David Harbour is proud of his “dad bod” and wants Hollywood to update its idea on what a leading man or woman should look like.
The “Stranger Things” star has become an unlikely sex symbol due to his role as Sheriff Hopper in the hit Netflix series. Something about the combination of a pudgy physique and adorable dance moves made him an instant hit with viewers.
“I have a funny relationship with this dad bod thing,” Harbour reveals in the winter edition of CNET Magazine. “I sort of love it and the reason why I love it is actually very serious.”
“I do think that in a certain way, I’ve become a bit of a sex symbol for our time — there are articles about people digging Hopper. But I’m also a little big and a little chubby. I love the idea of real bodies on television. And I love the idea of making real people beautiful and loved.”
Harbour says he is “sick of these bodies on television that are impossibly thin” and that Hollywood sets “impossible standards” which he finds “narcissistic” and “cruel to culture.”
The 43-year-old actor is now hoping that his success will lead to the film and TV industry casting a more diverse range of body-types in starring roles.
“I want people to feel good in their bodies, like I’m sick of twigs on both ends of the spectrum, men and women. I’m totally tired of twigs,” he says.
“Look, I don’t want you to be unhealthy. I want you to take care of yourself, take care of your heart. We don’t want you to be obese. But these impossible standards that Hollywood sets — I don’t find those people sexy anymore.”
He concludes: “I want more big girls in leading roles. I want big guys in leading-man roles. I want them to be the hero.”
The Winter 2018 issue of CNET Magazine featuring the full interview with Harbour is now available on newsstands.