There are actors who are obvious hotties: Jon Hamm, George Clooney, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba. You know the type. And then there are actors who are totally underrated when it comes to hotness. Those are the people you will find on this list of secretly hot actors.
But on the other hand, their hotness isn’t really a secret. All you have to do is look at these men and woman to see that they’re sexy. Maybe you never noticed how hot these girls and guys were before. But now you definitely will.
You may try to fight it at first. But don’t. These people are beautiful. And it’s time for us to recognize that.
We’re gonna kick this list off with Steve Carell, the subject of the internet’s newly-found lust. After pictures of the actor at the Despicable Me 3 premiere surfaced on the internet, Twitter exploded with thirst. A lot of the commenters wrote about how Steve Carell was suddenly hot. But here’s the thing. He’s always been hot. And so have these other 14 ladies and gents.
So without further ado, let’s stare at these 15 Actors Who Are Secretly Hot.
15. Steve Carell
In June, the Internet dubbed Steve Carell a silver fox. Many tweeted about their thirst for him He looked super fine at the Despicable Me 3 movie premiere, sporting silver hair, shades, and a sexy outfit. When Entertainment Tonight caught up with him at the premiere and asked how he felt about this newfound attention, he gushed “I’m busting with pride.”
But here’s the thing: he’s always been hot, even before his silver foxdom. His Office character Michael Scott was incredibly cringeworthy and awkward. His hairstyle was terrible. But in real life, he’s always been cute.
Let us not forget that he’s played a romantic hero multiple times. He was hot enough to hold his own against Keira Knightley in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and Anne Hathaway in Get Smart. Case closed.
14. America Ferrera
There was always one little thing that didn’t work about America Ferrera playing Betty on Ugly Betty: she was way too hot to be playing a character who was deemed ugly. But her performance was incredible, so we can’t be mad.
Now she’s part of one of the cutest will-they-won’t-they couples on TV right now as Amy on Superstore, along with Ben Feldman’s Jonah. Superstore viewers were immediately drawn in by their incredible chemistry. And now fans are in it for the long game, watching every romantic moment they have together with bated breath. And if they finally get together, which we sincerely hope they will, fans will be rewatching that clip on YouTube approximately seven million times.
13. Kumail Nanjiani
Kumail Nanjiani was very surprised when he was named Salon’s sexiest man of 2013. When Howard Stern asked him how he felt about it in an interview, he said, “I don’t know, I felt confused.” His own wife, Emily V. Gordon, couldn’t even believe it was true. “She didn’t buy it, she thought I was lying,” said Nanjiani. Oof. But here’s the thing: everyone but Nanjiani can see that he’s is sexy.
His Silicon Valley character Dinesh is a nerd with an awkward hairstyle, but he still looks good. And his character’s costume and hairstyle mask how fine he is in real life. Need proof? In season 4 episode 2, “Terms of Service,” Dinesh briefly becomes CEO of Pied Piper and he is transformed into a total babe. His hair is tousled, he dresses well, and he carries himself with a new confidence that is very sexy. IRL, Nanjiani looks like that all the time.
Recently he blessed the world with the romcom The Big Sick, in which he plays a charming romantic hero. It’s impossible not to have a crush on him now.
12. Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling is drop-dead gorgeous. She has a stunning curvy figure. Plus, she’s a style icon. The Mindy Project is famous for the beautiful dresses that Mindy wears. And she’s funny as hell, too. The Mindy Project is guaranteed to make you snort with laughter. What are we even going to do with our lives after the last season?
Have you seen the first look photos for A Wrinkle in Time? Kaling looks like a sci-fi babe. Put Mindy Kaling in every sci-fi movie. It’s no surprise that she’s part of the incredibly cast of the all-female Ocean’s Eight.
In real life, she has an on-again-off-again relationship with the cute B.J. Novak. And honestly, the world is fascinated by it, which is the reason the two are co-authoring a non-fiction book about their relationship.
