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Published: Wednesday April 22, 2015 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 22, 2015 MYT 1:41:02 PM

Bye bye, Adam Levine: Chris Hemsworth is the new ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

One of the things I love on TV is the very funny and entertaining Ellen. Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the talk show is a burst of sunshine, especially after a long dreary day in the office. (That doesn’t mean I don’t love my job. I do. Honestly.)

The comedienne takes great interest in her audience and guests and is always up for a good time. Best of all, she doesn’t take herself seriously and is willing to do anything – I mean, anything – to get a chuckle. (My dream is to one day attend an Ellen taping, specifically one of her 12 Days Of Christmas episodes, in which she gives out loads of stuff.)

Anyway, a recent episode featured Chris Hemsworth, who everyone now knows as Thor in The Avengers movies. The 31-year-old Aussie is also People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” of 2014.

Throughout his interview, Hemsworth was charming, laid-back and self-deprecating. Who needs a mystic hammer when you’re armed with a sense of humour? That’s possibly the sexiest weapon anyone can possess.

Hemsworth, who’s married to Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, also spoke fondly of his three kids. A hunky superstar who’s also a devoted dad? Feel free to swoon.

Chris Hemsworth on the cover of People magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ issue last year.
Hemsworth on the cover of People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ issue last year.

Thor certainly deserved his “Sexiest” accolade, but it got me thinking – who were the past winners of the title?People’s annual “Sexiest Man Alive” is billed as a benchmark of male attractiveness and typically includes celebrities and famous people. Its other popular special issues include “World’s Most Beautiful” and “Best & Worst Dressed”.

The “Sexiest” title apparently originated from a discussion on a planned story on Mel Gibson in 1985. A female editor exclaimed, “Oh my God, he is the sexiest man alive!” And someone suggested, “You should use that as a cover line.”

Hemsworth marks the 28th “Sexiest” announcement, taking the title from last year’s champ, Adam Levine. Some of the previous winners are still widely considered the biggest heartthrobs around – George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and Pierce Brosnan.

Others, like Gibson, have seen a fall from grace. We have also bade farewell to Patrick Swayze, 1991’s “Sexiest”. He died in 2009 from pancreatic cancer.

Sean Connery, then 59, was the oldest to win People magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ title in 1989.
Sean Connery, then 59, was the oldest man to win People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ title in 1989.

John F. Kennedy Jr, who won in 1988 when he was 27, died 11 years later in a plane crash. The late son of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis remains the youngest person to have been given the title, while the oldest was Sean Connery, who was 59 when he won in 1989. JFK Jr and Levine are the only non-actors to have won to date.

Pitt (in 1995 and 2000), Clooney (1997 and 2006) and Johnny Depp (2003 and 2009) have won Sexiest Man Alive twice. Meanwhile, Richard Gere won in 1999 but was also the recipient of the special Sexiest Couple Alive edition in 1993, with Cindy Crawford.

Who do you think will be deemed most desirable in 2015? Perhaps Hemsworth’s Avengers co-star Chris Evans? After all, he is Captain America.

■ Like the rest of the world, William is waiting with bated breath for the new Avengers: Age Of Ultron movie. Send feedback to star2@thestar.com.my.

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