You know him as the awkward teen in Juno, as the awkward teen in Superbad, and as — what else? — the awkward teen on Arrested Development.
But Michael Cera’s developed one heck of a fanbase on both sides of the gender spectrum, and is now preparing to make his leading-man debut in the much-buzzed-about Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, opposite hottie Kat Denning. The film hits theaters on Friday.
He’s not classically attractive. He’s too thin; he’s not muscular. His hairstyle is childish. His features are camped somewhere in the no man’s land between attractive and unattractive. And yet young women are falling in love with him, just like they’ve fallen in love recently with equally non-traditional leading men like Seth Rogen and Jason Segel.
The up-and-coming generation of male starlets seems to be lacking a Justin Timberlake, or a Brad Pitt or a George Clooney — a classically beautiful and traditionally masculine leading man. (I am refusing to consider Zac Efron “traditionally masculine.”) Instead, young women are flocking to the more — dare I say it? — attainable leading men. These are men who might be in the halls of your own high school or college, whose unremarkable looks belie a man of substance, kindness, charm and wit oft overlooked by the cheerleaders and supermodels of the world.
Why the change? Will it last? Is it a good thing?
Would you like to take Michael Cera into your bedroom and rip his clothes off? If so, why?
I’m interested to hear your thoughts.