11/16/2011 at 10:30 AM EST
Sure, he's easy on the eyes, but there's more to 2011's Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper
than dazzling baby blues and a killer smile.
Ladies, take note: this Georgetown grad can whip up dinner, take you for a spin on his motorcycle and whisper sweet nothings in French (he's fluent!). Just don't try convincing him
what a catch he is.
"I think it's really cool that a guy who doesn't look like a model can have this [title]," says the Hangover actor
, 36. "I think I'm a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other times I look horrifying."
Another reason to love him? Cooper, whose father Charles passed away
in January, is especially close with his mom, Gloria. When he learned he'd been crowned Sexiest Man Alive, the "first thing I thought," he says, "was, 'My mother is going to be so happy.' "
So what's the truth about his dating status?
Cooper, who was with Renée Zellweger
for two years until their split in March
and has been spotted out with Jennifer Lopez
in recent months, says he's a "single 36-year-old male."
"If you're a single man and you happen to be in this business," he says, "you're deemed a player. But I don't see myself as a ladies' man."
For more on Cooper – and more than 100 of the sexiest men around – pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday