There’s a lot to love about Younger, which is about a 40-year-old woman named Liza who pretends to be 26 so she can get back into the publishing industry. (She had a baby in her early 20s, and raised her daughter instead of going back to work.) Liza has to pretend she’s a millennial, becomes best friends with
Hilary Duff Kelsey Peters, and gets to date a hot tattoo artist called Josh.
And that’s exactly who we’re going to talk about now. Please use this gallery to get well acquainted with Nico Tortorella, 28, the fine young man who plays our current TV obsession.
He’s not just an actor.
Nico started his career as a model, and he’s still signed to IMG Models — how could he not be, with those looks?
Just maaaybe don’t call him one. In an interview with Cosmo U.S., Nico said, “I was never really a model.”
You may recognise him from another show.
Do you remember the show The Beautiful Life: TBL? It was about a bunch of models who lived together in New York, and was meant to be Mischa Barton’s comeback show. It was also produced by Ashton Kutcher.
However that star power, and all the beautiful people, wasn’t enough to keep the show going — The CW cancelled it after two episodes. On second thoughts, maybe you won’t recognise Nico from The Beautiful Life.
He was also in Scream 4 and the show The Following.
He’s dated co-stars.
Nico dated his The Beautiful Life co-star Sara Paxton for a while, and he revealed that she’s the only ex he hasn’t stayed on good terms with. “There’s only one person that I haven’t stayed friends with, Sara Paxton — and we dated for a long time,” he told Cosmo U.S. “I always tried to be friends after the fact, but it never really worked out on her end and there comes a point where you just stop trying.”
It was originally reported that Nico identified as “sexually fluid,” but in an interview with Vulture he clarified, “I never labelled myself as sexually fluid. I like ‘emotionally fluid’ more than ‘sexually fluid’.”
He also explained, in detail, how his view on sexuality changed the first time he hooked up with another guy. He was in high school, and it was with a male friend who had a hard time accepting he was gay. “This is going to sound fucked, but I knew that he was really struggling. And I was like, Look, if I hook up with him, maybe it will make things easier for him,” Nico explained.
“We hooked up. There was no assplay at all. It was just dick-to-mouth here. He was shaken up about it and I was like, ‘It’s fine. What happened last night doesn’t make you the person that you are. Why are you putting so much weight on it?’ And when that happened, I was like, Oh, I’m thinking about this differently than everyone else is thinking about it.”
And for the record: “The more I’m having these conversations, the more comfortable I am identifying as bisexual,” he told Vulture. “I’ve been so hesitant about using the word for so long, because it does have a negative connotation in our generation. People fought for so long for that ‘B’ in LGBT, and I refuse to be the person that’s going to throw that away because I think I have a more colourful word.”
He’s dated older women, too.
Just like his character on Younger, Nico has no qualms about loving older ladies. “I’ve dated tons of older women,” he told Us Weekly. “When I was 19 I was dating a 33-year-old for a couple years and she’s still one of my best friends. I love her dearly. I’ve dated way older than that too. I don’t really look at age as a thing. As long as you can connect with somebody on a soul level, it kind of doesn’t mean anything.”
He has a podcast.
Yep, Nico’s a man of many talents. His podcast, The Love Bomb, talks about gender, sex and relationships, and has featured famous guest stars like Hilary Duff, who he stars with on Younger.
He has real tattoos.
As Nico’s character Josh is a tattoo artist, on the show he’s pretty inked up. Nico has tattoos IRL, but not as many as Josh, which means most of his time in the makeup chair is devoted to adding fake tattoos.
“[The fake tattoos] make me feel a little dirty because they’re not real,” Nico told Inked. The fake sleeves take 45 minutes to apply, but getting them off is worse. “They are really fucking annoying to take off,” Nico said, explaining it takes two hours to get his arms clean.