Paul Rudd is the People Magazine choice for Sexiest Man Alive 2021, and Jennifer Aniston didn’t hold back to congratulate her old comrade.
Aniston, 52, an old admirer and friend of Paul Rudd has long considered him the sexiest man alive.
The Golden Globe winner, Aniston, congratulated her longtime chum on her Instagram Story this Thursday after Rudd was named PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive.
While sharing a video from Rudd’s photoshoot, Aniston wrote: “This makes me so happy. We’ve ALWAYS known this, but Paul Rudd is officially @people’s Sexiest Man Alive!”
She also shared a picture of them as a couple cuddling in their 1998 romantic comedy “The Object of My Affection.” She captioned: “You don’t age, which is weird,” “But we still love you.”
People magazine’s 2021 Sexiest Man Alive may not have been talked as much this past year as other contenders like “You” star Penn Badgley or Jason Sudeikis from “Ted Lasso” lead. But there’s a reason Rudd, 52, has silently become one of the most revered leading men of Hollywood’.
Paul Rudd “I am aware enough to know that when people find out that they have chosen me for this they will say: ‘What ?!'” I WONDER IF THIS MAN HAS A MIRROR IN THEIR HOUSE !! THAT DOES NOT REALIZE THAT YOU NEVER AGE AND THAT EVERY DAY IT GETS MORE BEAUTIFUL pic.twitter.com/6lZrY5d9nq
— ᴴ (@hiddlouistan) November 11, 2021
Yes, Rudd is attractive, but also irrefutably amiable, talented and so collectively entertaining that he has fans of all ages from boomers and toddlers. Moreover, unlike many of his peers, Rudd has been consistent over the years and never had a bad patch. Since his debut in 1991, especially his scene-stealing role as Josh in romantic-comedy “Clueless,” the actor has never delivered a single bad performance. He boasts several hits from “Ant-Man” to “Friends” and undoubtedly is a type of actor that both studios and viewers can feel great about.
Rudd is such a versatile actor, and over the decades, he has established a universality in his appeal. Viewers from the ‘90s love him for “Clueless” and “Romeo + Juliet,” while today’s teenagers are discovering him for the first time with his roles in “Friends” and “Parks and Recreation.” Action enthusiasts know him from his role of Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, and comedy lovers praise him for his roles in comedy classics like “Anchorman” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
Not just that, Rudd has covered plenty of drama genres, too, in highly applauded projects like “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “The Cider House Rules.” In the anime genre, he’s known for his roles in kid-friendly titles like “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “The Little Prince.”
And, of course, there’s something charming about his personality. Despite all the gossip that Rudd has a vampire-like ability to never age, his looks have changed over the years as a natural phenomenon. In fact, he is a middle-aged man now, although a very handsome one.
Having said that, he does strongly resemble the young man viewers first saw back in the ‘90s, and that nostalgic familiarity is one of his most appealing qualities. Even today, when fans look at him, they see the Rudd we grew up with and had crushes on.
Rudd disclosed that he has recently enjoyed re-watching the fan-favorite sitcom with his daughter Darby, 12, who’s watching Friends for the first time after it aired on-screen for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004.
Talking to People, Rudd stated: “I hadn’t really revisited many of those episodes. But now that she’s watching it, it’s like, ‘Oh, I remember this,’ and I tell her some story about it.” He further added: “I’m far enough away from some things now that I can allow myself to be a little nostalgic about it. But then she’ll just be like, ‘Well, you’re not Joey [Matt LeBlanc].'”
Rudd is a humble family loving man. He tied knots with Julie Yaeger in 2003 and shares a daughter Darby and son Jack with her. Rudd lives in New York City and considers their home a happy place.
“When I think about myself, I think of myself as a husband and a father — like, I’m that,” Rudd said while talking to People. “I just hang out with my family when I’m not working. That’s what I kind of like the most.”