I was talking to someone about men I think are sexy — Gerard Butler, Alan Rickman and Antonio Banderas — and I realized their voices do it for me. Listening to them turns me into a warm puddle. Just thinking about them turns me into that puddle. (So if you see any typos, you know what happened.)
It’s not the accent, I swear. When I was much younger, I was a huge Star Trek fan because of Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock. Not because of his looks, but because of his resonating voice.
I have a friend who LOVES Johnny Depp. I think he’s a great actor and I admire him for his sometimes unconventional choices. And, yes, he’s great looking. I admire many other actors too, their looks, their talent, their looks, their intelligence, their looks… But in the end, to melt me, I need the voice. The one actor I can think of who had it all was Cary Grant. He had the voice and the looks and the talent. (I know some of you are going to say Sean Connery, but a comment he made on an interview with Barbara Walters years ago about it being okay to slap his wife took him off my sexy list.)
What’s odd is I don’t use the voice attraction in my books. I think it’s because you can mention something like that a few times and it gets old. Like eye color. Or a fabulous body and sexy looks. Tell me once — or better yet, show me — then spare me future rhapsodies. Maybe the reason I don’t use voice as part of a character’s attraction is because it’s hard to hear while we read. Yet, I hear as I read. I use tone of voice often to show emotion.
What appeals to you about men that can be used in a book? What turns you into a puddle? Matt Damon was People’s Sexist Man of the Year. As much as I admire him, he’s not on my list. Neither is Brad Pitt. George Clooney is on my extended list because I love his sense of humor and his interest in making the world better. And he has a good voice too.
Does voice count for you or is it strictly looks? Or is it the whole package, like George Clooney? And have you ever noticed voice used really well in a book?