The universe has spoken, and Boston has reason to be proud.
The city’s own Chris Evans was crowned People magazine’s 2022 Sexiest Man Alive, the publication announced early Tuesday — in a much lower stakes contest on the morning of Election Day. (Given the actor’s devotion to politics, the date may be fitting.)
“My mom will be so happy,” the Sudbury native told the publication.
And she is.
Evans’s mom, Lisa, told the Globe on Tuesday “of course” she’s proud of her son’s most recent honor.
“What mother in the world wouldn’t say ‘It’s about time?’” Lisa Evans told the Globe over the phone. “I have four kids, and I feel they’re all sexy.”
Evans, 41, best known for his role as Captain America in Marvel’s “Avengers” franchise, and more recently “The Gray Man” and “Lightyear,” told People he’s adjusting to his new title.
“This whole thing is tough to be interviewed about,” he said. “It feels like a weird form of humble bragging.” The actor added that the honor would be “ripe” for playful harassment from his close friends. “Really, this will just be a point of bullying,” he said.
The actor said middle-school-aged Evans would be “pumped.”
“This would probably be the road to the cool table which I was not at,” he told the publication.
In People’s cover story spread, Evans posed in a simple white T-shirt tucked into jeans. He leaned against a fireplace, muscles flexed, staring pensively into the distance. “Evans appears to have fully understood this particular assignment,” the publication wrote, “the Boston native would probably rather jump into said fireplace than discuss being deemed sexy.”
Evans told People he’s prioritizing a healthy work-life balance and is trying to spend as much time as possible at home or visiting family in Boston.
“I’m too old to be living out of a suitcase for six months and I’ve settled into a nicer phase where I’m just happy being at home,” the actor said.
“He’s home all the time,” Lisa Evans told the Globe, adding that the actor has a house in Mass. “We’re very much homebodies.”
In the People interview, Evans commented on what he finds sexiest about the city he calls home.
“So much history there! I love the accent. To me, the accent is home,” Evans told People. “I love the weather. The seasons, the sports teams. But the sexiest thing about Boston ... maybe our universities. We’ve got a lot of good schools. Let’s give education a plug, that’s damn sexy.”
In 2021, Paul Rudd was deemed People’s Sexiest Man Alive, and Michael B. Jordan received the title in 2020. In 2019, John Legend was crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive, and in 2018, the title went to Idris Elba.
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