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