Joshua Jackson struts to new spotlight

Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger. (WENN)

Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger. (WENN)

LINDA MASSARELLA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:35 PM ET

LOS ANGELES -- If you are who you date, then Vancouver's Joshua Jackson has become a fashion plate.

The once pimply (but cute) Dawson's Creek actor, who has been dating fashion forward German model and actress Diane Kruger for five years, is lately the centre of attention whenever he struts down a red carpet.

This wasn't always the case.

When the 34-year-old began dating Kruger, who starred in Inglorious Basterds, he was often cut out of the photo -- or asked by photographers to move aside.

But Jackson has since got with the program -- and is being touted as the "new George Clooney."

It doesn't hurt that his popularity as an actor is growing with each new season of Fringe, the hit Fox television sci-fi drama in which Jackson plays an FBI agent.

Wearing a light blue shirt that matched his eyes, his hair just so and a strategic bit of stubble on his maturing face, Jackson was the talk of Paris Fashion Week when he showed up with Kruger -- also wearing a smashing blue dress -- for the Chanel couture show on July 2.

Both were tanned and poised -- and became the most photographed couple of the week.

"Picture perfect!" The Daily Telegraph's fashion writer Kate Finnigan declared from the show about the couple. She noted Jackson's fashion flowering under his 35-year-old fiancee's tutelage.

"What I'm most impressed by is that Kruger is a gal who can get her beau to ditch his socks and apply a liberal slap of fake tan to his ankles."

Asked about his new GQ-cover worthy look, Jackson told the U.K.'s The Guardian he can't believe it took him so long to get with the fashion program.

"I look back on the haircut, the bad skin and the breaking voice with a wince!" he said.

Of course he's being overly modest. Though never an obvious looker like the Ryan Reynolds type, Jackson has always been ruggedly sexy. Before hooking up with the blond Kruger, he was with Katie Holmes.

Fellow Vancouverite and fashion designer Dalia MacPhee also weighed in on Jackson's striking style transformation. "I loved his whole ensemble at Paris Fashion Week," she said.

"I also loved, loved, LOVED one or two white tuxedo jackets he sported in the past while."

The designer said Jackson's change in style represents his growth from boy to man.

"For a while there, Joshua was known for sporting the whole baggy-clothed scruffy-boy look but he's since evolved to this tailored, styled debonair-looking 'man.' I'm so proud of our fellow Canuck!"

Like the Telegraph's Finnigan, MacPhee believes his transformation is because of his relationship with Kruger.

"Look at her. She is stunning," she said. "Her style is so gorgeous. How could you not improve style-wise just by being near her?"

Jackson isn't the first man who's cleaned up under a woman.

MacPhee points to rapper Jay-Z, who suddenly became dapper and smooth after marrying and mating with style icon Beyonce.

"Sometimes it takes a classy-styled woman to bring that out in a man," she said.


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