The Angels Chris Evans may have put up Captain America’s shield, but he’s got a new badge of honor: He’s been named “Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine.
The people’s selection was announced Monday night on Stephen Colbert’s late night show and on the magazine’s website. Evans, who played Captain America in Marvel’s sprawling superhero movies for nearly a decade, is taking over from another Avenger,.
“My mom will be so happy,” he told the magazine’s cover story, which hits newsstands Friday. “She takes pride in everything I do, but this is something she can really brag about.”
He also knows that he will probably be teased by close friends. “Really, this will just be a point of bullying,” he joked in an interview. “It is ripe for intimidation.”
Among those likely to harass him are co-stars and past Sexiest Man Alive winners such as Rudd, Ryan Reynolds, and Chris Hemsworth. (Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel films, was the first Avenger to win the People’s annual honor, which was first awarded to Mel Gibson in 1985.)
Other past winners include John Legend, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, Adam Levine, Richard Gere, Channing Tatum and David Beckham.
People interviewed Evans, 41, on a farm in Georgia, where the actor talked about finding a better work-life balance. “The best part of my career right now is that I feel safe enough to take my foot off the gas,” he said.
Evans’ first film role came in 2000’s “The New Comers” and he played superhero Johnny Storm in two “Fantastic Four” films released in 2005 and 2007. But he shot to big fame in 2011 with the release of “Captain America: The First Avenger.” “
Since then, he has played the beneficial superhero in 10 Marvel movies and put down his shield after saving the universe in “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019.
Evans has gone on to become a very bankable star, playing the Buzz Lightyear character in Pixar’s “Lightyear” movie and playing a sadistic hit man trying to kill Reynolds in Nextflix’s “The Gray Man” – both released this year.
The actor told People that he is considering getting married and starting a family, saying, “That’s definitely something I want.”
However, he said he didn’t expect to talk much about his private life in public. “Some things you want just for you, or just for my family and my friends.”
The Boston native also remains involved with the community engagement site A Startpunt, which he co-founded in 2020.
As Evans charts the next part of his life and career, he fully expects People’s honor to be a milestone.
“It’s something that, as I get old and limp, I can look back on it and say, ‘I remember when…'” Evans said. “I’m lucky enough to be in the discussion in any capacity.”