For all uncles and would-be uncles out there, prepare to meet the master. A man from Detroit thought of a sweet yet rather crazy idea to get his niece the confidence to dress up as a princess to watch the ‘Cinderella’ movie with him: by dressing up as a princess himself!
On Sunday, March 22, 26-year old actor Jesse Nagy made quite a wave among people via the Internet when someone posted a photo of him wearing a strapless blue gown (giving a full view of his tattoos!). He then paired it off with a crown, a pink handbag and black flip-flops (probably not easy to find glass slippers for his shoe size).
And take note of this: he’s a straight guy. But he’s more than willing to dress up like a princess for his little date that movie night.
His little date turned out to be his four-year old niece Izzy, who was initially nervous to watch the ‘Cinderella’ movie in a princess dress with her uncle. So Uncle Jesse went to the rescue by dressing up himself to make her feel more comfortable. And when they arrived at Carmike Cinemas in Florence, Alabama, they were greeted by pleasantly amused stares from their fellow movie-goers. An employee in the theater took a photo of them and posted it on Reddit, garnering nearly 2 million views. From there, it spread through other social media sites.
In an interview with ABC News, Nagy said that he really wanted to have a great movie night with his niece so he went along with the plan to dress up. “We made the trade-off and I said, ‘Okay, we can both be princesses’, but she had to have the crown. I thought ‘Fair enough!’” He apparently borrowed the dress from his brother-in-law’s sister, who just had her prom night a while back.
Nagy himself didn’t even know that he became an instant online sensation until they’ve watched half of the movie. His phone apparently kept ringing with people asking if he was in the cinema that night. He was surprised about the attention he got. “I’m not even subscribed to these [websites] so I said ‘what the heck is going on?’” He even joked about it in his Facebook page, saying that he’s got more publicity within just three hours dressing up as a princess than his five years of professional acting.
Although, Nagy thinks that his recent dress-up won’t be the last, as long as it’s for his niece. “She’s like my mini-me… If it’s going to make her happy, I’ll do it, I don’t care.”
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Photo source: Facebook/Jesse Frank Nagy