Chris Evans is People Mag’s 2022 Sexiest Man Alive: good choice or meh?

Chris Evans is People Magazine’s 2022 Sexiest Man Alive. Honestly surprised that Evans hasn’t been named SMA before now, because he’s definitely been part of the conversation for years. The thing about SMA is that the guy almost always has to agree to it and agree to do a cover interview. Maybe Evans wanted to wait and then, magically, this year he was ready. Evans is 41 years old and he’s chilled out enough to play along and have fun with it. People Mag did good work with the editorial too – these photos are pretty hot, although there should definitely be a shot of his best ASSet, if you get my meaning. Some highlights from People:

His mom will love this: “My mom will be so happy. She’s proud of everything I do but this is something she can really brag about.”

It’s tough to talk about how sexy he is: “This whole thing is tough to be interviewed about. It feels like a weird form of humble bragging.”

He’s ready for some good-natured ribbing from his close friends. “Really this will just be a point of bullying. It’s ripe for harassment.”

Work-life balance: “When it comes to seeking out the people I play it’s more of an issue of where the movie shoots. 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.”

He’s thinking a lot about marriage and fatherhood. “That’s absolutely something I want,” he says. Just don’t expect him to talk much about that when it happens: “Some things you want just for you, or just for my family and my friends.”

He’s ready to slow down: “The most enjoyable aspect of my career right now is feeling secure enough to take my foot off the gas. I feel like I have a bit more freedom to take time away from the industry and still find projects that will satisfy my creative appetite when I return.”

The sexiest thing about Boston: “So much history there! I love the accent. To me, the accent is home. 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.”

He’s happy with the SMA title: “It’s something that as I become old and saggy I can look back on and say ‘I remember then…’ I’m lucky to be in the discussion in any capacity.”

[From People]

For years, I’ve thought that Chris’s “I can’t wait to be settled down with a wife and babies” shtick was more of a pickup line than anything else. Maybe he legitimately believes those are his goals, but it just strikes me that he’s quite happy dating and playing the field and the “husband and father” isn’t so much an immediate call to action. That being said, he’s seemed so much more comfortable and low-key in recent years. He has a home in or just outside of Boston, he sees all of his Boston friends and Boston-based family all the time, and I could absolutely see him settling down with a non-industry type from the area. We’ll see. Anyway, congrats to Chris. And Dodger Evans, who absolutely knows he owns his dad’s heart.

Cover & IG courtesy of People, additional photos courtesy of Chris’s IG.

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  1. Zapp Brannigan says:

    They should have put his dog on the front cover, that’s what I am here for. More Dodger please.

    • Geegee says:

      Yes dodger makes me smile. That happy dog song gets in my head every time I see his goofy face.

  2. PaperclipNumber99 says:

    I love Dodged sooooo much. That is all.

  3. Eurydice says:

    Mmmmmm. I have no problem with this at all.

    • SquiddusMaximus says:

      SMA is a totally ridiculous concept and I’m not going to pretend otherwise. But was anyone else a 14 YO lusting over the Brad Pitt covers in the mid 90s? All those hormones and not knowing any better. What bliss.

      I’m not even retroactively ashamed. What BP turned out to be was NOT our fault.

      • Eurydice says:

        Totally ridiculous. And I can understand the 14-year old’s lust. Mid-90’s Brad Pitt had a baby face that made him a “safe bad boy.” But I have to say I must be in the tiny minority of people who’ve never found bad boys to be sexy. I’m always “Meg, Meg, Meg, what’s wrong with Bill Pullman? He’s cute and has a good job. He loves and respects you. So what if he’s overly attached to his mother?”

  4. equality says:

    Maybe it’s time to stop objectifying people period?

    • Eurydice says:

      We objectify celebrities just by talking about them. We don’t really know who they are as people, but we judge them and demand behavior from them and project expectations on them. They’re not real people, just imaginary friends or enemies.

