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LOS ANGELES — Chris Evans may have laid down Captain America’s shield, but he’s got a new badge of honor: he’s been named People magazine’s Sexiest Man.
The audience selection has been announced Monday nights on Stephen Colbert’s Late Night Show and on the magazine’s website. Evans, who for nearly a decade played Captain America in Marvel’s sprawling superhero movies, takes over for another Avenger, Paul Rudd.
“My mom is going to be so happy,” he told the magazine for its cover story, which hits newsstands Friday. “She’s proud of everything I do, but it’s something she can really brag about.”
He also knows that he is likely to be teased by close friends. “Really, it will just be a point of intimidation,” he joked in an interview. “It’s ripe for harassment.”
Among those likely to heckle him are co-stars and former Sexiest Man Alive winners like Rudd, Ryan Reynolds and Chris Hemsworth. (Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel movies, was the first Avenger to win People’s annual honor, which was first bestowed on 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, at a farm in Georgia, where the actor talked about finding a better work-life balance. “The most enjoyable part of my career right now is feeling safe enough to ease off,” he said.
Evans’ first film role came in the 2000s The newcomers and he played superhero Johnny Storm in two The Fantastic Four films released in 2005 and 2007. But he gained widespread fame in 2011 with the release of Captain America: The First Avenger.
Since then, he’s played the wholesome superhero in 10 Marvel movies, laying down his shield after saving the universe in Avengers: Endgame in 2019.
Evans became a very bankable star, voicing the character of Buzz Lightyear in Pixar Light year movie and playing a sadistic assassin trying to kill Reynolds in Nextflix The gray man – both released this year.
The actor told People he plans to get married and start a family, saying, “It’s absolutely something I want.”
He said he did not expect to speak publicly about his private life. “Some things you want just for yourself, or just for my family and friends.”
The Boston native also continues his involvement with civic engagement site A Starting Point, which he co-founded in 2020.
As Evans charts the next part of his life and career, he expects the honor of the people to be a milestone.
“It’s something that I get old and flaccid about, I can look back and say ‘I remember then…'” Evans said. “I’m lucky to be in the discussion in any capacity.”