December 1, 2021
Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd is PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive 2021: ‘I’m going to lean into it hard’

Paul Rudd seemingly by no means ages and now he is propelled that entry to the fountain of youth to one of the coveted titles in Hollywood: PEOPLE’S Sexiest Man Alive.

“I’m going to lean into it hard. I’m going to own this,” Rudd tells PEOPLE of being named the 2021 Sexiest Man Alive. “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.”

Rudd is at the moment showing in AppleTV+’s The Shrink Subsequent Door reverse Will Ferrell and on the large display screen in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. He’ll return to his place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Scott Lang, alias Ant-Man, in 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

However Rudd has been entertaining audiences for almost three a long time, beginning along with his breakout position in Clueless and persevering with on via numerous initiatives, together with Associates, The Cider Home Guidelines, Moist Sizzling American Summer season, Anchorman, The 40-12 months-Outdated Virgin, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man, Parks and Recreation, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, They Got here Collectively, and quite a few MCU initiatives in his position as Ant-Man.

Paul Rudd is named PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive 2021 | Credit score: George Pimentel/Getty

Rudd is a household man, father to two kids, Jack, 17, and Darby, 12, and he insists he is happiest at residence (which is not in Hollywood, however in Rhinebeck, N.Y.). There, he co-owns a sweet retailer with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton, which they took over when the earlier proprietor died. He is additionally invested in charity work, supporting the Stuttering Affiliation for the Younger (SAY) and founding The Massive Slick, an annual movie star sports-event that raises cash for Kansas Metropolis Kids’s Mercy Hospital.

The actor joins a long-list of Sexiest Males Alive, together with final 12 months’s honoree Michael B. Jordan, and former title holders George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Legend, Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, and Channing Tatum. Rudd intends to put his new credentials to good use. “I’m hoping now that I’ll finally be invited to some of those sexy dinners with Clooney and Pitt and B Jordan,” he quipped to PEOPLE. “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.”