It didn’t take long for the media to notice that Ben Skarsgård was, in fact… extremely good looking. “In a shocking turn of events, the dude who plays Pennywise is not at all grotesque, and actually quite handsome. Will wonders never cease!?” wrote Cosmopolitan in July. “Instead of thinking about Pennywise grabbing your ankles as you get out into bed tonight, think about how incredibly good-looking the Skarsgård clan is,” BuzzFeed wrote in the same month.
“You’re kind of getting the rep as the ‘hot clown,’” an Access Hollywood reporter gleefully told Skarsgård on the red carpet in September 2017. “What’s it been like getting that response from fans?” “I don’t know if I’m hot in the film, I hope not!” Skarsgård responded with a laugh. He downplayed things a little by adding, “I have my weird quirks and weird looks in real life as well.”