Fleabag's Andrew Scott is baffled by his 'Hot Priest' fame
Andrew Scott is baffled by his ‘Hot Priest’ fame following his role in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit BBC Three series Fleabag.
The 42-year-old actor was welcomed into the star-studded cast, joining the likes of Oscar winner Olivia Colman and Kristen Scott Thomas, in the show’s second season – which was later confirmed to be its last.
The character’s arrival caused a Google surge in people looking to have sex with priests and now Andrew has addressed his feelings on quickly becoming the nation’s highly-esteemed sex symbol.
‘I think it’s important to say that the character is called The Priest not The Hot Priest,’ he began in an interview with Time Out.
‘It’s flattering to a certain degree,’ Andrew continued. ‘That’s become the story, but the audience isn’t required to find the priest hot; they’re required to believe that Fleabag finds the priest hot.
‘If somebody tells you, “I want you to look at this person through the female gaze and I’m going to tell you they’re sexy,” you’re going to go, “Oh, maybe this guy’s sexy.”‘
He added: ‘It’s extraordinary. We’re just big children who are very easily manipulated.’
Since starring in Fleabag, Andrew has taken centre stage in the Black Mirror season five episode Smithereens.
The installment sees the actor play the role of a taxi driver, which he admitted to Graham Norton as being ‘humiliating’ because he hasn’t actually got his driver’s licence.
‘It’s so humiliating that I don’t drive, and I am playing a driver,’ Andrew confessed.
‘They basically had to put the car on a skateboard and I had to act driving. It was so not cool.’
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