'Sweet, smoldering superstar' Idris Elba is People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2018
The British actor, who many are clamoring to take on the role of James Bond, said his "mom would be very very proud" over the accolade
Idris Elba has been announced as 2018's Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. Dethroning Blake Shelton from last year, the 46-year-old British actor had his first breakthrough role in America in HBO's hit series 'The Wire', where he starred as drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell, and is considered by many to be in the reckoning as the next James Bond.
Featuring in People's cover story for this week, the actor told the magazine that his initial reaction on hearing the news was sheer surprise, "I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?'" He then went on to add, “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.”
The big reveal of this year's selection was done on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon', where Elba appeared on the show via satellite from London. Considering the magazine's cover description of the star was 'sweet, smoldering superstar,' Fallon made the actor recreate poses that matched this description. Elba added, "My mom is going to be very, very proud."
Elba is officially People's 33rd sexiest man alive, he has now joined the ranks of past winners including Mel Gibson, Adam Levine and many other famous Hollywood celebrities. Standing at over 6 feet tall with a huge fan following, the actor admits that he was rather awkward growing up, "I was very tall and skinny, And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, okay? I got picked on a little bit. But as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block."
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The actor also spoke to People about his childhood, and being the only child of African immigrant parents. He grew up in East London with very strict parents who kept him in line.
Acting isn't Elba's only passion. He has a side career as a DJ under the name DJ Big Driis, along with his own clothing line and passion for kickboxing. He is currently planning his wedding to fiancée Sabrina Dhowre, whom he proposed to in February. The actor has two children from past relationships — 16-year-old daughter Isan and Winston, his 4-year-old son.
Some of Elba's most famous film roles include starring as Nelson Mandela in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Heimdall in the 'Thor' franchise and the 'Avengers' series. Most recently, he is shooting the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw with Dwayne Johnson, who is also a former holder of the 'Sexiest Man Alive' title.
The star's personal philosophy focuses on living a life with as little regrets as possible, “Life isn’t about thinking about what you should have done,” he says. "I think everyone should adopt the philosophy that tomorrow is not promised so just go for it today, man. You might as well do it to your heart’s content.”