George told the Washington Post that early in his career, he wanted to move away from being a “sex symbol.”
He said, “Quite honestly, I was objectified” when he starred on shows like Sisters and The Facts of Life.
“I remember doing scenes on Roseanne and I’d drop a clipboard and bend over, and they’d all slap me on the ass.”
“You had to establish yourself as more than that. … Good Night, and Good Luck. did that for me, in every sense of the word.”
And this isn’t the first time a male actor has talked about feeling objectified.
Jacob Elordi reflected on his role in The Kissing Booth movies and said, “At the time, I was super young and got thrown into a world where everyone wanted to talk about my body. … It really fucking bothered me.”
Morris Chestnut asked the writers on Rosewood for less shirtless scenes because he was under pressure to always look “fit.”
Zac Efron even revealed that he developed insomnia and “fell into a pretty bad depression, for a long time” after being in Baywatch. He said, “Something about that experience burned me out. I had a really hard time re-centering.”
And Kumail Nanjiani opened up about his battle with body dysmorphia after starring in Marvel’s Eternals. He said, “To hear a bunch of people reaffirming my own darkest thoughts about myself was very difficult.”
You can read more of George’s interview with the Washington Post here.