      • equality says:

        There’s still a difference between attempting to understand another person’s behavior and discussing their body shape.

      • Eurydice says:

        @equality – where in this are they discussing Evans’ body shape? If anything, he’s talking about how education is sexy.

    • SquiddusMaximus says:

      Eh… There’s a difference between objectifying and appreciating, though. When I look at a picture of Michael B Jordan, I think to myself, “Self, that is a fine looking man package. I also like the person it seems to contain. How excellently put together those parts are!”

      Objectifying is more about intentionally reducing a person to those parts and demanding they add no more to the equation. I don’t think anyone here is doing that — quite the opposite.

      • Size Does Matter says:

        I was like “meh” and then found the lawn chair photo and it suddenly got very hot in my house.

        That is a fine looking man package indeed.

      • Otaku fairy says:

        True. There’s also a difference between thinking your body is all you’re good for, and just not wanting to repress yourself to keep others from having sexual thoughts about you.

    • Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

      No, it’s not.

    • Roxy says:

      His publicist wouldn’t allowed this to happen if Chris didn’t approve. I mean one of the biggest jokes about Sexiest Man of the Year is that whoevers publicist pays the most wins the title.

      It’s something actors actively pursue because what actor wouldn’t want a pr boost? Especially in an industry that would replace you in a heartbeat.

  5. Mcmmom says:

    While I don’t really have that much of an opinion about Chris Evans, the first Captain America movie is what foretold major problems in my first marriage. The thwarted love story between Steve and Peggy threw me into a funk for a full week. Later, as I was going through my divorce, I realized that watching that romance on screen made me realize what I wasn’t feeling in my own marriage. I know that’s weird, but 🤷🏻‍♀️

    Congratulations to Chris.

    • SJ (they/them) says:

      The Captain America movies helped me realize I was a gay trans man so this doesn’t seem weird to me at all.

    • Aly says:

      @mcmmom I’m sorry your marriage didn’t work out. Steve/Peggy romance got me in my feels too. Chris and Hayley Atwell had great chemistry with each other.

      • Mcmmom says:

        Thank you, Aly – that’s very kind of you to say. Both my ex and I are remarried now to companions better suited for each of us, so we are both in a happier place romance-wise. I watched “Pride and Prejudice” not long ago (the one from the early 2000s) and the scene with Darcy walking through the midst didn’t undo me, so I know things are good 😊.

        SJ – I’m glad you too are in a better place.

  6. Jen says:

    I feel like his face was assembled by someone who put a bunch of “hot white male” features together and ended up with a bland looking dude.

    I was looking at a Buzzfeed article of all the sexiest men alive and it’s always overwhelmingly white. There are plenty of SEXY, SEXY men who aren’t bland AF.

    • Lululu says:

      This is exactly how I feel. I literally forget this guy exists, he’s so bland looking. Give me Charlie Hunnam over this guy any day.

    • Jen says:

      I am also in this camp. He’s good looking, but so bland. I also recall reading that Jessica Biel broke up with him because he was boring and thinking, “that tracks.” (Though apparently, boring was enough for 5 years.)

      • JackieJacks says:

        He does seem boring but is that really a bad thing? I read it as follows – Chris E is a guy who probably likes to – career / chosen job notwithstanding – stay under the radar and is happy with who he is with and doesn’t want to make any waves and just enjoy friends family and life. Is boring code for basically non problematic? I married a boring guy if thats the case – couldn’t be happier with him. Is Jessica Biel now happy with her ‘non boring’ spouse? Hmmmmmm…. Boring isn’t always ‘bad’ or undesirable is what I am saying lol

      • SquiddusMaximus says:

        Ohhh, snap! Well played, JackieJacks! I too would prefer vegging on the couch with CE after a day playing soccer and BBQing with friends — as opposed to constantly feeding JT’s ego machine. And pretending he’s a “man of the woods.” *Massive eyeroll emoji*

      • Jen says:

        Replying to JackieJacks: I totally take your point, though I don’t feel the need to think too deeply about the specifics of Jessica Biel and her current relationship, or exactly what she meant by boring in in reference to Chris. Yes, boring can mean non-problematic, but it can also mean no convictions about anything, which can also be frustrating.

