Thirteen years ago, the most Steve Carell was known for was being Dunder Mifflin’s cringe-worthy regional manager and a 40-year old virgin.
Now the Internet can’t stop crushing on the American actor – so what’s changed?
It seems to be two things: his hair and his acting roles.
When were y’all going to tell me that Steve Carell is hot now?!?! pic.twitter.com/h4evXW2RNk
— Crystal Sykes (@negroclash) October 12, 2018
spoiler: Steve Carell is the beautiful boy in Beautiful Boy pic.twitter.com/bso7BvPeIW
— priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) October 13, 2018
Steve Carell is aging better than a fine wine folks pic.twitter.com/0zaTXu7gai
— Jim Halpert (@JimHalpert__) October 12, 2018
Back in the ’00s, Steve and his inky black hair could be seen in the long-running US version of The Office, in which he played David Brent’s equally awkward an inappropriate counterpart Michael Scott.
Film-wise, he continued this trend of playing dorky roles in the likes of Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Dinner For Schucks and Evan Almighty.
Then this current decade began and Carell starred in Crazy, Stupid, Love, playing another dorky middle-aged dude but who, this time, gets a lifestyle makeover from Ryan Gosling and becomes a proper ladies’ man.
From there he started to appear in fewer slapstick roles and more meatier parts in films like The Way Way Back, The Big Short, and even the thriller Foxcatcher, which he earned an Oscar nomination for.
At the same time, the actor was hitting the red carpet with ever-greying hair which is why many people online started to compare him to a fine wine that gradually improved with age.
Now it seems Carell has reached peak silver fox as he promotes another Oscar-worthy movie Beautiful Boy, opposite Timothee Chalamet, and is getting just as many lust-worthy posts as his onscreen son.
Especially after becoming the latest cover star of Esquire US.
I wonder if Steve Carell knows that y’all have been lusting over him this week
— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) October 14, 2018
i… was not prepared to process Hot Steve Carell!!!!! pic.twitter.com/WHOf2d087j
— Caroline Conrad (@CPConrad) October 14, 2018
Let’s appreciate the sugar daddy glo up that is Steve Carell pic.twitter.com/kNGhfWcURJ
— Shin⛽️🇹🇹 (@shin_shin92) October 12, 2018
— Ms. T. Mo. 🎃🙀🎃 (@LibFeminista) October 14, 2018
The beard had really been doing it for people too.
Oh, Steve Carell is fine fine 😍 how did I miss this, gotta be the salt & pepper beard 😏 pic.twitter.com/LnjZ5M3Xgi
— ajm. (@_AutumnnnJade) October 12, 2018
Random but Steve Carell looks spectacular with a beard
— Ariyanna Vanderburg ⚡️ (@ajvthegreat) October 11, 2018
Though he isn’t the first actor to become a salt and pepper heartthrob as people have been similarly crushing hard on Jeff Goldblum too and couldn’t help but compare them.
Steve Carell is really starting to get the Jeff Goldblum treatment and you know what? I’m here for it.
— ShAHHH!nnon Miller (@Phunky_Brewster) October 12, 2018
Issa Zaddy Face Off
Jeff Goldblum v. Steve Carell
Choose your fighter pic.twitter.com/eqTh5i7xRL
— BlerdyGirls (@Blerdygirls) October 13, 2018
Keep doing your thing, Steve.
Beautiful Boy is screening as part of the BFI London Film Festival and will be released nationwide in cinemas on 18 January 2019.