Every year, People magazine designates its “Sexiest Man Alive.”And every few years, we agree with them; the last time being in 2016, when the magazine rightly honored Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
This year, we’re saying a collective “yasssss!” at the sight of perpetual thirst trap Idris Elba flashing his incredible grin from the coveted annual cover for 2018, after many years in the top 100 (including a #2 spot in 2013).
In fact, it’s an honor many would say is long overdue for the multi-talented Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award winner—especially those who’ve been following Idris since his breakout role as Stringer Bell on The Wire. Since that time, his swoon-worthiness has only increased, along with his prestige. Matter of fact, do you know that he’s an Officer of the Order of the British Empire? That officially makes him a “Sir”—to which we say, “Yes, Sir.”
Of winning the title this year, Idris was adorably real with People about his initial reaction: “I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’ Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.’ But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.”
Frankly, it’s an ego boost for us, too—if only to validate our excellent taste. So, how did it (finally) happen? Let People’s editorial team tell you below, as Idris gets revealing about his celebrity crush (Serena Williams, who he says is “pretty hot—and badass”); the last person who (enviably) saw him naked, fiancée Sabrina Dhowre; what inspired his impromptu proposal; how fatherhood factors into his high-profile life; and how he grew from an awkward kid into his well-muscled physique—which he now credits to his kickboxing regimen.
And while all that is great, after seeing a tease of his photo spread, we’re pretty sure we won’t be doing much reading of the article when the issue hits stands on Friday, November 9.
But first, the midterms—which Idris agrees is even more important than drooling over him. Frankly, we’re considering his honor a good omen, because if People can get this right, maybe people can get it right at polls, too.