Michael Cera: when geeks get the girl

Sat Oct 4, 2008 1:32pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In a little more than a year, Michael Cera has built a movie career and loyal fan base playing geeky high school heroes -- zits and all -- who somehow get the girls. So it must feel good, being a sexy leading man in Hollywood -- especially when you're really kind of geeky.

"It feels like acting," deadpans Cera, and somehow his answer seems appropriate.

Cera, 20, stars in a major Hollywood release "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," a teen romance that landed in theaters across North America on Friday, and far more than in his "Superbad" and "Juno," Cera is expected to lure fans.

His rise has been rapid, and made all the more remarkable because Cera is not the archetype of a movie hero. There are no six-pack abs, no chiseled jaw or bold decision-making.

Simply put, he is no Brad Pitt; not even Tobey Maguire.

There is only his wire-thin body and slumping frame. His hair is tousled and he rarely seems to smile.

But Cera does like music and can play guitar, and one thing about girls -- no matter what decade they grow up in -- they love guys who play guitar.

Cera's character Nick, is not much different than Cera.   Continued...

<p>Cast member Michael Cera poses at the movie premiere of "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" at the Arclight theatre in Hollywood, California October 2, 2008. The movie opened in the U.S. on October 3. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>