With a couple of movies to promote, James Marsden is on the studio-mandated publicity tour. One of the stops include opening up to OUT magazine about his career and good looks. Yup, his looks. The 39-year-old actor (can you believe he turns 40 next month) knows he has a handsome model exterior but maintains there lies a “drama nerd with a clever plan” underneath. I’m sorry… I don’t attend pity parties ;)

Let’s call a spade, a spade. Cam and Mitchell weren’t enamored by his nerdy side when Marsden guest starred on Modern Family. It was his abs and smoldering bedrooms eyes for sure. His cheekbones were probably also the reason why he was cast as John F. Kennedy in The Butler. Can you imagine him as Richard Nixon? NOT!!!

Inside the September 2013 issue, on sale August 20, Marsden shows off his rugged hotness in clothes styled by Grant Woolhead. Check out his editorial snapped by Matthias Vriens-McGrath below, along with a few memorable quotes from the accompanying interview, including his thoughts on why he turned down Magic Mike.

On His Good Looks

“I know I have a face like a model. But I’m actually just a goofy drama nerd underneath.”

On Types Of Roles He Looks For

“I’m actually less comfortable being the smoldering hot guy. I’d rather play a goofball or a rube than a steamy leading-man role. I’ve never been that guy — I was a skinny loner in high school.”

On Turning Down Magic Mike

“So far, I’ve been incredibly fortunate in the roles I’ve been offered. Sometimes I worry that I’ll stop getting offered these ‘break in case of emergency’ sell-out parts.”

On Thinking The Notebook Would Flop

“I never set out to make a bad movie. Some movies just turn out bad, and I want to scream, ‘Why did you pick that take?!’ Then there are some movies that I’ve been in that I was sure people would laugh at, that have become huge. I thought The Notebook was going to be a schmaltzy Movie of the Week–type thing, and here we are!”

For more James Marsden, head over to OUT.com.