Benedict Cumberbatch may seem like an unlikely sex symbol, but he has a gaggle of female followers — and it’s growing. For the newly engaged actor, he has mixed feelings about what his fans call themselves — Cumberbitches.
“It’s funny and I’m flattered,” Cumberbatch told People, adding that he doesn’t condone the name. “But on a serious note, come on, give yourself more power as women.
“Don’t just call yourself bitches!”
Cumberbatch is fairly new to the idol game and is taking his fans seriously. He just hopes those women aren’t taking that name seriously.
“I know it was a joke, and more of an empowering thing. The majority of [the fans] are smart and savvy and just having fun, but it’s getting out there,” he said. “It sounds a bit [rude].”
Cumberbatch even went as far as to suggest some new fan names, including “Cumbersomes? Cumbercollective? Cumberfans? There’s lots of stuff!”
But no matter how much the Sherlock actor loves his fans, his heart now belongs to one woman. He was recently engaged to actress, Sophie Hunter, but he said she isn’t too worried about his growing female fan base.
“She’s just so in command of it,” he explained. “It could be a difficult thing, but she’s just really cool. It’s really impressive.”
You can see Cumberbatch next in The Imitation Game, out Nov. 28.