LOS ANGELES (HPD) — Chris Evans may have put down the Captain America shield, but he has a new badge of honor: He’s been named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.
The choice was announced Monday night on Stephen Colbert’s late-night talk show and on the magazine’s website. Evans, who played Captain America for nearly a decade in Marvel’s many superhero movies, takes over from fellow Avengers member Paul Rudd.
“My mother will be very happy,” he said in the interview for the cover of the magazine, which will go on sale on Friday. “She’s proud of everything I do, but this is something she can really brag about.”
Also, you know that you are likely to get teased by your closest friends. “Really, this is going to be teasing,” she joked in the interview. “It lends itself to harassment.”
Among those likely to pick on him are some of his co-stars who have already held the title, such as Rudd, Ryan Reynolds and Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel universe, was the first of the Avengers to receive the annual award that People first gave to Mel Gibson in 1985.
The list of winners also includes John Legend, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, Adam Levine, Richard Gere, Channing Tatum and David Beckham.
People caught up with Evans, 41, on a farm in Georgia where the actor talked about finding a better work-life balance. “The most enjoyable aspect of my career right now is feeling confident enough to take my foot off the gas,” he said.
His first film role was in the movie “The New Comers” in 2000, and he played the superhero Johnny Storm, Human Torch, in two “Fantastic Four” films in 2005 and 2007. But fame came to him in 2011 with “Captain America: The First Avenger” (“Captain America: The first avenger”).
Since then, he has put himself in the shoes of the superhero in 10 Marvel films, and left his shield after saving the universe in “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019.
Evans has become a bankable star, voicing the character of Buzz Lightyear in the Pixar film “Lightyear” and playing a sadistic killer trying to kill Reynolds in “The Gray Man.” ), from Nextflix, both released this year.
In the interview, the actor indicated that marriage and starting a family are in his future plans. “That’s absolutely something I want,” he said, but noted that he doesn’t expect to discuss much of his private life in public because “some things you want just for yourself, or just for my family and friends.”
Born in Boston, he remains linked to the civic engagement website A Starting Point, which he co-founded in 2020.
As he charts the next part of his life and career, he hopes the recognition from People will be a milestone.
“This is something that, when I get old and lazy, I can look back and say, ‘I remember when…'” Evans said. “I’m lucky to be in the conversation.”