After watching about half the series of Firefly, it occurred to me that Nathan Fillion (right) was a bit of a sexpot. Yet I couldn’t work out why.
He’s not an obvious sex symbol. He’s OK looking, but there are a million other celebrities who are theoretically more physically attractive.
It took quite a while to work it out. Finally I realised where his appeal, for me, lay.
He looks his age and he’s had no work done on his face or body.
Yes, that’s literally it.
He’s in his mid-30s and you can tell. You can see every facial expression. No Botox, no collagen, no chemical peels. He’s got bags under his eyes and his eyes wrinkle when he laughs. He hasn’t got a stomach like a ladder. He hasn’t got shiny bulbous biceps or a waxed chest. He’s not eerily symmetrical. He’s got the nose he was born with.
He looks like a real human.
Real humans are a scarce commodity in showbiz. Once I realised what it was that made him different, and therefore sexier, it got me wondering.
If non-celebrities are having more and more cosmetic surgery these days, and celebrities are unable to have a career nowadays unless they’re remodelled, even if they’re natural beauties to begin with – Halle Berry and Sharon Stone have been tinkered with in multiple areas, for heaven’s sake – then will we eventually witness the fetishisation of natural ageing in those rare exceptions who choose to go au naturel?
Am I just an early adopter of a future trend?
In the future, will real moving faces and non-Action Man/Barbie bodies be the subject of cult appreciation?
Will pallid complexions and wrinkles one day be as rare and prized as a real hourglass figure or a natural blonde?
Will Nathan read this tribute to unspoilt beauty and cancel his face lift?*
*Joke. He probably hasn’t booked one. [Please don’t, Nathan]