The Hundred-Foot Journey Actor Manish Dayal Is PEOPLE's Sexy Man of the Week

He has big brown eyes, a seductive smile and knows how to keep things hot in the kitchen.

But Manish Dayal didn’t believe it when he was picked as PEOPLE’s Sexy Man of the Week.

“I thought there had to be a mistake,” the Hundred-Foot Journey star, 31, tells PEOPLE. “I was completely shocked.”

Dayal grew up spending all of his time at Blockbuster but never knew he was going to be an actor. Instead, he thought he would be a director and producer and studied business in college.

Helen Mirren: I Got 'Queenitis' When I Met the Real Queen

Even to Oprah Winfrey, Helen Mirren is kind of a big deal.

The mogul refers to the Oscar winner as “The Helen” and couldn’t think of anyone better-suited to play the starring role in The Hundred-Foot Journey, which hits theaters Aug. 8 and features Mirren as the haughty head of an upscale French restaurant suddenly facing competition from an Indian eatery opening across the street.