From starring in “Clueless” to “Friends,” and playing a hero in the Marvel universe, it's clear why Paul Rudd is People's 2021 Sexiest Man Alive.
However, the 52-year-old actor has revealed that his wife thinks a different actor deserves the title.
In an interview with Extra, Rudd shared that his wife wouldn’t have voted for him if there were an opportunity to cast a ballot for the title. The actor has been married to producer Julie Yaeger since 2003.
“No, she would have voted for Keanu Reeves,” Rudd joked. “Come on, he’s Keanu, I’d vote for him.”
Reeves has had a turn as the Sexiest Man Alive, having been crowned with the honor back in 1994.
Rudd's new title was first revealed on an episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" last week.
“Right now, there is one major question on absolutely everyone’s minds: Who will be People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2021? In these divided times, it’s the last thing that all Americans care about,” Colbert said as he shared that this year’s predictions included Chris Evans and Dwayne Johnson.
“Well, all the speculation ends tonight, ladies and gentlemen, because it is my distinct honor to have been chosen by the good people at People to be the official person to announce this year’s Sexiest Man Alive,” Colbert noted, “and it is not a responsibility that I take lightly.”
Throughout the episode, Colbert put Rudd through several “sexiness” tests, including a photoshoot as a construction worker, a physical exam, and even a Westminster Dog Show-style judging round. It then involved the 52-year-old pouring water over his head, leading him to say, “Help me, I’m drowning in sexiness.”
After the tests, Colbert then told Rudd that he did a great job.
“There’s nothing sexier than humility, and you passed!” Colbert said, “Paul, you’re the sexiest man alive.”