Idris Elba Dishes on Being a Sex Symbol

British heartthrob Idris Elba dishes on his sexiness and lessons learned from Denzel.

Nicole Marie Melton Aug, 12, 2011

If you don’t think Idris Elba is one hot hunk of a man, girl it’s time to get your head checked!

Not only is the British actor a cutie in his own right, but he’s been taking lessons from another Hollywood heartthrob– the one and only Denzel Washington.

“Mr. Washington I salute you,” Idris told The Life Files. “Denzel told me one day, ‘Listen, you’re doing good work, but never read your own press.’ [That advice] definitely kept my perspective real.”

As for being a sex symbol himself, the Emmy-nominated star maintains a humble perspective but is glad to shine a positive light on Black men as a whole.

“In general the word ‘sexy’ isn’t applied to Black men. That word has been thrown at me a few times so I have to say I own it. If it gives me and other Black men another definition, then great. I can live with that” said Idris.

Idris, boo, you own the word sexy very well. Don’t you agree, ladies?

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