“Stranger Things” star David Harbour has become the face of the “dad bod” and he has come to embrace the unusual sex symbol status.
In a new interview with Variety, the 42-year-old actor opened up about what it’s been like to be adored for his slightly pudgy physique.
Harbour actually had to drop the dad bod look for his role in the new “Hellboy” film, but don’t worry because he’s bringing back the belly for the third season of “Stranger Things”.
“I’ve already started the donut training,” he joked. “Six donuts a day! We’ll get there, folks.”
On whether Harbour ever imagined he would become a sex symbol, he said it he actually enjoys it.
“In this business, certainly it’s a lot crazier for women than it is for men, but there’s such a thing where there’s a lot of judgment on the way you look, and on your body,” Harbour explained. “The fact is for years I had been trapped in a certain narcissism and a desire to have a certain body and look sexy. The fact that I got famous and become a sex symbol around my normal frumpy love-handled self is so gratifying. And dare I say culturally gratifying as well.”
Harbour continued: “What makes someone sexy in my mind is who they are. It’s not necessarily how they look. If you have a dad bod, if you wear it well, and still shake your hips pretty good, I feel like you too can be a sex symbol! I think that’s what we should venerate as sexy. Not people who eat organic chicken all day and spend nine hours at the gym. That’s not a society that I really care about.”