11/19/2014 10:24 EST | Updated 01/19/2015 05:59 EST

Chris Hemsworth named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

Chris Hemsworth mastered Formula One racing in Rush and wielded the hammer of a Norse god in Thor, and now the Australian-born actor ​is brandishing the distinction of People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

The 31-year-old told the celebrity publication that he thought it was "pretty funny" when he was given this year's pop culture honour — a title most recently held by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.

- VIDEO | Rush star Chris Hemsworth talks racing in the '70s

Jimmy Kimmel made the announcement on his late-night talk show Tuesday night, with Hemsworth joining the broadcast via Skype.

- On mobile? Watch the clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live here

"I learned everything there is to being sexy from Matt [Damon], to pursing the lips in the right way, to squinting at the essential time," Hemsworth joked, taking a playful jab at 2007's Sexiest Man Alive.

The honour comes with a cover story on an upcoming edition of People, but Hemsworth, a married father of three, told the magazine that the best bonus will be the "bragging rights around the house."

"I can just say [to my wife, Spanish model, Elsa Pataky]: 'Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don't need to do the dishes anymore, I don't need to change nappies. I'm above that. I've made it now.'"

Past honourees include actors:

- Canadian-born Ryan Reynolds. 

- Channing Tatum.

- Bradley Cooper.

Mel Gibson, the Mad Max star and now scandal-plagued actor, was the first to receive the honour, in 1985.