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s how I’ve always felt about him too. All the right components are there, he’s certainly attractive and seems like a decent guy, but there’s no spark of “OMG I love him” at least not for me.

    • WiththeAmerican says:

      I feel same! He bores me. Hes got a great body and a nice face, but he’s missing the X factor thing imo

    • JanetDR says:

      Same! He’s never really stood out to me. But that picture of him with Dodger? You have to trust that happy doggo!

    • Kate says:

      Hot and bland is kind of exactly the target for this award though.

  7. K says:

    Talented, intelligent people are sexy. I find him physically attractive and he loves his dog. In this world I kinda feel like that’s pretty much good. Go Chris.

    • sunny says:

      He is hot and charming. I like Dodger’s dad but the timing is weird, like he could have been SMA anytime over the last 8-10 years. Like, why now?

  8. Shanaynay says:

    He’s cute and all. Not sure I would have picked him as “Sexiest man alive”. Think it’s a bit of a stretch for my taste.

  9. AmelieOriginal says:

    I’m honestly surprised he hasn’t been given the title before, though I do find the title so antiquated and so silly. But congrats to Chris, he is fully deserving of it. Now if only they’d nominate Chris Pine too…

  10. Becks1 says:

    Did he get the title before Chris Pine? because that’s a huge error if so.

    I hate captain america in the marvel movies but I loved him in Knives Out, and he seems like a decent guy, so congratulations I guess lol.

    • Squiddus Maximus says:

      You’ve got to be kidding me. America’s a$$?!?! Totally deserved. 😉 Although I echo your sentiment on Chris Pine. I appreciate CE — seems like a solid, well-intentioned dude — but have the lusts for CP.

      And let’s be clear — Captain America was the heart of the Avengers, which was I mean feat given the level of talent I that cast. CE needs to be given credit for bringing that spirit to life, superhero movie or not. I think he’s massively talented.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I’d give RDJ a huge part of the credit too. Ironman kicked off the big Marvel success and that is due to RDJ and Favreau. Without the onscreen relationship between Ironman and Cap? I don’t think the movies would have been nearly as good. Granted this is from someone who isn’t a big Marvel fan ; I watch them when they’re on but don’t see them in cinemas.

      • The Recluse says:

        Chris Evans really needs to be given credit for taking a character who could have easily been a stick in the mud and made him relatable and human. Think of Christopher Reeves in the first Superman film. He made that character so likeable and relatable. That is harder than one supposes. His story arc in the Marvel universe was bittersweet and heartwarming.

  11. Amy Bee says:

    About 3 years too late.

  12. Belle says:


  13. Tiffany says:

    My hope was for Jonathan Majors, but I’m not bother by Dodger’s human as a choice.

    • Misah says:

      Maybe he would love to have family but hasn’t found the right person? Maybe he doesn’t want to settle just to have a family, he’s looking for the right partner too? I’m a woman and I struggle with this. Of course my bio clock is ticking so I can be less ‘chill’ about it, but this is why I’m contemplating adoption.

    • SquiddusMaximus says:

      Ohhh, good choice! Johnathan Majors definitely has captivated my loins. Hopefully next year, after Creed and the next Ant Man (is it Ant Man??!!)

      Also Oscar Isaac. Lord take me now…

  14. Lightpurple says:

    No pictures featuring America’s ass? And none of Dodger?

  15. SAS says:

    Aww I kind of thought Prince Harry might have been in the mix!

