'Agents of SHIELD's' Brett Dalton cuddles a puppy while being a sexiest man

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While "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD's" Agent Grant Ward can be a bit of a stick in the mud, the actor who plays him is anything but. Brett Dalton is one of People's Sexiest Men Alive this year, and he opened up about the experience of being given that title after landing one of his first big roles.

"There's a big difference between Brett in real life and Brett on screen," he explains to People TV. "The character that I play is very much different than myself. I'm a lot more goofy and I take myself a little less seriously than Agent Grant Ward does."

How does Dalton prove that? By cuddling a puppy while shirtless, of course. Considering the increasingly swoony way Skye has been talking about Ward in recent "Agents of SHIELD" episodes, it seems likely she would melt if she got wind of this.

Dalton also opens up about what he finds sexy in a woman, so ladies of the world take note.

"I think it all comes down to confidence," he says. "I think anyone who has that, it doesn't really matter really if on paper this person is sexy or something like that. Somebody in real life who is confident and really interests you is I think the sexiest thing that you can have."

"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" airs Tuesdays on ABC at 8 p.m.

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