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12 March 2017 @ 01:16 am
Happy 50th birthday John Barrowman  
It's already the next day in my part of the world but for John it is still March 11th, the day he turns 50. He's sharing his birthday celebrations with us via pictures and videos, so I thought this would be a good time to post my selfies from the Birmingham panto back in January. The background of the first was a bit overlit due to sunshine, so the next day we asked for the wall. Little did I know that the sunshine then was gone for the week and it was all grey and rain and cold!

PS: If you haven't seen his new hair color and style yet, go here and be shocked: https://twitter.com/JohnBarrowman/status/840699582451408896

For those who don't know, he has been grey for many many years and we all knew he colored his hair. So a few days ago he shaved it all off and now it is short and natural grey. I always said sooner or later he'll have to look his age. The transition comes as a shock so all of a sudden and we don't think he'll keep it, as he surely has to look young for TV, but I always liked a silver fox (looking at you, Richard Dean Anderson and Sean Pertwee) so I certainly wouldn't mind! I think if the hair was a bit longer it could look great. Maybe they could start to dye his temples grey at least or something...

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Stacey: Janto Smiling COEgeekslave on March 12th, 2017 03:07 am (UTC)
He shares a birthday with my husband. :)

Wow, that is quite a difference. It's not the color so much but the shaved look on top of the color.

Stacey
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on March 12th, 2017 04:41 pm (UTC)
Ha, that's great! Something special.

Yes, I am not a fan of the short buzzcut. But I think the color could look nice with longer hair. I always liked men like Richard Gere, or Richard Dean Anderson, or my new crush Sean Pertwee. Very distinguished look. I certainly wouldn't mind! It's just a shock as it came so all of a sudden. We don't think he will keep it at the moment thought. But I wouldn't mind taking a picture with him like that!
Stacey: John & Gareth Selfiegeekslave on March 12th, 2017 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think it could work longer, too.

Stacey
dbskyler: Ten expressiondbskyler on March 12th, 2017 05:14 am (UTC)
Wow, that is very grey! Most 50-year-olds I know aren't fully grey like that yet, so I'd say he went prematurely grey, especially if he's had to color for a long time. His hair looks older than his age, but his face looks younger.

Nice photos!
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on March 12th, 2017 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think he went grey in his late Twenties / early Thirties already? Must run in the family. In interviews he often showed the grey roots so it was no secret to us (and one of the reasons we love him).

I think if he let it grow it could look good. I mean, what about Richard Gere, George Clooney or Philipp Schofield? They all look great to me. The shock with JB is only that it came all of a sudden, there was no transition.

We also don't think he will keep it at the moment, there is still more Arrow filming to do. But sooner or later he'll have no choice, the hair is pretty destroyed after so many years of color. Our neighbour also went white overnight as she couldn't continue anymore.

I'm sure we could get used to it over time. I mean, inside it's still the same man, right? He himself has to be comfortable with it. Not sure if he is yet. After the first picture last week, he didn't show any new ones until the birthday pics started to come in. To be honest, at the first picture I had to look twice for him as I had momentarily forgotten ;)

And then also the shirt kinda clashes with the hair / color. But I could imagine it looking good in a nice suit. I'd even take a picture with him like that at the con in July but I guess he'll be dark again at the time.

Thank you! Selfies taken by John personally, just give him your phone, he does the rest! And all free of charge also ;)
alumfelgaalumfelga on March 12th, 2017 11:09 am (UTC)
Great pictures!

Wow, he really looks different. That's the thing with TV, men have to look like they were 30 and women like they were 20, and posting pictures that show your natural look is considered brave. I'm glad John is comfortable with his look, as everyone should be.
Antjedieastra on March 12th, 2017 04:28 pm (UTC)
Selfies, taken by John personally! You just give him your phone and let him do the rest. He knows all phones and how to work them. He is a technic freak.

Yeah, the first picture he posted a few days ago created quite some buzz among fans and also on internet pages where it made the news!

I'm not sure how he feels about it himself. We don't think he'll keep it, as he still has more Arrow filming to do and they hardly can explain how Malcolm Merlyn got grey overnight. I guess he just wanted to see what it looks like, and the 50th birthday seemed like a good date.

Sooner or later he won't have a choice, having dyed the hair for so long it is pretty destroyed. I'm sure we could get over the initial shock, especially when it is longer and looking better. It just was all of a sudden. I saw Richard Dean Anderson go grey over ten years of Stargate, and it was a natural process.
alumfelgaalumfelga on March 12th, 2017 06:20 pm (UTC)
I certainly couldn't take pictures with a phone I just got in my hand. That skill must be handy for John as he gets asked for a picture so often!

I guess he just wanted to see what it looks like, and the 50th birthday seemed like a good date.
Yeah.

Sooner or later he won't have a choice, having dyed the hair for so long it is pretty destroyed.
I don't know much about dyed hair, but if you cut it and regrow, is it still weaker?

It just was all of a sudden. I saw Richard Dean Anderson go grey over ten years of Stargate, and it was a natural process.
It was the same with hugh Laurie in House - you barely notice it if it happens gradually and naturally.
Antjedieastra on March 12th, 2017 08:48 pm (UTC)
I don't even have a smartphone so I certainly wouldn't know how to do it!

I don't know much about dyed hair, but if you cut it and regrow, is it still weaker?

I don't know much either but our neighbour also has dyed for decades and then from one day to the other sent white as she was told the hair cannot take it anymore. And so she did. Also my mother says you can get cancer from it? Don't know.
owensheartowensheart on March 12th, 2017 01:12 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday JB
Antjedieastra on March 12th, 2017 04:24 pm (UTC)
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag! (in German)
shivver13shivver13 on March 12th, 2017 06:12 pm (UTC)
My husband just saw a picture of him with his gray buzz and said, "Wow, he looks great! Well, if it grew out a bit more." :) I completely agree, JB looks great gray. He still doesn't look his age, though. :)
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on March 12th, 2017 08:50 pm (UTC)
Glad I'm not the only one thinking so! A lot of fans were shocked but I have been waiting for this for quite some time now.

And you can have grey hair and still look young. Richard Gere, George Clooney anyone? Plus my newest crush, Sean Pertwee. He's over 50 but certainly doesn't act his age, from what I can see in pictures on Twitter, or all the action scenes he does. I love that!

I'm afraid John will dye it back though, for TV and upcoming convention appearances.
vjezkovavjezkova on March 13th, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Happy birthday, John!
Laura: Jack *blogs*cookielaura on March 14th, 2017 01:53 am (UTC)
Aww, super cute pics!

I don't mind the colour but the new length isn't doing it for me :D
Antje: JohnB2011dieastra on March 15th, 2017 08:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Yeah, I guess we all agree there. I actually would like for him to grow it out and then judge, but it probably won't come to that. I think I could get used to it very quickly, if it is a nice hairstyle.
chamiletchamilet on March 15th, 2017 08:32 pm (UTC)
Not down with the gray. It ages him.
Antjedieastra on March 18th, 2017 05:09 pm (UTC)
I'm sure he won't keep it - for now. But sooner or later he should I think. He can still look nice with it.