Sean Penn and Petra Nemcova are back together – what do women see in him?

Petra Nemcova Sean Penn
This photo is from 2008

This news may have come out a little while ago, but I barely paid attention to it at the time. Apparently Sean Penn and model Petra Nemcova have rekindled their romance. Since his split with Robin Wright (and perhaps before) Sean Penn has been drawing in gorgeous women like flies. He’s been with Scarlett Johannson of course, and was also rumored to be dating Garcelle Beauvais, Charlize Theron, and a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model named Jessica White. Back in 2008 he dated Petra Nemcova, and she seems to be giving him another chance. The way US explains it, Petra jumped back into it with Sean almost immediately after she broke up with her fiance last month. Here’s more:

After a weeks-long fling in February, 2008, Sean Penn and Petra Nemcova are giving it another go. On May 10, a witness saw the pair, “holding hands” during u2 frontman Bono’s star-filled 52nd birthday bash at NYC’s The Spotted Pig. After Penn, 51, and the Czech model, 32, mingled with revelers… “they left together,” adds a second onlooker. It’s Penn’s first high profile hookup since Scarlett Johansson, 27, with whom he split after four months in June, 2011. And the Oscar winner’s quite the rebound for Nemcova, who announced April 11 she had called off her engagement to British actor Jamie Belman, 26. Explains a source “Petra started going on dates with Sean right after the split.”

[From US Weekly, print edition, May 28, 2012]

Rebound being the operative word here. I’ve heard plenty of stories of people being heartbroken by breakups, contacting an earlier ex and rekindling romances.

Penn generally seems like a grumpy, chain-smoking old man and it’s hard to imagine what women see in him. He regularly talks smack about his career, his critics, anyone else involved in charity like he is and about politics, and he just strikes me as unpleasant. I guess there are women who find that somehow attractive. They may find his intelligence impressive or something. The rest of us see him as an a-hole.

Petra Nemcova Sean Penn

Petra Nemcova

Petra Nemcova

Petra Nemcova

Sean Penn

Sean Penn

Petra is shown in 2008 with Penn and at the Tribeca Film Festival on 4-20 and at Fashion Week on 2-15 – in Marchesa of course. Penn is shown on a trip to Argentina on 2-13. Credit:

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  1. another nina says:

    well, he is probably nothing to look at, but is nice to touch. I see no other explanation.

    • Lilli says:

      It’s classic case. He is a bad “boy” and they think that they can fix and change him. Some women – most of them actually – are naive and stupid. There won’t be happily forever after.

    • Snow says:

      I agree with the nice-to-touch theory, and would add that maybe he’s one of those people who have that aura of sex appeal that isn’t necessarily felt through a camera lens. A person can be structurally unattractive but still make people’s knees buckle. It’s a way with words, a whisper in one’s ear, a distinctly sexual way of communicating.

      Or it’s ’cause he’s rich, (somewhat) respected, good in bed, and is grumpy/distant enough to be bait for girls with daddy issues. Either one.

    • Chillnyc says:

      He is a real man and it’s about his chemistry these women could be with anyone. Imagine he is charming as the devil when he is on his game.
      That’s how it’s done ladies.

    • polk8dot says:

      Anyone who does not see what he has should watch ‘Up at the villa’ from 2000, with Christin Scott Thomas.
      I am not a fan of his as a person, actually I can’t stand him. I hate his politics, his pigheadednesss, his rudeness. But the fact is he is a very good actor, I just never understood what women saw in him – until I watched that movie.
      I swear, even with all my disdain of him, if I ever came across the man he played in it, I’d let him ravish me without any second thought.
      I’ve never imagined that he had anything near the charm, the charisma, the appeal he showed in there. And obviously, to be able to portray it, he has to be able to feel it, let it come from within, so I can totally understand how he gets these women.
      The fact that they do not stick around too long? Well, that’s just the charm wearing off in the face of real Sean breaking thru.

