“I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house,” 2014’s Sexiest Man Alive, 31, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “I can just say to [wife Elsa Pataky], ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now.’ ” The brooding star made it long ago, though, finding a home on Aussie soaps before moving to the U.S. and striking it big with Thor.
The other big Chris of 2014, Parks and Recreation‘s Pratt, 35, became a household name after displaying his talents – and that hot body – in the summer smash Guardians of the Galaxy. “There’s nobody out there like him,” Guardians director James Gunn tells PEOPLE. “He’s hilarious and masculine with an old-time movie star charisma and a likable vulnerability that is uniquely his own.”
Have you seen the latest Fifty Shades of Grey trailer? Then we really don’t have to say much more. The 32-year-old British model is already steaming up screens and there are still three months to go until his racy film is released.
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“I’m the worst with compliments,” the 28-year-old Maze Runner actor (and PEOPLE One to Watch star) admits. “People will compliment me on my dimples … but medically, dimples are flawed muscles – they’re not supposed to occur! People think it’s beautiful, but it’s nature’s mistake.” (For the record, we see nothing flawed about this face.)
You spoke, and we agreed: Yup, Bomer is smokin’ hot. So what’s the Magic Mike star’s best stripper move? “None,” the 37-year-old admits. Though he plays the role pretty convincingly. “The character, Ken, is one of those people who is comfortable being two inches away from a mirror, which to me is my greatest nightmare.”
Joining Bomer on the big screen – and on our big list – is his Magic Mike XXL costar Strahan, 42, who’ll be revealing quite a bit in the movie. “The [Magic Mike] wardrobe guy called me the other day … and after the conversation, I said, ‘Why did he even bother to call me to talk about wardrobe, ’cause apparently there ain’t nothin’ to be worn!’ ” he cracked on Live with Kelly and Michael.
“I think you’ve made a wild mistake,” the 32-year-old claims about his inclusion in the Sexiest Man Alive issue. “I have three brothers and a sister and so I’ve been continually teased all my life. I’m sure this will merely encourage more. Thank you PEOPLE for giving them more fodder.” Hey, anything we can do to help.
Hot on Felicity. Hot on Scandal. And last month, hot while shirtless in bed holding a puppy. Wait, what? “I remember doing the Charisma photo shoot and as these things go, you talk about the ideas and I was sitting on the bed and they said, ‘Bring in the puppies.’ I was like, ‘What? What’s happening?'” the 42-year-old recalls to PEOPLE. “I turned to my agent and said, ‘If we don’t like it, we won’t use it.’ Guess what? Now there are pictures of me and puppies everywhere.”
“I don’t go through life trying to be sexy; I go through life trying to help others,” the sports broadcaster, 27, tells PEOPLE. “It sort of hits me out of the blue when I find out that anyone finds me attractive. I mean, it’s a great compliment, but I’m just trying to do the right things and live my life in the right way. I want to be noticed for the right reasons.”