The scruffy and handsome Hugh Jackman was chosen as People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2008, perfectly lined up with the premiere of his epic Australia with Nicole Kidman. Nicole is one woman who isn't surprised by the choice, saying: "Women's jaws drop when Hugh walks into a room." Hugh talked to People about earning the title:
- On his wife's response: "God bless her, she said, 'I could've told them that years ago!' And then she said, 'Obviously, Brad wasn't available this year.' And I said, 'That was a joke, right?'"
- On his first girlfriend: "Martine Craswell, in kindergarten. My dad said, 'Oh, I always knew you were romantic because you were running in a race and Martine fell over and you stopped and went back and picked her up.' Chivalry was there."
- On keeping the passion alive: "It's easy with my wife. She loves the idea of me coming home in costume because it makes her feel like she's having an affair in a good way. When we met, I was cast as a prisoner with tattoos and she'd say, 'Don't take your tattoos off tonight!' and I'd be like, 'All right!' But what works best with her is the stockbroker look. She also says, 'Do your sexy dance for me,' [an '80s-like, hip-swiveling number] and that works for me."
The hot Aussie has come a long way from being teased as a kid and admits that ladies love his pecs these days while showing off a very romantic side. We were a bit surprised by the choice, but what do you think of Hugh as Sexiest Man Alive? Check out the full list of winners including Jon Hamm, eligible bachelor Robert Buckley, Joshua Jackson, David Beckham, Robert Pattinson, and more.