July 16th, 2010
05:38 PM ET
The difference between who Michael Cera is in real life and the awkward but affable characters he portrays on film isn’t always obvious, but that's just because Cera's a superb actor. Obviously.
The young star told Playboy magazine, when asked if he was an acting prodigy or playing himself on “Arrested Development,” that he’s “for sure an acting prodigy….Off set, I used to joke with the crew guys about how we’d all beat up my character if he ever tried to hang out around us.”
The 22-year-old’s next role will be in “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” in theaters August 13, where he'll play the indie leading man who has to take down the seven ex-boyfriends of his love interest. This role, coupled with stints in movies like "Paper Heart" and "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," just may be elevating Cera’s status as a heartthrob.
“…[W]hen I go out to a restaurant I know every girl in there wants to come say hi and be sexually aggressive, but they’re all so gripped by shyness that they don’t even make a move,” Cera lamented. “In some cases the shyness is so severe they won’t even look at me.”
Cera, on the other hand, is clearly not a person who suffers from shyness. The actor had no qualms about recounting the moment he lost his virginity in Playboy – at least, the parts he remembers, which isn't much, the actor said.
“All I remember is I had been awake for almost 86 hours, I was on the roof of a Public Storage building in what seemed to be a freezing rainstorm, and Crispin Glover was there with a disposable camera he kept winding even though it had clearly run out of exposures,” Cera said.
“My memory of it has fogged as time has gone by, and I’ve pushed it out of my mind, though I do seem to remember something about a plastic Academy Award for best grandson being involved,” he added. “You might say it was my first brush with the finer side of show business.”
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