For as much as the Internet loves talking about Girls (which is having a fine season, by the way), the general public does not care about Lena Dunham. The ratings for the comedy are tiny, even by HBO standards; this week’s episode was watched by just over 500,000 people. So most people, unless they recognized him from his scene-stealing turn in Inside Llewyn Davis (“UH OH”), had never seen Adam Driver until Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
And he’s having a hard time adjusting to his new-found fame.
On last night’s The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert asked Driver whether he’s used to people being so excited to see him. “No,” he sheepishly responded, “I haven’t really gone outside much in the past couple of months,” which makes sense, considering most of those “people” are middle-aged men screaming about how he killed their childhoods and Han Solo, at the same time. Driver doesn’t mind talking to kids, but “the parents is the scary thing.” What’s scarier than a fervent parent? Newsweek calling you a “millennial sex symbol.”
“There are so many people who would disagree with that,” the Midnight Special star replied. He thinks Newsweek made a terrible mistake, or:
I don’t care about meeting Kylo Ren; I want to say hi to that guy.