The Brenaissance is official (and why it matters)

Sissi Malva de Moura
6 min readMar 21, 2023

Brendan Fraser is the role model men need in these challenging times- and the standard that ladies need to set.

The Brenaissance — meaning, Brendan Fraser´s return to stardom — has been made official by this year´s Oscars. And like countless people worldwide, I couldn´t be happier for him.

In my teens and early adulthood, Brendan Fraser was one of my few celebrity crushes (along with Ralph Fiennes, who won my heart playing Heathcliff and, I´m afraid to admit it, also with his terrifying role in Schindler´s List).

Rick O´Connell from The Mummy was- and continues to be — the prototype of the ideal husband as far as I´m concerned. Handsome, athletic, adventurous, resourceful, and brave, but kind, funny, with a heart of gold.

As manly as alphas come, and a tad rough around the edges, but elegant when he needed to be — enough to successfully marry the aristocratic Evie (a character inspired by the real-life daughter of the Earl of Carnarvon, no less). Passionate, yet stable. Wild, but a devoted lover, spouse and family man willing to give his life for his wife and children. A man that can fight, build and fix things, survive, conquer… yet when he gets home, is a big teddy bear.

We could say that Rick O´Connell — and therefore Fraser, who as far as we all know is…