Chris Evans was named the Sexiest Man by People Magazine.
The Captain America star was announced Monday night on Stephen Colbert’s Late Night Show and on the magazine’s network.
Evans played the Marvel superhero for nearly a decade and took the baton from another Avenger, Paul Rudd.
“My mom will be happy,” he told the magazine’s Friday issue. “She’s proud of what I’ve done, but that’s something she can really brag about.”
He said he knew he was likely to be teased by close friends, joking: “Really, it’s just a point of bullying. The time is ripe for harassment.”
He’s likely to get plenty of jeers from co-stars and previous winners like Rudd, Ryan Reynolds and Chris Hemsworth.
Hemsworth, who played Thor in a Marvel movie, was the first Avengers to receive the People’s Year honor.
The award was first presented to Mel Gibson in 1985, and other recipients include John Legend, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, Adam Levine, Richard Gere, Channing Tower Toum and David Beckham.
better work-life balance
People interviewed Evans, 41, at a farmhouse in Georgia, and the actor talked about finding a better work-life balance. “The most enjoyable aspect of my career right now is feeling safe enough to get my foot off the gas,” he said.
Evans’ first film role was in 2000’s The New Arrivals, where he played superhero Johnny Storm in two Fantastic Four films released in 2005 and 2007. In 2011, he became widely known for the release of Captain America: The First Avenger.
He’s played a superhero in 10 Marvel movies and dropped his shield after saving the universe in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.
Marriage ‘absolutely what I want’
The actor told PEOPLE he was thinking about getting married and starting a family, saying: “It’s definitely what I want.”
However, he said he did not wish to speak publicly about his private life. “Something you want just for you, or just for my family and my friends.”
He said he hoped the honor of the people would be a milestone in his life and career.
“If I get older and sag, I can look back and say ‘I remember that time…'” Evans said. “I’m fortunate to be involved in discussions in any capacity.”