06/29/2009 AT 08:00 AM EDT
claims even his friends were skeptical when he told them he was going to be on the cover of Men's Health
. "You're going to be on the cover of Men's Health
?," he recalls them saying. "You?"
In fact, Duhamel, 36, now appearing in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
, tells the fitness magazine that he wants to be remembered for his talent, not just his rugged good looks. And he laughs off those widely-seen nude photos taken of him by photographer Greg Gorman in 2000. "To me, it's funny at this point. Whatever. It's done," he says. "It was very cold in the studio, by the way."
The actor also talked up married life – he tied to the
of the Black Eyed Peas in January – even if it means having to constantly dodge the prying press. "We try to stay away from the places where the paparazzi hang out. Still, they're outside the house every morning."
Duhamel recently landed a voiceover gig for the Nickelodeon show Fanboy and Chum Chum
and, coincidentally or not, he seems eager to start a family of his own. "I want to do good work, but having kids and a life outside of that
is important," he tells the magazine. "If you don't have anybody around who loves you, then what's it all for? You're just lonely in the end."