Jeremy Piven: I’m no sex symbol

Jeremy Piven

Jeremy Piven doesn’t know what a sex symbol is.

The actor plays the lead character in popular UK drama Mr Selfridge.

In his role he’s somewhat of a ladies’ man, which has gone down well with the star’s fans and won him a place as a heartthrob.

However, when quizzed about his “sexy symbol” status, the 48-year-old couldn’t get his head around the idea.

“I don’t even know what that means. I don’t know if you’re kidding. Are you taking the mickey out of me?” he incredulously asked Britain’s Star magazine.

“Listen, it could be a lot worse. I can think of 115 terrible things that they could say about me. If that’s what they’re saying, then that’s fantastic.”

Jeremy’s character founded the popular London department store Selfridges.

It’s such an iconic role that some fans are prone to forgetting it’s just an act.

“There was a woman who came up to me and she asked me if there was any way that I could talk to my staff, because she had just gotten a pedicure and it only lasted for two events,” he laughed.

“I was like, ‘Do you understand that I’m not actually Mr Selfridge? I’m an actor. I don’t have any staff. I don’t work at Selfridges.’ I love how that’s now happening. I welcome that.”

The second season of Mr Selfridge kicked off earlier this month in the UK.

Jeremy has promised fans can expect a “change” in his character when they watch the new episodes.

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