Jon Heder says women flocked to him after his indie hit, but he said no thanks

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated March 06, 2007 04:55 PM

Jon Heder’s character in Napoleon Dynamite may have been a lovable loser, but the 2004 indie hit turned the actor into an unlikely heartthrob.

Asked in the April issue of Elle if there was a “buffet of eager women” waiting for him after the movie came out, Heder, 29, jokes, “Maybe there was a buffet at some location that my bus just did not reach. But yeah, there was definitely this ‘I love you! I love you!’ this and that.”

Which is not to say the Mormon actor, who is expecting his first child with his wife of five years, Kirsten, was tempted: “You don’t want to hook up with all those greasy girls. And they don’t want you. They want Napoleon. And I wasn’t about to go back to that perm.”

Though he’s happily married, Heder, who costars with Will Farrell in the upcoming Blades of Glory, admits that he and Kirsten do argue – over “how bad she is at Zelda on Nintendo. … I don’t know if it’s the best thing for our marriage, but our desire to play outweighs our doubt.”

Since he and Kirsten were college sweethearts, Heder says he didn’t have a lot of previous experience with women, but remembers one particularly embarrassing moment: “I had my first kiss when I was 17 or 18. The second time we kissed I got a little excited and I was wearing these really loose shorts that didn’t leave much to the imagination.

“I tried to angle my body away and divert her eyes by saying, ‘Hey, look at the stars.’ From then on I wore tighter jeans.”