Jordan is the third successive Black man to get the title.
It's official, Michael B. Jordan has been named PEOPLE magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' for 2020. Something to cheer about in a year where things have gone horribly wrong. While 33-year-old Jordan has been in showbiz for a while, he is most noted for playing the anti-hero Erik Killmonger in the blockbuster superhero movie, Black Panther, back in 2018. Before this role brought him worldwide attention, he was known for playing Adonis Creed in the film Creed, the boxing-themed movie which is a spin-off of the Rocky movies. His role of Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station also brought him critical acclaim. Jordan is also known for his work in trying to bring in more diversity in Hollywood productions through his company, Outlier Society Productions.
He also has taken an active part in the Black Lives Matter movement. Speaking to the publication about the title, Jordan said, "It's a cool feeling. You know, everybody always made that joke, like, ‘Mike, this is the one thing you’re probably not going to get.' But it’s a good club to be a part of." Jordon is the third successive Black man to bag the title. Singer, John Legend, and British actor Idris Elba bagged the title in 2019 and 2018 respectively. Jordan said the women in his family are definitely going to relish this title and said they "are definitely proud of this one." He said, "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 added, "I think there’s a time and a place for everything. 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." Jordon spoke about his family—his parents Donna and Michael A, sister Jamila, and brother Khalid—who provided him with the perfect grounding to achieve success. He said, "My mom and dad sacrificed so much to provide for my sister, brother and me. 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."
Asked about how he lives his life so full of potential and confidence, the actor said it was because of the realization that one "can’t make everybody happy" while putting his trust in the universe. Jordan added, "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 said further, "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." When he's not acting and promoting the cause of minorities in the film industry Jordan said he liked to cook, play video games and drive cars. While the pandemic has slowed things down so far as shooting and movie productions are concerned, Jordan is excited to star in Tom Clancy's Without Remorse. He will portray a Navy SEAL-turned-CIA operative in the movie.
Asked about the future, he spelled out his plans "to be maybe directing a little more, acting less, producing a lot more" and that he was all about "just growing, whatever the next evolution of me is." He also does not rule out starting a family soon. "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," he said.