‘I’m Not Sure What It Is They See:’ Idris Elba Talks Being Considered A Sex Symbol In ‘British GQ’

February 5, 2013  |  

Source: The YBF

It’s difficult not to notice how amazingly attractive and extremely talented British actor, Idris Elba is. He was among Essence Magazine‘s “Top 10 Hottest Men On The Planet” in 2004 and 2005, not to mention his debut on People Magazine‘s “100 Most Beautiful People In The World” list back in 2007. He doesn’t appear to have allowed all of the fawning over him to go to his head though. The 40-year-old, East London native recently opened up to British GQ about getting older and how he feels about women being totally smitten with him. He revealed that he finds it difficult to view himself as a sex symbol due to the fact that he’s aged.

‘The irony is I wake up every morning, look at myself in the mirror and think, “Woah, I look like a piece of s***’… You watch yourself age and it’s hard to feel like a sex symbol.”

He went on to express that when female fans go crazy over him and express how much they are attracted to him, he feels awkward.  The actor also suggested that many of these same women would probably be disappointed after spending time with him.

“I’m not sure what it is they see, not to mention that, personally, I feel very awkward. There’s no way all those women would ever sleep with me and go, ‘I really liked him’. Some of them would go, ‘He was really boring or he was a bit aggressive or, urgh, actor.'”

Elba also confessed to finding the attention flattering and using it to his professional advantage.

“But it’s a compliment and it’s a massive tool to use in sculpting a career, especially with what I do for a living because I work in the face business. So it’s a compliment and I use it accordingly.”

Idris went on to tackle the circulating the rumor that he’s the next actor in line to play the James Bond character.

“It’s a rumour. And, I have to tell you, if the producers of Bond thought that I was self-campaigning, it would be such a turn-off. I’m flattered, obviously but I’ve been advised to just pipe down about it.”

“Apparently, Daniel Craig said I’d be a great Bond. Daniel, why did you say that? Dropped me right in it! What an honour it would be, but also, what an indication of change. I know Ian Fleming lived in Jamaica for a long time, didn’t he? I think it’s interesting to think what he would have made of a black man playing Bond.”

The full interview can be found in the March issue of British GQ.

Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

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  • Co-Co Diva

    Idk about this one. I saw Idris at CIAA last year, he was jive feeling himself….I ain’t mad thought, the man is just as fine in person as in print.

  • Meyaka

    I see you on top of me that’s what. Quit playing Idris you so fine it hurts.

  • kierah

    Awwww Luther…Can not wait for season 3!!

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  • autumn

    His arrogance lessens his sex appeal.

  • Candacey Doris

    Where can i get a copy of British GQ? Idris Elba is just…nice. Nice to look at, nice to read about.


      The book store, perhaps. On different occasions I have seen foreign copies of magazines at Barnes & Noble.


    I agree with Idris. I am not sure what it is they see either. He is a very average looking man to me.

  • Chile Cheese

    you are not alone idris…Im not sure what they see either. Ive never really liked scruffy old looking men…but I guess everyone has a type. LOL Im sure he fine to somebody…

    • chanela

      right i don’t get it either.lol

  • Ohhh

    He is old though. He needs to sit his 40year old behind, go get married and have kids, have a family and stability. Not cute being single and playing around after a certain age acting like you’re still in your 20’s. That’s just creepy for a man.

    • Mzlacoey

      Who says that he playing around? I’ve never heard that? And who are you to say what he needs to do???

    • kierah

      He has a young daughter. He and the mom are no longer together, but he talks about his daughter quite a bit.

    • Actually me and him are engaged to be married this summer.

      • Meyaka

        Girl back off my man!!!!! Lol

  • AJ389

    The fact that he doesn’t understand just how hot he is makes him even more desirable, he’s more than welcome here!! I’ve neva been the type chic to fight over a dude, but this one would an exception to that rule. Me & Idris….I’d always have a bat in my trunk, giving a new & improved type meaning to the phrase, “beating them off with a stick.” Please believe me.

  • He’s a hottie and not full of himself. Combine that with the choclotey-ness(sp?) and accent. And we have a winner. I have no problem getting to know him. *wink wink*