He is stardust, he is Goldblum: How Jeff broke the internet
He may be an old geezer but he’s been adopted as the hippest ‘Zaddy’ in showbiz. Here’s why we agree
They’re calling it the Jeffaissance. What an utterly uncool and cringeworthy term for the coolest man in showbiz. So what is the Jeffaissance? It’s the revival of actor Jeff Goldblum. (The return to mainstream success of Matthew McConaughey a few years back was termed “the McConaissance”.)
Goldblum has been enjoying not just a ton of press in the past year or so but, more importantly – and perhaps more tellingly – adoration from many corners of the internet. Yep, he is the internet’s favourite zaddy* right now, but for anyone who’s been paying close attention, the return of Goldblum to mainstream cool has been a long time coming.
It was first evident when his “come sit on my lap” smile made its way onto what used to be the internet’s place for discovering who or what’s the next hot thing: Tumblr. Online fashion boutiques began selling leggings with his face all over them (T-shirts are so over, because what’s better than Jeff Goldblum’s face on your chest? Jeff Goldblum’s face on your bum).
By the time Goldblum appeared in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and 2018’s Jurassic World sequel, the Jeffaissance (cringe) was in full swing. He’s been gracing cool magazine covers, he’s meme-worthy, he has a TV show where he doesn’t do anything except be himself, and his Instagram account – where he posts pictures of himself and serves looks – has 1.2 million followers.
Buzzfeed even put together a listicle about Goldblum being “the internet’s new boyfriend” (I think “internet’s zaddy” would have been more accurate – especially since he has said he likes being called “daddy”).
But Goldblum’s popularity isn’t just about his looks and charm – there’s something about him that makes you want to hang out with him. This tweet by Saturday Night Live writer Chris Kelly really sums up Goldblum’s cool factor:
What does Goldblum think about his so-hot-right-now profile? As one would expect, he’s completely unfazed by it. He said in an interview with Vulture: “Whatever it is that's happened with my public reception, it’s fleeting. The ups and downs of showbusiness are fleeting. Life is fleeting.”
Life may be fleeting, but his good looks and sex appeal clearly are not: Goldblum looks even better now (he turns 66 next week) than he did three decades ago. And certainly no one was making gigantic sculptures of him in the 1990s.
* “Zaddy” is the sexier way of saying “daddy”, for those who don’t know.