Michael B. Jordan arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 4, 2018. File/AP
Actor Michael B. Jordan has been crowned as 2020's Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine on Tuesday, the third Black actor in a row to be given the annual pop culture honor.
Jordan, known for his critically-acclaimed performances in "Fruitvale Station,” "Creed” and "Black Panther,” was revealed as this year’s winner Tuesday night on ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
The actor tells the magazine in an issue out Friday that the honor is a "cool feeling.”
"You know, everybody always made that joke, like, ‘Mike, this is the one thing you’re probably not going to get,’” he said. "But it’s a good club to be a part of.”
Jordan began his career as a child actor in TV shows like “All My Children” and rose steadily though Hollywood until a breakout performance in the 2013 social justice drama “Fruitvale Station.” In 2015 he starred in the “Rocky” boxing sequel “Creed” and three years later took on villain Erik Killmonger opposite the late Chadwick Boseman in “Black Panther.”
The actor has been vocal in calling for greater diversity in Hollywood. His production company in 2018 was the first to publicly adopt inclusion riders, which stipulate that a film employs a diverse cast and crew.
Jordan has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement and vocal about early voting registration for this year’s election.
"I think there’s a time and a place for everything,” he said. "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 said the women in his family are proud of his People magazine title.
“When my grandmother was alive, it was something that she collected, and then my mom naturally reads it a lot and my aunts as well. This is one that they’re definitely going to have a special place for,” he told the magazine.
Jordan appears on the cover of the People magazine double issue appearing on newsstands on Friday.
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