  2. Bite me aka aniston says:

    His fame perhaps and some circles he is very respected for his craft

  3. k says:

    They share a common passion for charity work, so I get it. But she’s too good for him, clearly.

    • polk8dot says:

      She may still be too good for him, but she is not herself anymore.
      Bloody hell, did she have some very unsuccessful plastic surgery? What happened? She used to be breathlessly beautiful, just effortless grace and sex appeal. But those newer pics, especially in the red dress, are horrendous! Definitely something went wrong with some procedure on her face. Her eyes look fricking cockeyed now, and her face used to be so gorgeous! And the body is wasting away. Is is going thru some eating disorder, or is she sick? She just does not look good, even by an ‘average’ woman standards, let alone compared to her former glory days. Yowza!

  4. TheOriginalKitten says:

    He seems like he’d be a pain in the ass to date-like nothing you do would ever be good enough for him. Maybe he has a big dong..?

  5. mimsy says:

    I like Sean Penn – I think he is a great actor. I will watch anything he is in. I have no clue about him being an asshole, I mean, I dont know him personally, and I dont much pay attention to gossip magazines and what they say about people, its gossip. I would rather judge people myself instead of taking someone elses opinion.

  6. Eve says:

    what do women see in him?

    My guesses:

    1 – $$$$$$$$$$;

    2 – Critical acclaim;

    3 – Fame/Influential connections;

    4 – $$$$$$$$$$;

    5 – Great fuck (well, that’s a possibility for some).

    P.S.: her smile (the same in almost every single picture she takes) grates on me. Yeah, yeah…I know, I’m a horrible person.

  7. Gene Parmesan says:

    I just don’t get it!! He does attract beautiful woman and suck their attractiveness and general aura, like a bed bug. He had Madonna at her prime, Robin was looking like a zombie with him. Need i talk about scarlett?
    Maybe he is charming at first then his true craziness comes out?

  8. HotPockets says:

    I am just going to throw out this age old saying, “women love a$$holes.”

    Not all, but a vast amount. I see gorgeous, confident women everyday get together with total jerks who have absolutely nothing to offer and treat them poorly. Just because you’re famous doesn’t mean the same doesn’t apply.

    • Snow says:

      That’s a troubling generalization; it also gives men an excuse to use for treating women badly. “Well, they asked for it.” A lot of women are attracted to power and confidence, and can mistake arrogance and ego for those otherwise desirable qualities. You project a whole bunch on to a person and then get burned.

      Having that happen to you and owning a vagina shouldn’t be enough to label you and the majority of your gender masochists.

  9. NMaret says:

    She survived a Sunami, she can survive Sean Penn

  10. Monkey Jim says:

    I think I did have a mini crush for a bit, but then sometime around the Scar-Jo era there were some pap pics of him in some kind of tragic denim situation (can’t remember quite what it was) and that was the end of that, really.

  11. Marjalane says:

    This is so odd- I rememeber when she was on Dancing with the stars, and I was impressed by what a sweet, charitable person she was! She has a big childrens charity in, I believe Thailand. I mean, she was so nice! Nice like Georgette from the old Mary Tyler Moore show, nice. Very strange coupling. He’s a hateful pig!

  12. lw says:

    Isn’t that the same chic who was with Wyclef Jean when he was married? Methinks she just likes uber talented men; lots of women do. Sean Penn is chock full of intensity, which probably translates well to the bedroom. What is so difficult to understand?

  13. SleepyJane says:

    Charm. He could charm the shackles off an inmate.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Charm? Have you met him? (not being sarcastic, genuinely wondering) Because I defintely don’t get the charming vibe from him. Passionate? Yeah, definitely. But he doesn’t strike me as a warm, charismatic guy. Just my impression though and maybe he IS charming in person..?

    • lucy says:

      Agree with you about charm. Here in France, Sean Penn is really admired and known as a fabulous and intelligent actor and you know, a smart man has a lot of charm and even young women are attracted !! The question is what is he doing with this model, sorry I don’t know her but I don’t find her attractive at all.

