David Harbour is opening up about becoming a sex symbol and how his “dad bod” is viewed in society.
“I have a funny relationship with this dad bod thing. I sort of love it and the reason why I love it is actually very serious,” the 43-year-old Stranger Things actor said in an interview with CNET.
“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 like 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,” David added.
David continued by saying that he hopes to stop seeing unrealistic bodies in the media.
“I think Hopper is so loved and he’s got a real body like I have a real body. I’m sick of these bodies on television that are impossibly thin — and the guys train for months and months and then they even stop eating a couple of days before and dehydrate to look a certain way. 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 said.
“I want people to love their bodies. 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. I find them narcissistic and I find them cruel to culture because I think that art is meant to lead people. I don’t want that cruelty in our bodies anymore,” David concluded. “I want more big girls in leading roles. I want big guys in leading-man roles. I want them to be the hero.”