Move over, George Clooney and Anderson Cooper — there’s a new silver fox in town.
Steve Carell has a new role in Hollywood — that of distinguished heartthrob. When the former The Office star debuted a new look in London last week while promoting Despicable Me 3, he nearly broke the internet. Fans went crazy for his grayer head of hair, dapper sweater ensemble, and trendy sneakers.
Twitter responses to Carell’s new look included references to his character’s makeover by Ryan Gosling in 2011’s Crazy Stupid Love and comparisons to George Clooney. One fan wrote, “Steve Carell is hot and you can’t convince me otherwise,” while another declared, “Honestly take your Goslings and your Zayns Malik and give me 2017 Steve Carell.”
When Entertainment Tonight told Carell about his new status as a Hollywood hottie, the actor took the news in stride, joking, “I am so sick of people just looking at me for my physical attributes. It’s just genetic. There’s nothing I can do.”
Though he responded with his trademark dry humor, Carell also seemed genuinely tickled by the attention his new look is getting, adding, “I’m busting with pride. That’s very nice.”
There’s one person who’s always known Carell is a catch — his wife and producing partner Nancy Carell. What does she think about all this internet attention? Carell told ET, “I think she’s hot and that’s all that matters.”
See a sample of responses to Carell’s makeover below.