Sometimes you’ll be talking to someone and they’ll mention an actor and you’ll be like, “Oh yeah, he takes his shirt off a lot.” And then the person you’re talking to will be like, “Yeah, and he’s also an actor.” And you’ll say, “Right, he’s been in stuff, hasn’t he? Like that thing where he took his shirt off.” Because the fact is some actors are known more for their hot bodies than their acting skills, which may or may not exist in the first place.
These guys shouldn’t worry about it too much, though, because some actors have been in this position before and been able to overcome it. Take Matthew McConaughey. He went from “That guy who plays bongos naked and can never keep his top on” to “That guy who won an Oscar and is now a serious actor.” There’s still hope! Maybe. Because let’s face it, some of these guys just let their abs do the work.
1. Channing Tatum
The classic. He used to be a stripper, and he played one in a movie, so you kind of have to expect it. Everyone knows Channing is a GIF-able hottie, but compare the number of times you’ve ogled him to the number of times you’ve praised his acting. Not so even, right?
2. Zac Efron
Zac’s shirtless so often, onscreen and off, that there’s a supercut of all his best shirtless moments. He made it out of Disney and into adulthood, but unfortunately he’s been typecast as “that guy who always removes his shirt.”
3. Joe Manganiello
When you’re known to me as “the shirtless werewolf guy” before I can bother to remember your name, it’s safe to say your body is more famous than your talent. Bonus: Another Magic Mike actor.
4. Taylor Lautner
Did someone say “shirtless werewolf guy”? I suppose you could also be referring to this gentleman. Speaking of, where’s he been? Taylor? Hello? Where’d you go?
5. Chris Hemsworth
Obviously if you play Thor you gotta have a rockin’ bod. But then unfortunately that rockin’ bod can kind of steal the show from you. I was hardly aware Chris even had a voice until like five months ago.
6. Henry Cavill
Be shirtless, “date” a TV actress, not really leave a very big impression on anyone aside from your pectorals. Get down tonight.
7. Ryan Reynolds
Poor Ryan Reynolds. One half of the most gorgeous yet totally boring couple in Hollywood. You and Blake should just go give birth to some adorable golden retriever puppies and occasionally look stylish on the red carpet.
8. Ryan Gosling
Gosling is the one on this list who I think is the likeliest to pull a McConaughey. Because yes, people agree that he’s a great actor. But whenever anyone mentions him, the conversation usually goes to how great his abs look in Crazy Stupid Love. Or just how swoon-worthy he is in general, shirtless or no. He’s getting there though.