11. Rooney Mara
Don’t let her role as Lisbeth Salander fool you: Rooney Mara is super crushworthy. She has that cute hipster look going on. She is one of the few who can pull off the short bangs look. Her cheekbones could cut glass. She always dresses incredibly chic. She’s classy. She’s like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn.
When you see Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and watch her and Casey Affleck together, you will not be able to keep it together. She and Cate Blanchett make a majorly hot couple in Carol. In Lion, she played Lucy, the girlfriend of Dev Patel (this movie also marked the debut of Dev Patel’s sexy long hair) and romanced Ryan Gosling in Song to Song.
10. Andy Samberg
Andy Samberg has that “genuinely nice guy” going on. He’s at peak hot in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. His shorter hair. His cool but casual clothes. His badge. It’s almost too much to handle. And the sexual tension between he and his partner-in-crime and will-they-won’t-they love interest Amy (Melissa Fumero) is so thick you could cut it with a knife
His Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping character was a parody of Justin Bieber, the object of every teen’s affection. And Samberg pulled it off, obviously, because he’s a stone cold fox.
Watch him play opposite Rashida Jones in the indie romcom Celeste & Jesse Forever and you will practically faint. It’s not an accident that he frequently gets cast as hot sport dudes (Seven Days in Hell and Tour de Pharmacy). And he’s musically talented too (listen to The Lonely Island)!
9. Ben Stiller
Don’t let all the Blue Steel looks he does in Zoolander fool you: Ben Stiller is hot. All you need to do is Google “Ben Stiller Reality Bites” to see what we mean. In the movie, he played cutie Michael Grates, who woos Lelaina Piece (Winona Ryder). He also directed. And he wrote on both Zoolander and Tropic Thunder. Is there anything this man can’t do? No.
But let’s go back to Tropic Thunder. He’s jacked in that movie. Look at his biceps. He spends most of the film in camo gear with his vest unzipped to reveal his chest.
8. Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny is a American model/actress. She radiates cool. At age 19, she was called an “it-girl” and one of the “coolest girls in the world” by The New Yorker. She is simply stunning. Even when she was playing one of the three wives of a polygamist on Big Love and had to dressed all Mormon and modest, it was still clear that she was beautiful.
She’s worked with Lars von Trier, Ryan Murphy, and Whit Stillman, all known for casting people who are out-of-this-world hot. She played Danny’s calculating, power dressing ex-wife Christina on The Mindy Project. And when your ex-wife looks like that, it always spells bad news for your and your current significant other.
7. Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen is very handsome. His cute face, his beautiful hair, his Welsh accent. He’s irresistible. If you just know him as red-eyed creep Aro in the Twilight movies, you might be hesitant to believe me. Watch him on Masters of Sex. That show is all about sex, people. And how hot Michael Sheen is.
He played a sex doctor who did sex experiments on people also also married his sex experiment partner. He also played hot 19th century gentleman William Boldwood in the period piece Far from the Madding Crowd. Fact: every man in a period drama is attractive. Sheen plays one of Liz Lemon’s boyfriends on 30 Rock, a role reserved only for certifiable hotties. And he also wooed Sarah Silverman in real life: the two are an item.
6. Lea Michele
There are a bunch of jokes on Glee about Rachel not being pretty and having a nose that’s too big. But first of all, Lea Michele is a beauty, and second of all, Barbra Streisand has a big nose too and she’s an icon. Lea Michele is a Barbra Streisand-type for the new generation. Her voice is one of a kind, and she can make any song her own. She’s an absolute star.
Michele has addressed her feelings about her nose and how they tie into Streisand. “When I was 15, my mother and I went to meet a manager who said, ‘You have to get a nose job in order for me to work with you,’” she told Allure. “My mother would say to me, ‘Barbra Streisand never got a nose job. You’re not getting a nose job.’ And this was before I really even knew who Barbra was. I just knew that she was, like, the messiah for girls like me.” We’ll bet that agent feels pretty dumb right now.
Zendaya may have been a Disney Channel star when she was younger, acting in K.C. Undercover and Shake It Up!, but now, she’s hot af.
