of the honor, he told People this: “I do have an awareness, enough to know that when people hear that I’d be picked for this, they would say, ‘What?’
“This is not false humility. There are so many people that should get this before me.”
“When I think about myself, I think of myself as a husband and a father, like I’m that,” he says. “I just hang out with my family when I’m not working. That’s what I kind of like the most.”
Upon hearing of his latest achievement, his wife of eighteen years said that the outlet “got it right” with their pick.
“She was stupefied,” he says. “But you know she was very sweet about it. After some giggling and shock, she said ‘Oh, they got it right.’ And that was very sweet. She was probably not telling the truth, but what’s she going to say?”
But his wife might be the only person in his inner circle that’s not going to “give him grief” about the title…
His friends aren’t going to be so forgiving.
“I mean I’m going to lean into it hard. I’m going to own this. I’m not going to try to be like ‘Oh, I’m so modest.’ I’m getting business cards made. But all of my friends will destroy me and I expect them to. And that’s why they’re my friends.”
And now Rudd is hoping this achievement allows him to hang out with the elite, like he doesn’t already…
“I’m hoping now that I’ll finally be invited to some of those sexy dinners with Clooney and Pitt and B Jordan,” he tells the outlet. “And I figure I’ll be on a lot more yachts. I’m excited to expand my yachting life. And I’ll probably try to get better at brooding in really soft light. I like to ponder. I think this is going to help me become more inward and mysterious. And I’m looking forward to that.”
That’s the Rudd charm we know and love.
But this position hasn’t come without competition either.
Some of this year’s other picks were worthy competitors…
First up it’s Bad Bunny.
Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, better known by his stage name, Bad Bunny, has helped to pull Latin trap and reggaeton into the mainstream. However, the artist has not limited himself to just that genre, playing around with soul, rock, and bachata. A real hot topic this year.
And then we have Regé-Jean Page.
Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page rose to fame while starring in the hit Netflix show and quickly became a talking point over the past 2 years. But hey, we’re not complaining.
At number 3 we have Lil Nas X.
Lil Nas X has been dominating the headlines this year and not just because he’s quickly risen to the top of the industry as a fashion icon. His constant activism and his unapologetic demeanor has given him the edge over a lot of other men hence his mention in People’s list of “other men who kept us captivated this year.”
And finally, the runner-up for this year is Timothée Chalamet.
The twenty-five-year-old American actor has been making waves ever since he turned up on the acting scene back in 2012. And less than a decade later, with multiple accolades secured, he’s already become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after celebrities.
Regardless, Paul Rudd has come out on top.
So congratulations to him on this amazing achievement – your 2021’s Sexiest Man Alive is Mr. Paul Rudd, ladies and gentlemen.