Over the years, be it Bollywood or Hollywood, we have grown up seeing how directors have preferred good looking actors and acting skills have been relegated to the second tier of priority. With the advent of OTT platforms, however, the audience's perception of content has changed and acting skills have taken the front seat over just good looks.
If you have noticed this wave of change, you would have realized that men who aren’t very conventional-looking have started to dominate the space. People have, of late, welcomed men who look ‘nerdy’ on the big screen with arms wide open.
We have made a list of a few Hollywood male actors who have somewhere redefined the way we look at leading men. Well, ‘nerdy’ seems to be the new sexy.1: Seth Rogen View this post on Instagram
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. From movies like Neighbors to Knocked Up to An American Pickle, Seth has proved that talent can take you far. He has made his presence felt and we can’t deny that he has carved his niche.2: Asa Butterfield View this post on Instagram
If you have seen the two seasons of Sex Education and are planning 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 run for their money. Asa's acting career began when he participated in a youth theater after school every Friday in his town at age 7. He landed the role as the lead protagonist Bruno in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) and there was no looking back after that.
In an interview with The Guardian, he was asked if he ever thought that acting would become a long-time career. He said, “In my early roles, I didn’t totally know what I was doing. You don’t overthink things as a kid. It was like playing make-believe. It wasn’t until working on Hugo that I understood the process of film-making. Marty [Scorsese] would tell me about cinema history and give me films to watch at the weekend. It was the ultimate education. That captured my imagination and made me think maybe I could do this as an adult.”3: Alex Lawther View this post on Instagram
Alex Lawther has been part of shows like Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror and movies like Departure but the actor believes it was the show The End Of The F***ing World that brought him the stardom he was looking for. He has always been humble about his success. In an interview with Hunger, he was asked why the show was universally appreciated.
He said, “I think because it’s so weird. I’m so proud of its strangeness. I think it was a massive surprise for us because we were aware of this strangeness and we didn’t realize that it would please so many people in different ways, that’s such a nice thing but why I have no idea… I really enjoy the show so I get to say, I feel very close to James and Alyssa as characters, and Bonnie too. It is heartbreaking because when I try and work out what all the characters do, they’re trying to connect with each other and often failing miserably. I think that is really touching and reaches a lot of people and really touches me. Charlie’s [Covell, the show’s screenwriter] genius is being able to take something really sensitive and make it into a really engaging, funny, bizarre thing so you don’t even realize that you are being affected by these youngsters and you’re already on their side. From the outside, you might not think you would be I mean he’s a self-diagnosed teen psychopath and Alyssa is Alyssa, yeah it was a surprise.”4: Michael Cera View this post on Instagram
An Independent article quotes ‘Michael Cera is the geek who inherited the earth,' and we completely agree because he genuinely has 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 cinematic journey, he has given us praiseworthy roles like Evan in Superbad, Paul Bleeker in Juno, and Scott Pilgrim in SPVT.5: Finn Wolfhard View this post on Instagram
Did you like Stranger Things or IT or the trailer of Ghostbusters? If yes, you can’t help but praise Finn Wolfhard for his acting skills. Finn Wolfhard had originally planned to pursue a career as a director instead of an actor but things changed and we're glad he decided to become an actor. Needless to say, he has always managed to impress the audience with his presence on the screen.