July 16th, 2010
05:38 PM ET

Michael Cera on losing his virginity

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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  1. Dada

    People keep complaining about how Michael Cera always plays the same role...but that's most actors. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    April 7, 2013 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Poker

    If he had a swim cap on he would look like a falcon. That is some snoz

    July 19, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sarcastic Chap


    July 19, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. ProperVillain

    Granted his movies are entertaining but he is basically a one note actor. He plays the same type of character in every single film. He's the Derek Zoolander of the acting world.

    July 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cklownie

    the best part is how CNN just reports this with a completely straight face...

    July 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. myfingersmoveindepedently

    i wouldn't be offended by that comparison

    July 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Paul

    He's the nerdiest looking actor I've seen since Charles Martin Smith in
    "American Graffiti".

    July 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ector


    July 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TriCERAtops

    I think he's lying. I think he's only lost his virginity to a dude, because if the only thing you can remember from your "first time" is Crispin Glover with a disposable camera...you know you %&*#ied up!

    July 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quetzo

      It seems like Michael Cera is one of the persons to be least literally taken in the universe.

      July 18, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Quetzo

      I don't think he really saw Crispin Glover or anything he says, it's just a very convincing description of "scary like hell"...

      July 18, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Trena

    Lol thank you Meaella!

    When I read Tristan's comment I laughed.

    Cera is obviously being sarcastic with his comments throughout the article. His sarcastic humor is part of his charm off screen to me.

    July 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tristan

    He sounds like a dickwad. I would have never thought he was so arrogant. Hey Michael, the girls aren't staring at you because they probably don't know who you are – you're not that big – and without movies you would be one of the dweebiest people on the planet. It definitely isn't because they are simply shy!

    July 17, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Crispin Glover

    Ahhhh yes . . . I remember that night fondly.
    Meilleurs voeux de ma douce pétunia.

    July 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cisco

    My girl friends are crazy about him, and they are all in their late 20's early 30's hehe. He is entertaining though!

    July 16, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |

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