Over the years, whether in Bollywood or Hollywood, we have grown to see how directors have favored handsome actors and acting skills have been relegated to second priority. With the advent of OTT platforms, however, the public perception of content has changed and acting skills have taken precedence over beauty.
If you noticed this wave of change, you would have realized that unconventional men have started dominating the space. People have, lately, welcomed men who look “nerdy” on the big screen with their arms wide open.
We’ve put together a list of some Hollywood male actors who have somehow redefined the way we view leading men. Well, ‘nerdy’ seems to be the new sexy.
1: Seth Rogen
Through nearly two decades of American comedies, Seth Rogen was perhaps one of the pioneers of nerdy-looking men on the big screen. He started with a stand-up career in Vancouver and at the age of 17, before deciding to move to Los Angeles. movies like Neighbors at knocked up at An American pickle, Seth has proven that talent can take you far. He made his presence felt and we can’t deny he carved out a place for himself.
2: Asa Butterfield
If you’ve seen both seasons of Sex education and plan to binge-watch Season 3, you probably have an idea why Asa Butterfield aka Otis is on this list. He has been in the industry for a long time and has given many contemporaries a hard time. Asa’s acting career began when he participated in an after-school youth theater every Friday in his town at the age of 7. He landed the role of main protagonist Bruno in The boy in the striped pajamas (2008) and there was no looking back after that.
In an interview with The Guardian, he was asked if he ever thought acting would turn into a long career. He said: “In my early roles, I didn’t totally know what I was doing. You don’t think too much when you’re a kid. It was like pretend play. Only after working on Hugo that I understood the process of making a film. Martin [Scorsese] told me the history of cinema and gave me films to see on weekends. It was the ultimate education. It captured my imagination and made me think maybe I could do this as an adult.
3: Alex Lawther
Alex Lawther has been on shows like Charlie Brooker’s black mirror and movies like Departure but the actor believes it was the show The end of the fucking world which brought him the fame he was looking for. He has always been humbled by his success. In an interview with Hunger, he was asked why the show was universally loved.
He said, “I think because it’s so weird. I’m so proud of how weird it is. I think it was a huge surprise to us because we were aware of this weirdness and little did we know it would appeal to so many people in so many different ways it’s such a beautiful thing but why don’t I have any idea… I really enjoy the show so I can say that I feel very close to James and Alyssa as characters, and Bonnie too. It’s heartbreaking because when I try to figure out what all the characters are doing, they try to connect with each other and often fail miserably. I think it’s really touching and touches a lot of people and really touches me. by charlie [Covell, the show’s screenwriter] the genius is being able to take something really sensitive and make it something really engaging and funny and weird so that you don’t even realize you’re affected by these young people and you’re already on their side. From the outside you might not think you would be, I mean it’s a self-diagnosed teenage psycho and Alyssa is Alyssa, yeah that was a surprise.
4: Michel Cera
A Independent the article quotes “Michael Cera is the geek who inherited the earth,” and we wholeheartedly agree because he’s really made us swoon over his performances over the years. He forayed into the world of acting as a child actor and now if you look at his film journey he’s given us commendable roles like Evan in super badPaul Bleeker in Junoand Scott Pilgrim in SPVT.
5: Finn Wolfhard
Did you like stranger things Where THIS or the trailer ghost hunters? If so, you can’t help but praise Finn Wolfhard for his acting skills. Finn Wolfhard originally planned to pursue a career as a director instead of an actor, but things have changed and we’re glad he decided to pursue acting. Needless to say, he has always managed to impress audiences with his screen presence.