Dylan McDermott, 50
AMERICAN HORROR STORY‘S DEVILISH HUSBAND
The actor’s latest TV role as a cheating spouse trying to win back his wife provided major motivation to get into shape. “I knew there’d be a lot of nudity, and nothing’s more embarrassing than having a naked body that doesn’t look good on camera,” he says. But he’s taking his sex-symbol status in stride. “As you get older, you realize that what you look like is not who you are. That’s a hard lesson to learn in Hollywood.”
Darren Criss, 24
GLEE‘S STUNNING WARBLER
Even as a kid, Criss won hearts with his musical talent. “In eighth grade I wrote a song for a girl I had a huge crush on,” he says. “I got a hug out if it, which was a big deal then.” Now he’s added manners to his charming ways. “I’m a big believer in opening doors for people. And the power of a smile goes a long way. My mom taught me that.”
Idris Elba, 39
THOR‘S IRRESISTIBLE WARRIOR
The British actor knows his best asset in the romance department. “Women love when I smile,” he says. “They’re always saying, ‘You should smile more,’ so if I’m trying to get the attention of a certain young lady, I’ll turn on the smile.”
Patrick Wilson, 38
A GIFTED MAN‘S DREAMY SURGEON
The TV star thinks he may have already reached the peak of his manliness: “My wedding day was the sexiest day of my life,” says Wilson, who’s been married for six years to actress Dagmara Dominczyk. “It was awesome. I felt confident, strong, and I had a nice suit.”
Chris Evans, 30
CAPTAIN AMERICA‘S COOL HERO
How does Evans feel about pumping up his impressive physique? “Going to the gym and picking up heavy stuff and putting it back down-that’s miserable and boring,” he says. “I’m always playing some sport with my buddies, but I’m taking a break from working out.”
Jason Derulo, 22
POP MUSIC’S SMOOTH OPERATOR
The singer finds a way to make working long hours at a recording studio seductive. “I like there to be dim lighting and scented candles,” he says. “Plus a few drinks. It’s an evening thing that goes into morning.” As for his dream date? “Breakfast on the beach as the sun comes up.”
J.R. Martinez, 28
DANCING WITH THE STARS‘S HEARTTHROB
“Dancing has allowed me to tap into this energy I have,” says the Iraq war veteran. “I have sexy moves and actions that catch people’s eyes. And my partner Karina makes sure my butt is featured in every routine.”
Josh Charles, 40
THE GOOD WIFE‘S LUSTY LAWYER
Charles’s chivalry is what first caught the eye of his current girlfriend. “She said I was a gentleman because I was concerned that someone might spill a drink on her white dress.”
Jim Caviezel, 43
PERSON OF INTEREST‘S MYSTERY MAN
“There’s nothing sexier than a husband who treats his wife like a princess,” he says.
Damon Wayans, Jr., 29
HAPPY ENDINGS‘S JOKESTER
“I have a really nice butt. It’s probably Top 10 in the world,” he says. “The ladies love it.”
RANDOM ACTS OF SEXINESS!
A GUIDE TO THE ACTOR’S MANY MEMORABLE LOOKS OF 2011
THE DOG LOVER
Carrying his pooch George up the airport escalator in L.A.
THE HIPSTER DUDE
Strumming a baglamas while walking around N.Y.C. in May.
THE TOUGH GUY
Filming Gangster Squad and breaking up an N.Y.C. street fight in August.
THE MAMA’S BOY
With his mother, Donna, at the Toronto premiere of The Ides of March in September.
THE FASHION PLATE
Wearing a made-to-measure Gucci suit at the Beverly Hills Ides of March premiere.
THE SNUGGLE BUNNY
Getting close to Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn at Cannes.
THE COOL KID
Doing his modern-day James Dean impression before a Late Show appearance.