19 Reasons to Love Michael B. Jordan, PEOPLE's 2020 Sexiest Man Alive
He loves his mom, anime, and snacks of all kinds - and those are just a few of the reasons we love him
He's a Mama's Boy
Jordan is so close with his parents, he lived with them until recently - which he joked had its pros (home-cooked meals) and cons (awkward naked run-ins).
Even after moving out, he took his mom Donna as his plus-one to the Oscars in 2019. "My mama about to make me have to fight somebody she looking so pretty. ❤️❤️❤️ #Oscars2019 #PopsIGotYou #DateNight," he sweetly captioned a photo of the duo glammed up on Instagram. Jordan isn't shy about his love for his mom, often posting about his love and appreciation for her on social media.
And He's a Big Supporter of All the Women in His Life
Need a pick-me-up? Jordan's description of women should do the trick. "Strength, Grace, Humility, Intelligent, Majestic are just a few of the words I would use to describe the women in my life and others I’ve encountered throughout my years," Jordan captioned a photo tribute to his mom and sister Jamila on Instagram. "Much Love, Respect and Support to ALL women around the world 🌎#InternationalWomensDay."
He also puts his money where his mouth is, being one of the first stars to commit to an inclusion rider, which mandates a certain amount of gender and racial diversity on film sets.
He Shows Love to His Fans
Jordan knows how to treat his fans, whether it's offering to buy them a new retainer (just trust us, you need to read that story) or surprising them in person. After super-fan Audeva Agyeman took a life-size cutout of him to prom as her date in 2018, he surprised her by inviting her to the set of Creed 2 and sneaking up behind her.
He Knows How to Accessorize
He looks drop-dead gorgeous in a scarf. What, is that not reason enough?
He Values Democracy
He Likes to Try New Things
If this extremely earnest video of his first time fishing isn't enough to make you fall for him, I don't know what is.
He Holds Up His End of a Bet — No Matter What
While we loved the faux flirtation between MBJ and Black Panther costar Lupita Nyong'o, nothing compared to when she made him drop and give her, uh, one, in the middle of the Calvin Klein show during New York Fashion Week after he lost a bet to her. (And no, the terms of that bet were never revealed - Jordan told Jimmy Fallon, "[I] can't talk about that specific bet that I lost, because it's too embarrassing.")
He Loves Anime
The actor hilariously revealed his guilty pleasure is "anime" — before hastily changing it to "women" during a 2014 Popsugar interview with That Awkward Moment costars Zac Efron and Miles Teller. He often discusses his obsession with Japanese animation on Twitter, occasionally in defense of the depth of his appreciation: when a fan called him out for dropping mainstream anime references, he replied, "that was a softball for the anime uneducated" along with a nerd-face emoji.
He's Obsessed with Snacks
And we're obsessed with him! Jordan waxes poetic about his love of snacks in a delightful video on Instagram titled "Snacks Are My Love Language," where we see him trying to sneak candy into his 2019 Met Gala look, hear the sweet incantation of his lunch order and more.
Let the Snack Have His Snacks, Okay?
A notable snack preference that deserves its own slide: MBJ's love of honey on pizza. That sweet and savory combo — call it a hot take, call it delicious, call me maybe, MBJ?
He's Basically the Prom King of Hollywood
He Supports His Community
The Newark, New Jersey native is big on giving back, particularly to the community where he grew up. "Man nothing makes me happier than giving back whether it be my time, talent, or treasure," he said on Instagram in January 2019, sharing photos from a visit to a high school in his hometown where he partnered with The Future Project and Coach to help inspire the students. "These kids are some of the most talented & brightest and that keeps me enthused about the future. Keep Dreaming," he wrote.
His Bond with Chadwick Boseman
Jordan has paid tribute to his late friend and Black Panther costar Chadwick Boseman several times on social media, including with this throwback interview. In the clip from the dynamic duo's 2018 appearance on Kerrang! Radio, the pair are challenged by host Sophie K. to play The Compliments Game (you compliment each other with a straight face, and the first person to laugh loses). In the end, neither of them are able to contain their giggles as the other tries to say something kind.
He Builds Activism Into Everything
The star is a vocal supporter of many important causes, from Black Lives Matter to World Central Kitchen, and through his Outlier Society Fellowship, partners with corporations to help provide services to underserved communities (check out his LyftUp partnership, which offers free rides to job interviews and other employment-related opportunities to people of color).
He Plays Games (Just Not with Our Hearts)
We stan an intellectual king - and also appreciate an honest one: He says his dad trounced him in this game.
The Man Looks Good in a Suit
And he rarely bores us in a basic black tux. (No wonder Coach signed him on as a spokesperson.)
He'll Go to Any Lengths for a Role
He Did Wonders for Sherpa Jean Jackets
We saw Erik Killmonger wearing a sherpa jean jacket, so we made our boyfriends buy sherpa jean jackets.
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