Russell Tovey Doesn’t See Himself As A Sex Symbol

Russell-Tovey-0rtrt1I’ve got ratty curly hair. I’ve got sticky-out ears. I‘ve got a little troll nose. I’m like a little pale street urchin. I’m lucky that I’ve sort of aged well into my face. I don’t think people are repelled by me. But one never sees how other people see you in a mirror at all — ever.”


The Looking actor being a bit too hard on himself in an interview with the New York Times

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  • NG22

    Lies he tell. I agree, he is adorable. Hopefully he understands there are lots of people who are genuinely attracted to him. That said, I find a self-deprecating guy sexier than an arrogant guy that calls himself beautiful. I just love sensitive men.

    But on a pure physical level, Russell, I’d totally hit it.

  • MikeE

    Well, I don’t see him as a sex symbol either, but then, he’s simply not my type.

  • akr1981

    He’s cute.

  • davincibarnette

    it just makes him cuter to me.

  • SteveDenver

    “You don’t know-oh-oh, you don’t know you’re beautiful… That’s what makes you beautiful.”

    In a world full of actors and gay men who trade on their looks and obsess over their physical appearance, Russell is refreshing. I’m so glad he hasn’t had his ears pinned or his nose “done” or cooked his hide in a tanning booth.

  • sportyguy1983

    He is right. He isn’t a sex symbol. A cute guy, but definitely not a sex symbol.

  • davincibarnette

    @sportyguy1983: …in your opinion.

  • Sansacro

    Damn, Didn’t know he was gay. He was my main crush from History Boys and I just assumed he was str8 and sighed. This made my day.

  • sportyguy1983

    PLEASE!! In most people’s opinion. Obviously there will be some people who see him that way, but if he wasn’t a gay actor with some fame, most of the people saying he is sexy wouldn’t give him a second look.

  • Cam


    In most people’s opinion? Funny then that he keeps getting cast as the love interest and has been/is in some of the top rated shows in the UK.

    Frankly his ears are adorable.

  • Kieru

    Tovey is attractive, intelligent and funny. Any man he finds himself with should count themselves lucky. But a sex symbol? No I’d say he falls short of that. A sex symbol (to me anyway) tends to be much more about the physical body.

    Tovey is healthy but not male model fit. His facial features are attractive but not iconic. That may sound harsh coming from someone who considers himself a fan but there it is. He’s got a lot more to offer than how many visible abs he’s got; and that means more to me anyway.

  • Niall

    @sportyguy1983: Like someone said, in your opinion. I’d pick him over the Channing Tatums and Joe Manganielo’s of this world whom a lot of people drool about.

  • KDub

    I don’t see him as a sex symbol either.

  • B Damion

    He is cute.

    He was very good in the UK version of “Being Human”.

    He’s like, he’s like a lost boy that you just wanna wave inside and give warm milk and cookies too. lol.

    And you just wanna be like Awwwwww.Awwwww…lol the entire time lol.

    OMG..I love myself. I really do. I’m a good person. I am.

  • Jonty Coppersmith

    I agree with him, but then beauty is more than skin deep. Appearance is not a person’s most important characteristic.

  • dougmc92

    just on headline….good, I don’t either

  • davincibarnette

    @sportyguy1983: I’m not sure why it’s so important that you to speak for everyone or even most people. Read the comments here. Speak for yourself!

  • davincibarnette

    @Kieru: ?? there have been pictures posted since his casting, the man has a body, including abs. Not sure what you were watching but he had them and more on Being Human, UK. And why is the breakdown necessary?!

  • AuntieChrist

    I’ve always gone for guys that were less traditional in looks just ask my husband of 25 years LOL. He thinks Matt Bomer is hot and I’m all like whatever…A man who is funny and smart is way more sexy than some ken doll,pretty boy perfect, and who doesn’t melt around the H.G.N.??? Hot Gay Nerd.

  • hotshot70

    he is cute. If Jack Harkness could go for him in Doctor Who, he must have something…

  • AuntieChrist

    @hotshot70: OH you did not say that..!!! I had to change my underwear, best three way ever..LOL

  • litper

    He’s adorable.

  • jonathanyoungii

    Perfectly balanced nose, creamy smooth skin, adorable sticky-out ears. I don’t get the hair comment either — what’s wrong with your hair, Russell?! O, let’s not forget dreamy blue eyes, full lips and a well proportioned face. And a beautiful body. And a beautiful bum. Ahem, Russell, you’re delusional. And those compliments only pertain to the physical…

    I’d do anything for Russell Tovey. Or someone like Russell Tovey.

  • EdgarCarpenter

    There’s a big difference between handsome and sexy. The two sometimes go together, but there are lots of handsome men I don’t find sexy, and lots of men I find sexy who aren’t handsome.

    Russell Tovey is definitely sexy – among other things, I look at those wonderful ears and thank his parents for not having them pinned back when he was a kid, they’re great.

  • ouragannyc

    He’s not my type, but I saw a few sexy pics of him online. Some may say he’s a sex symbol.

  • tada-no

    A friend has a fetish for guys with big ears so Tovey automatically is his sex god.

  • cmhbuck

    He’s gorgeous imho…. the ears are really very cute!

  • fdr2ga

    Loved him as George in Being Human and as the not-so-dumb jock in The History Boys. I have a weakness for guys with “sticky-out” ears, so he’s just adorable to me.

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