The newest People magazine Sexiest Man Alive and star of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Paul Rudd, was on Late Night with Seth Meyers Thursday. The movie star talked about what his life was like before all the magazine covers and movie premieres, back when he was just a struggling actor crashing with a buddy in his not-so-sexy apartment.
“He lived in an apartment complex that was so bad,” Rudd remembered of a classmate named Bo, with whom he is still friends to this day. “He let me stay in his apartment because I didn’t even have, really, the money to get an apartment. And I slept on towels in his kitchen.”
Rudd, whose acting career dates back to the early 90s before really breaking through in 1995’s Clueless, said he was eventually able to afford a place of his own in the same apartment complex as his friend. But it wasn’t as glamorous as it sounds.
“I didn’t really have much furniture. And I found a mattress out by the dumpster,” Rudd said. “And I thought, ‘Sweet. Free mattress.’”
The Ant-Man star has since appeared in some of the highest-grossing films of all time, courtesy of Avengers: Endgame, and he has a net worth reportedly estimated around $70 million. But it sounds like no matter how rich and famous he gets, he’ll never forget his first free mattress.
“I just took it up to my room, and then I slept on it. And then the next morning I woke up covered in red bumps,” Rudd said. “How’s that for Sexiest Man Alive, huh?”
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