Let's face it: there is something innately programmed in women to find new dads sexy as hell. So it's no wonder People magazine tapped into that primal attraction and appointed a celebrity who happens to be a father.
And this year it's a source of national pride to find that a Canadian has bagged the most trite title. Ryan - no not Gosling (though he was clearly a contender too) - but the other one, who is in the spotlight a lot right now with his superhero spoof, Deadpool.
Yes, Reynolds, who hails from Vancouver, B.C., has officially been crowned 2016's “Sexiest Dad Alive.” And I love how he took the news in his stride, with this reaction on Fallon: “I mean scientifically speaking, what's sexier than a man that fornicates, produces children, and then looks surprised about it.”
Notwithstanding the fact that People's lists of "beautiful and sexy people" are so 1990s (and you can only imagine the backlash if People produced a "Sexiest Mom Alive" issue), there is definitely something to the notion that men become sexier when they become fathers for the first time. Studies have backed up the theory.
The 39 year-old actor, who has a one year-old daughter with Blake Lively, often jokes about parenthood in his Twitter feed. But he also isn't afraid to openly gush about what his new role means to him - a trait that is arguably more attractive than all the stubble and sculpted physiques in the world. So much for "dad bod"...
“I never admitted it out loud, to myself or my wife, but I really wanted a little girl,” he said. “I don’t have to prepare to be wrapped around my daughter’s finger. I have been wrapped around her little finger since the day she plopped out into this world.”
Having a daughter, to Reynolds who grew up in a family of boys, was “a dream come true.”