  16. E.A says:

    people take this thing way too seriously, like Bella Hadid being the scientific perfect face or something like that, poor girl gets insulted every week because of some poll, we are never going to agree with this list

  17. LooSeal says:

    This is a total PR title, so I always judge the Sexiest Man Alive on his timing of accepting the title. Chris Evans is now a few years out of Marvel, has a Christmas movie with The Rock coming out and a dog food and treat line just released. Both these things need to sell with the People Magazine crowd. This is a smart move, which does, in fact, make it sexy. (Also so do the pics)

    • Twin Falls says:

      Definitely done for these reasons. And agree not bad ones.

    • Maxine du Camp says:

      Wasn’t Chris Evans supposed to be SMA a couple of years ago but accidentally posted his camera roll, which included a d*ck pick and People quickly subbed in Paul Rudd.

  18. HeyKay says:

    Chris Evans is fine. But the true star is Dodger the dog! Look at Dodger, he’s always pretty happy and chill. lol
    Same with Henry Cavil, good looking. But, Kal his Akita is just beautiful.
    Dogs rule!

  19. Katie Beanstalk says:

    Don’t get me wrong – I’d still do it, but can’t they find someone better looking?

  20. Lens says:

    Has Keanu ever been SMA? That’s my guess each year. I don’t blame him for being a little fed up with being away for work, look at how long and how far The Gray Man took to film and now it’s forgotten. I think he’s GETTING really serious about finding the right person to settle down with. I liked him with Jenny slate but they split and now she’s married to a normie with a baby. That’s telling.

    • lucy2 says:

      No Keanu. I think that’s one most would agree with too.
      But they have had Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt twice each, so blech.

    • Eurydice says:

      Keanu was SMA back in the mid-90’s, I think.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Apparently not. I found something about no one being named for 1994, an editor retroactively bestowing the title on KR (for 1994) in 2015.

  21. Josephine says:

    He looks like the Eastwood kid here and I can’t unsee it. He looks better in his instagram pics. They should have gone with those. He looks photoshopped and not in a good way. Seems like a decent guy and I’m fine with the choice but I agree with some of the above comments that we need more variety, more looks represented.

    • SarahCS says:

      I’m getting strong Hemsworth vibes from the photoshoot but I can see Scott Eastwood too. It chimes with the generic good looking white guy comments up thread.

      I’m also 100% here for more pics of Dodger, that’s who I really want to see.

  22. Carrot says:


  23. Dee says:

    I’ve read that these titles are bought and sold. Does Chris have a new project coming out to promote? I’m happy to look at Chris and his doggo, but remember when Blake Shelton “won” this title? It’s not like there’s a way to vote for SMA.

    • Coco says:

      Someone said above that He has a Christmas movie with The Rock coming out soon as well as a Dog food and dog treat line coming out so yes this is very much PR.

      • Shanaynay says:

        I cannot stand The Rock….. On a different note…. someone mentioned something that couldn’t be unseen. That’s exactly how I feel when I recently saw a picture of The Rock’s daughter, and she’s totally him in a dress.

    • equality says:

      I don’t know who decides whom to ask but the recipient has to agree to doing the gig.

    • WiththeAmerican says:

      Their agents and managers Campaign hard for this every year. So basically.

  24. Colleen says:

    A good choice. Mmm.

  25. Case says:

    The husband and father thing certainly feels like a PR schtick at this point. He’s been saying it for 10 years lol.

    As for the title — I’ve never personally felt attracted to him, but he looks good in the pics. Good for him.

    • notasugarhere says:

      The possible/alleged 18month long current relationship with the 25 year old actress managed to be dodged in this interview. Hasn’t anyone else seen those stories circulating for the last week? Could be complete nonsense or him being really good at hiding something that looks bad for PR. If they are in a relationship, does he expect her to end her career to be the full-time stay-at-home-mom/wife he’s said he wants?

      • milliemollie says:

        I have a hard time believing that someone of his fame could hide a relationship that long without ever being photographed with her. His fans only have a few social media follows and a pumpkin post as “proof”, this is like the third woman they put him in a relationship with because of social media.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It can be done but only if you’re careful. It is possible to be high-profile and keep your private life private. Keanu Reeves (mentioned above) successfully hid his relationship for years. Again, I’m not saying the talk is true. but Evans says in this interview he hides his personal life. ‘Some things you want just for you, or just for my family and my friends.’

