HE'S RUDDY GORGEOUS!
YOU South Africa|25 November 2021
The funny man has come a long way from a goofball to sexiest man alive – we look at Paul Rudd’s rise to success
LAVERN DE VRIES

HE’S cute, yes. Funny, sure. Aging well, absolutely. But sexy? A heart-throb? Come on.

This was the general reaction when the news broke that Paul Rudd had been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2021, propelling him into the same sexy stratosphere as previous winners Michael B Jordan, Idris Elba, Brad Pitt and Ryan Reynolds.

Even Paul’s wife, Julie Yaeger Rudd, couldn’t believe it.

She was “stupefied”, Paul admits. “After some giggling and shock she told me, ‘Oh, they got it right’. She was probably not telling the truth but what’s she going to say?”

As for Paul, he couldn’t be more delighted. “I’m going to lean into it hard,” he says. “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.”

And it’s this self-deprecating sense of humour that’s helped him – after the initial shock – become a popular winner of the hottest guy on two legs title.

People who have worked with the 52-year-old actor say he’s one of nicest guys around and his legions of fans have declared him the internet’s perfect boyfriend. He’s kind, he’s smart and he can make you laugh.

The Guardian summed up Paul’s appeal perfectly: “He’s both square-jawed and soft, like he could both seduce you and help with the broken toilet in the morning.”

And really, what more could you possibly want?

HIS blend of handsome, funny and decent along with his reputation for being one of the hardest working stars in the game has helped him to stay relevant and in-demand in notoriously tricky Tinseltown.

Paul has been working solidly since bursting onto the silver screen in 1995’s Clueless yet he lives life under the radar and is mostly left alone by the paparazzi.

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