  14. barb says:

    It puts the women in the spotlight, and they get talked about. It’s all publicity.

  15. Chatcat says:

    How many of us have a sister/friend/coworker who is with the wrong guy or always goes for the wrong guy? Somewhere these women have low self esteem, despite their exterior look, and Penn is one of those guys that lives on exploiting that distress in the woman. He does have a very high opinion of himself and his own opinions…another Hollywood narcissist (one of a cast of too many).

    I wouldn’t touch him if he was the last f-ck on earth…I mean really I’d do without. He is gross from the inside out.

  16. kristiner says:

    Money, his status and influence and with all his a$$hole rage he has to give it good in the sack. It’s the only explanation.

    They would be with anyone with his same status and money. She could have her resume on George Clooney’s desk for his next Thoroughbred but they keep picking Sean.

    He HAS to be good in bed. That’s the deal sealer.

  17. carrie says:

    great in bed? clever? charisma? talented?

  18. j says:

    Don’t forget when he left Robin and shacked up at the beach in a trailor in Malibu with the singer Jewell.. she knew he was married.. and just recently didn’t he get into a verbal argument at the airport with a past co star actress.. she said something about him being an AHole and he said. he didn’t even know who she was.. he is a dick.. but talented none the less

  19. TXCinderella says:

    I’ve seen her on a few interviews and she seems very sweet, maybe too sweet for him. Not only is he not that attractive, Sean is well known for his explosive outbursts. The two of them together just doesn’t make sense.

  20. Jessica says:

    Maybe he is hung like a horse. Who knows???

    • Chatcat says:

      I can get attracted to a bad boy type, but I do have a good douchebag radar and he’d go off like an F5 tornado on my db doppler.

      Maybe he is the biggest dick, oops I mean has the biggest dick in the world, I ain’t doing it.

  21. Julie says:

    not a surprise. i dont know maybe because i never had a bad boy phase but i really have giving up on women still dating aholes.

    ladies, its a market. if you stop dating aholes and douchebags there will be a lot less aholes and douchebags.

    why should a guy that obviously has huge success with the ladies think about his behaviour, he must be doing something “right”.

  22. Garvels says:

    She must be desperate for fame if she would date this warped,mysoginstic egomaniac.

  23. ladybert62 says:

    well physically speaking, neither one of them is very pretty.

    He seems like a dirty, smelly, grouchy old man and I could never understand what any woman saw in him.

  24. shalibali says:

    Sean Penn is not exceptionally good looking, but what he has is a lot of sex appeal. And I’ll take that anyday over a pretty boy!

  25. Me! says:

    I met him backstage at the Kid Rock concert last year at Shoreline and honestly he comes across as extremely humble, quiet, sweet & shy. Granted, I was one of 3 girls who were backup dancers for the concert that night so I’m sure the charm was turned on full force, but I (surprisingly) never saw the darker side of Penn. Maybe he saves it for the morning after? No one I know took it that far. Lol.

  26. Cathy says:

    He’s a good actor, (actually excellant in Dead Man Walking) but he doesn’t do anything for me. I don’t even think I’d boink him on a desperate day.

  27. Jill says:

    Well, on the plus side for those that don’t like him, in that top pic it looks like they were serving molded poop for dessert and he has his spoon ready.

    Yes, I know that was immature, but honestly, that doesn’t look very appetizing and apparently I’m too hungry right now to comment on his face.

    …except to write that he’s starting to look more and more like Flattop from Dick Tracy every day.

  28. Pku78 says:

    “He must be really good at coitus”

    ~Sheldon Cooper

  29. Alexis says:

    I think it’s power thru money and a willful personality. He’s so damn self assured and driven, they can’t help but feel secure with him, drawn to him, inspired. That’s my guess. And then the $.

  30. Jazz says:

    Ewww I can’t imagine his O face…

  31. Stubbylove says:

    His dong and cashflow is huge like his nose? Only thing I can come up with…

  32. Yvonne says:

    When he looks at you with those gorgeous eyes and he has that intensity cirkling around him. Need I say more ?

