Since being crowned this year’s Sexiest Man Alive, Paul Rudd has been on the receiving end of mixed reactions.
Rudd’s wife of over-a-decade Julie Yaeger and his “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” co-star Bill Murray also had humorous reactions to his People Magazine title.
The actor shared how they responded to the news of his latest achievement while also expressing his views on the award.
Paul Rudd Talks Murray and Yaeger’s Reactions To SMA Title
While at the premiere for the “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” movie with Murray, Rudd told ET about his co-star’s thoughts on his SMA title.
The father-of-two said Murray laughed at how many times he will need to answer a question about his title and wished he could watch him answer each one.
Rudd noted that his co-star’s wish was happening “right before our very eyes.” When asked about his wife’s response, he said she also laughed at the news.
The “Ant-Man” lead said his wife was as shocked as he was. He also explained that he did not take the compliments of friends, including Jennifer Aniston, to heart.
Rudd maintained that they were being sweet. He said Murray should be the real sexiest man alive as he was an incredible person to work with.
Celebrities React To The 2021 Sexiest Man Alive Announcement
Mark Ruffalo congratulated his “Avengers: Endgame” co-star on Instagram and wished he would remain ageless so he could hold the title forever.
Renner shined the spotlight on himself, writing congrats “from your friend, who looks tremendous, in the dark,” crediting his handsomeness in low light.
Seth Rogen congratulated his “The 40-year-old Virgin” co-star by tweeting, “No arguments here.”
Rudd’s “This is 40” co-star Judd Apatow was unsure how to feel about the news. She tweeted, “I’m having mixed emotions about this.”
The 52-year-old told PEOPLE he was aware that people would question his title. “This is not false humility. So many people should get this before me,” he explained.
Nevertheless, the “Wanderlust” star decided to “lean into it hard” and own it, but he expects all his friends to “destroy” him as that is what friends do.
Ryan Reynolds Advises “Clueless” Star about His SMA Title
As 2010’s SMA titleholder, Ryan Reynolds has some pointers for Rudd, such as not wasting the title by being shy like many former titleholders did.
On November 15, The Blast reported that Reynolds told The Today Show hosts that he was excited about Rudd’s title, but “he’s going to play it bashful, humble.”
The “Free Guy” actor said he would not have done the same if he had known, adding that SMA title holders have to seize the opportunity.
Reynolds joked that if he got it now, his family would need to go on without him, and he would roam the world with a dog-eared copy of his People Magazine cover.
The “Deadpool” lead said he would sow his wild oats across towns like a nude, magical gardener. “It would be amazing.”