She hasn’t had that many major onscreen roles as an adult, so people probably haven’t realized how beautiful she is. Her look in Spider-Man: Homecoming is anti-glam— the messy hair falling in her face, the baggy, black clothes. Michelle is a smart, loner type. But she’s cute, and so is her character.
Not to mention fans are shipping her and Peter Parker hard. She’s in the Marvel Universe now, and that means lots of screen time as the beautiful object of a superhero’s affections. And she and Zac Efron are going to be a circus couple in The Greatest Showman, which seems extremely promising.
4. Matthew Gray Gubler
All you have to do is watch Criminal Minds to know how hot Matthew Gray Gubler is. On the show, he plays cute nerd and medical professional Dr. Spencer Reid.
In real life, he’s a loveable goofball. He’s obsessed with Halloween and makes every costume himself.
His Twitter and Instragram are so weird and endearing. He’s one of the funniest actors on Twitter. If tweets “i want to be buried in an “old guys rule” t-shirt”,don’t make you laugh, we’re not sure what will. He poses in all kinds of strange locales and makes funny faces.
Gubler has an amazing and eccentric fashion sense. As a former fashion model, he can pull off anything: Hawaiian shirts, ugly sweaters, bright purple, and literally every article of clothing in existence. And he draws!
3. Tina Fey
Tina Fey is self-deprecating about her appearance, both in real life and on 30 Rock. But she’s so wrong. She’s gorgeous. Her hair is enviable. She looks amazing in a glamorous dress on the red carpet. The fact that she has a massive group of passionate fans speaks for itself.
One of the major jokes about Liz Lemon on 30 Rock is that her love life sucks, but it’s hard to really buy that when she looks that beautiful. And let’s not forget that the actors who have played her boyfriends are total hunks. Jon Hamm. Matt Damon. And her eventual husband, James Marsen! And let’s not forget that Liz sleeps with James Franco. Not a character played by James Franco. The actual James Franco. She’s not doing too bad for herself.
2. Zach Woods
Zach Woods is best known as Silicon Valley‘s Jared; a character who’s a soft-spoken, emotional, awkward pushover. Silicon Valley makes jokes about Jared’s appearance all the time. Quotes like “Sorry if I scared you, I know I have somewhat ghost-like features. My uncle used to say, ‘You look like someone starved a virgin to death.‘” and “Last week he referred to me as a ‘Frankenstein’s bulimic daughter’” refer to Zach Woods’ pale skin and unusual features. But here’s the thing: despite those things, or more likely because of them, Zach Woods is hot.
Jared starts to assert himself in season four, and it only makes him more attractive. A male character who’s in touch with his emotions is always swoon-worthy. He clearly loves Richard so much, to the point where it’s homoerotic. Also, Woods is very charming in real life.
1. Jason Sudeikis
On 30 Rock, Jason Sudeikis plays Liz Lemon’s boyfriend Floyd, who’s utterly perfect except for the fact that he wants to move to Cleveland.
He was unbelievably hot opposite Alison Brie in the genuinely moving indie Sleeping With Other People. He plays a womanizer and Brie plays a serial cheater. The two become friends and vow to play a sponsor-like role for each other. But they slowly realize that they’re falling for each other, and theirs is one of the best will-they-won’t-they relationships in recent movie history. Within the first ten minutes, you think to yourself, “Oh my god, Jason Sudeikis is hot.”
In recent years, Sudeikis has played a romantic comedy leading man in Tumbledown opposite Rebecca Hall and a hot dad oppositive Jennifer Aniston in We’re the Millers. He was hot enough to star in Mother’s Day, a part of the Garry Marshall holiday centric movie genre. Those movies are reserved for a tier occupied by only Julia Roberts-level of good-looking actors.
Who can forget the time that his wife Olivia Wilde said that they “have sex like Kenyan marathon runners”? Yep, sounds about right.
Are there any actors who’ve surprise you with their hotness? Sound off in the comments!
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