  33. Me Too says:

    It’s his wallet and his fame. She’s on Celebitchy now only because she’s with him. It has nothing to do with his physical appearance or his so-called intelligence. It would be funny if it weren’t so sad to see all these old guys like Alec Baldwin, G Clooney etc, who “date” 20 and 30 somethings and believe these women are with them because they are so incredible. Yeah right!

  34. YvetteW says:

    One girls’ a-hole is another girl’s future ex-husband.

  35. Snowpea says:

    Oh gosh, its easy!

    I spent ten years with a guy like Sean. Not particularly attractive but melancholic, wildly intelligent, witty, dry, massive dick and…completely unfaithful.

    I was 19 when I met him so I deserve a pass.

    If you’re that kinda girl, they get under your skin and you can’t get them out. Other men seem vacuous and dull in comparison. The sex blows your mind. The drama keeps you hanging. You completely lose your sanity. You’re reduced to a quivering wreck.

    So yeah, I get why women want to go out with Penn.

    But Ive learnt my lesson now. My next boyfriend is gonna be an accountant ; )

    • lucy says:

      and your life will be so boring … No ??

    • another nina says:

      Oh, I know this type! Add to this being a musician turned an actor. Well,I guess Nietzsche is still alright, it’s the heroin, which is a deal breaker…Wild sex will be missed, drama not so much.

    • Stellax2 says:

      Aww, Snowpea, it’s not the end. There are many men out their who are intelligent, sexy and fun.

      I wasted part of 20′s dating dbags some of the time (I mixed it up with good/bad) and married a guy who turned into Dr.Jekyll/Mr.Hyde a year after marriage. He abused me and I said see ya.

      Sean Penn-do you think after he dishes it out-(physically/emotionally), he’s very repentant? Also, what everyone else has said:
      talent in his field
      Intelligent (despite whether we disagree or not)
      Bad Boy/Good Ole Boy

      I’ve always felt a bit bad for Robin Wright. I never understood why she stayed for so long. I feel like he put her through the ringer. I realize that they have two children but I wonder if she ever regrets her years (on/off) with him instead of more illustrious career? She’s an excellent actor, beautiful, tough, etc.

  36. BabyCakes says:

    His big dick. And you for got that Natalie Portman was with him too.

  37. FingerBinger says:

    I think Sean Penn is hot,even the douchey behavior. He’s probably really charming and sweet. I also think he’s a great actor.

  38. Jackie says:

    i do think he is a great actor and i like the way he speaks out on political issues, regardless of the backlash he gets.

    he seems willing to be ‘booed’ by people for his opinions. not to many performers are willing to do that.


  39. of says:

    I remember reading something Madonna-related and she talked about his big dick. So that explains why women are so into him because otherwise this dude has nothing going for him.

  40. riri says:

    So, these days, “models” don’t make as much as they used to in the 90s, and there are very few models who actually earn huge sums of money. The latter usually make it because they have become celebrities more than actually because they are “models”.

    So, if you are already in your 30s and didn’t make a fortune of your only profession, and basically, you are at the end of your career, what are your options?

    If you want the life-style, the money and the fame, you try to get a famous/ wealthy man.

    As for the film stars that went out with him- some of them must see themselves with a famous actor and there are not many of those, at least available and interested in women that is.

    Sean Penn might be considered “deeper” than other silly actors, so that could also serve their interest in viewing themselves as “smarter/deeper” actresses.

    What did SJ or charlize ever date seriously a non celeb/ non wealthy guy?

  41. kb says:

    I can’t explain it, but I find him kinda hot, too. I know he seems to be an a-hole, but … there’s just something about him. I’d rather get with him than Pitt.

  42. leslilly says:

    We can’t figure out his appeal based on Petra digging him – she has horrible taste in men. James Blunt, Bruce Willis…wtf is she thinking.

  43. Snowflake says:

    he does NOTHING for me