Seven years after People Magazine listed Michael B. Jordan in their first annual “Ones To Watch” portfolio, he’s awarded the accolade “Sexiest Man Alive.”
“It’s a good club to be a part of," says the 33-year-old (and single!) actor. He joins the ranks of John Legend, Idris Elba, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Hemsworth, and Matthew McConaughey.
Jordan added that the women in his family "are definitely proud of this one." His grandmother collected People, and his mom and aunts read it, so “This is one [issue] that they’re definitely going to have a special place for."
And Jordan’s family definitely has a special place in his heart. Jordan attributes his maturity and stability to his parents, Donna and Michael A., as well as his brother, Khalid, and his sister, Jamila.
"My mom and dad sacrificed so much to provide for my sister, brother, and me," Jordan says. "I'm just grateful. Honestly, it’s like they all have had such an impact on me and who I am and how I approach each day. Without that, a lot of things about me just wouldn’t be the same. So it all comes back to that foundation. I’m really thankful for that."
Jordan also attributes his confidence to “fully realizing that you can’t make everybody happy."
"You could have all the good intentions in the world, and you’ll still get controversy or some type of negativity thrown your way," he says. "Sometimes you’ve just got to trust the universe, you know? You’ve got to just believe in yourself and do what you feel is really right. I think that adds up."
Jordan acts on what he believes is right; he has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement and the election this year. Additionally, his production company, Outlier Society Productions, was the first to adopt an inclusion rider, mandating filmmakers hire a diverse cast and crew.
"I think there’s a time and a place for everything," Jordan says. "I’ve been picking my moments to make the most impact. We can all take action — big or small — to help create the change we want to see."
Jordan is also making plans for the future — both personal and professional. In 10 years, he hopes "to be maybe directing a little more, acting less, producing a lot more."
“Just growing, whatever the next evolution of me is," he says. "Hopefully a family by then, I’m going to throw that in the universe. I want to make an impact all over the world and not just through the roles that I play."
You can see Michael B. Jordan on-screen next as a CIA operative in Tom Clancy's Without Remorse, currently scheduled to hit theaters in Feb. 2021.