“Sexiest man, take out the garbage”: Ryan Reynolds Felt His Career’s Major Milestone Had Little to No Impact on His Ex-wife Scarlett Johansson

Ryan Reynolds was named the 'Sexiest Man Alive' by People magazine in 2010

"Sexiest man, take out the garbage": Ryan Reynolds Felt His Career's Major Milestone Had Little to No Impact on His Ex-wife Scarlett Johansson


  • Reynolds jokingly stated that the title didn't matter much to Johansson, speculating that she would use it to make him take out the trash.
  • Just a month after receiving the title, Reynolds and Johansson announced their separation.
  • Reynolds became the first Canadian to receive the 'Sexiest Man Alive' title and humorously commented on including the title in conversations with strangers.
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Ryan Reynolds received the coveted ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ title from People magazine in 2010. He received the title the same week as his ex-wife, Scarlett Johansson, received the ‘Babe of the Year’ title from GQ magazine. Reynolds also starred in a stylish cover shoot for People. At the time, the Free Guy actor humorously remarked that his achievement didn’t seem to matter much to Johansson.

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Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern
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He mentioned that his then-wife would probably use the title at home to tell him to empty the garbage can. Interestingly, a month after being bestowed with the title, Reynolds and Johansson publicly announced their separation.


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Ryan Reynolds’ Title Had No Impact On Scarlett Johansson

Ryan Reynolds was People's Sexiest Man Alive in 2010
Ryan Reynolds was People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2010

Ryan Reynolds followed in the footsteps of Hollywood greats like Sean Connery, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon as he was titled the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’. He proudly became the first Canadian to receive the title. Reynolds jokingly shared with People that the title was going to make way for his family, especially Scarlett Johansson, his then-wife, to tease him for the rest of his life.


The Deadpool actor is known for his self-deprecating humor and he didn’t shy away from making jokes about receiving the title. While Reynolds planned out different ways to include the title in conversations with strangers, he quipped that his wife would only address him as ‘Sexiest Man’ before asking him to take out the trash. Reynolds told People (via NY Post):

“The most difficult part is going to be organically working this title into a conversation with random strangers. This gives my family entrée into teasing me for the rest of my life. […] Now it’s going to be, ‘Sexiest man, take out the garbage.’ That does sound better.”

Despite the jokes, the chiseled 6 ft 2 in Reynolds was undoubtedly worthy of the title. At that time, Reynolds was also in the midst of unnecessary media attention due to rumored issues in his relationship with the Lost in Translation actress. In an interview with GQ in October, the Green Lantern actor commented that he was not interested in turning his relationship into a soap opera.


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Ryan Reynolds And Scarlett Johansson Split One Month After The Title

Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds in SNL
Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds in SNL

Rumors of troubles in their relationship started circulating in March 2010. Both Reynolds and Johansson publicly denied such rumors and urged the media to stop speculating about their private life. Reynolds was crowned Sexiest Man in November 2010, and in December, the couple formally announced their divorce. The Adam Project actor shared in his official statement (via NY Post):


“After long and careful consideration on both our parts, we’ve decided to end our marriage. We entered our relationship with love and it’s with love and kindness we leave it. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”

The exact reason for the split remains unknown, however, the Marriage Story actress has hinted that things did not work out between them because of their careers. Johansson went on to marry two more times and is currently happily married to SNL Weekend Update host Colin Jost. Meanwhile, Reynolds shares a loving marriage with Blake Lively, and they are very active on social media.

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