Paul Rudd Is People's Sexiest Man Alive And Everyone Agrees

by Christina Marfice
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Paul Rudd was just named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2021, and it’s the most un-controversial choice the magazine has ever made

These days, there’s a lot that divides us. And there’s one event that happens each year that tends to be a little… controversial: The choosing of People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. Sexiness is relative! There will always be debate over who the magazine chooses. Until this year. Because this year, People cracked the code. They decided on the one man who is so sexy — so universally beloved — that there is no dissent whatsoever. Meet the 2021 Sexiest Man Alive: Paul Rudd.

Rudd, who is 52 but has not aged since he was 19-and-a-half, was announced just like every year’s Sexiest Man: With a cover story in People. In it, he explained that while being the Sexiest Man Alive is an honor, of course, he mostly just likes to hang out with his family these days, including Julie, his wife of 18 years, and their two kids, 17-year-old Jack and 12-year-old Darby.

“When I think about myself, I think of myself as a husband and a father, like I’m that,” he explained. “I just hang out with my family when I’m not working. That’s what I kind of like the most.”

In fact, the only person Rudd told about being named Sexiest Man Alive before it became public was his wife, who apparently didn’t see it.

“She was stupefied,” he said. “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?”

It’s kind of hard to see why she was so surprised, since the internet sure wasn’t. This is the only Sexiest Man Alive announcement I’ve seen in my 31 years on this Earth that doesn’t appear up for debate at all.

In fact, the only objection on the entire internet comes from this woman, and who can blame her? I mean, she *does* have a point.

As for what’s next for Rudd? Well, he has plans.

“I’m hoping now that I’ll finally be invited to some of those sexy dinners with Clooney and Pitt and B Jordan,” he said. “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.”