      • milliemollie says:

        Do Keanu Reeves’ fans take photos of him inside the supermarket or going Christmas tree shopping? That isn’t snark! I’m not familiar with his fandom, but I’ve seen these kinds of photos of Evans in his hometown taken by his fans.
        I mean Evans knows how crazy his fans are and that they watch every of his moves on Instagram and those by his friends and family, so wouldn’t they try to keep it there private as well and hide any connections to a girlfriend?
        I’ve stopped believing anything that originates from things his fans noticed. Some of them are truly unhinged.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Agree there are plenty of unhinged on social media. KR is constantly tracked on SM even though he doesn’t have SM accounts. Obsessed sets of Russian and Italian fans hack accounts of his friends/family to find his location, post it, pay hotel employees for info on his hotel reservations, all of it. He’s always posing for pics with fans at airports, hotels, on location, wherever people find him. Hiding a relationship wasn’t easy but he did it for years. Ditto Alex Skarsgard and his obsessed fans. Yet he still managed to hide a three year relationship (and new baby) with Tuva Novotny. Evans could be doing the same; he’s basically said in this interview that he does hide his personal life.

  26. Jc says:

    I agree with the above that the best asset is Dodger and why isn’t he in the pix. And remember that People could have picked yet another Chris, Pratt. That would be insufferable.

  27. Julianne says:

    Yeah another 41 year old dude dating a 25 year old, super sexy.

    I think he’s hot and talented, but I feel this title has lost momentum for him.

  28. Nicegirl says:

    I can’t find the one where they put him in the gorgeous cream colored cable knit crew neck sweater.

    Closes her eyes 👀

    *Found it. 😉

    I’m down w this win. 🔥 💕

  29. Digital Unicorn says:

    OK I admit that he’s looks hot as fk in those photos but Dodger Evans was still robbed.

  30. ML says:

    Not my type, but I do find him talented and unlike Gwen Stefani’s husband, I do get that he has sex appeal. It would have made more sense for him to have been bequeathed this title earlier, but Dodger helps.

  31. Aly says:

    Apart from being very good looking, Evans is very charming as well. This title was long overdue for him. Yeah I know he makes some questionable decisions and I’ve dragged him a lot in past lol but I feel like he is a good dude and I wish him well in life.

  32. LIONE says:

    All I can think about is how his mushroom leaked on the internet when he had a one night stand with Lily James.
    He’s THAT guy, sending nudes.

  33. Jean says:

    Handsome guy! Totally deserving although I think this title is a bit tongue in cheek….

  34. J. Ferber says:

    The cover pic and him lying in a lounge chair? Are you f-cking kidding me? He’s the best choice EVER (besides Idris). I mean . . . faints.

  35. Normades says:

    This seems like an over due no brainer but they usually go with pretty safe choices.
    He looks hawt but I want I really want is more of that doggo!

  36. The Recluse says:

    Knowing how much fun Colbert had with Paul Rudd being the Sexiest Man Alive, I am really hoping he does a goofy skit with Rudd and Evans in which Rudd hands over the Sexiest banner and the bouquet of roses. I want some comedy around this again!
    And I will be buying a copy – to go with my Paul Rudd edition.

  37. jferber says:

    So funny! I looked up Dodger Evans thinking he was another hot dude, but he’s Chris’ dog! Brilliant. And yes, I think a Hollywood actor could easily be called Dodger Evans and I’d expect him to be hot.

  38. Casey says:

    He’s my fav Chris! And Dodger is love 😅❤️

  39. DouchesOfCambridge says:

    I love looking at CE, but sexiest man alive title is cringe. A photoshoot to prove how sexy he is must be so uncomfortable lol