Who is on Your Celebrity Crush List?

When I decided to write this particular post about my celebrity crush list, my mind started to flip through that imaginary photo album of all the celebrities that I think meet a certain criteria to even be considered one of my celeb crushes.

In my opinion, my celebrity crushes should have these following characteristics:
(1) they should be able to make me laugh, or cry, depending on the movie;
(2) they should be mesmerizing to watch on-screen, and impressive off-screen;
(3) they should be someone I look up to or admire;
(4) they should make me feel like they are genuinely kind off-screen, not only their colleagues but to their fans; and
(5) they should be sexy – in more ways than one.

I’m sure that some people will have Channing Tatum, Liam and/or Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jake Gyllenhaal, or Zac Efron — and all of these gentlemen are great choices. And others may have Sophia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Salma Hayek, Rhianna, Scarlett Johansson, or Kristen Stewart — and all of these ladies are great choices as well.

My list may be a little predictable, but here are my top five male and female celebrity crushes, with a brief explanation of why they made my list.

  1. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – I love scrolling through his Instagram account because it has a little bit of everything — photos and videos of his workouts, funny videos of him with his co-stars, touching family photos, and shout-outs to his fans. Even though he may play some pretty tough guys on-screen, I like to think that he is kind and thoughtful IRL.
  2. Tom Hiddleston – I’m a sucker for an accent, especially British accents, and this guy has a sexy British accent. An have you seen him dance? He may not have the sexiest moves, but he’s got game. I mean, come on people… he was briefly linked to serial-dater Taylor Swift. He has some seriously loyal fans and there are memes of him all over the internet looking into the camera and just smiling.
  3. Chris Pine – His blue eyes are like mesmerizing aqua pools. I love that he is smart {he has an English degree from UC Berkeley} and he is funny. I also like that in many magazine articles, he is described as “down to earth and real” or as “non-pretentious” and “laid-back”.
  4. Ryan Reynolds – I have had a crush on this guy since Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place. He sealed his place on my list with The Proposal, School of Life, and Definitely, Maybe. He is grateful for everything in his life – his wife, his two children, his career. He is romantic, funny, genuine, and seems like someone you could have an actual adult conversation with, yet he is someone who I could see talking jibber-jabber with a baby or a dog.
  5. Charlie Hunnam – I featured him in a “Man of Style” blog post last week. I don’t remember hearing about or seeing Charlie in anything before he starred as Jackson “Jax” Teller in the FX series, Sons of Anarchy. He doesn’t have social media, but he crushed the 22 push-up challenge for eight days last year to raise awareness about U.S. veteran suicides, all of which were posted on his his friend’s Instagram page (@dommyriddle).

Runners-up include Sam Heughan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake, Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, and Hugh Jackman.

As for my female celeb crushes, here are my top five:

  1. Blake Lively – Her personality draws me in because she’s not necessarily “the girl next door.” She’s more like the pretty, popular girl who is truly friends with everyone. I didn’t think her acting chops were really challenged in Gossip Girl, but she did a great job in The Age of Adaline and Savages. She seems to take pride in being a mother and wife. This California native also has such great style.
  2. Dame Helen Mirren – I love that she is a rebel. She has tattoos and cusses like a sailor. This 72-year-old Oscar-winner has no filter and and in a recent article in Allure, she said she wishes that she would have said “f*** off” more as a young woman. This “woman of a certain age” has been in period dramas, comedies, as well as action films. She is one badass role model and feminist icon.
  3. Kate Hudson – I am totally drawn to Kate’s personality. She is funny and sexy and loyal. I have read her book, “Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body”, and was rewarded with some great tips on how to live a pretty happy life. Last summer I wrote a blog post where I invited her and her mother to a dinner party {albeit, imaginary}. She genuinely seems happy all the time, and no matter what is going on in her world, she maintains a positive attitude.
  4. Jennifer Aniston – This California beauty is everyone’s “friend” and was labeled a trend-setter when her signature haircut in the TV show, Friends, was copied by females across America. She has great comedic timing, but she can take on an unglamorous role and show an entirely different side of herself as an actress. Over the years, she has maintained her friendships with Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow. She just seems so down-to-earth and caring. She has endured heartbreak in the public eye, and came out of it a stronger, more beautiful woman.
  5. Julia Roberts – This “pretty woman” is “America’s sweetheart”, with her mega-watt smile and contagious laugh. I am fascinated by her conversion to Hinduism, and that “spirituality in it transcends many barriers of mere religion.” I love that she believes in taking pride in raising a family. I agree with her pal, George Clooney, in that she is a timeless beauty, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the way she looks. It has everything to do with who she is as a person.

Runners-up include Priyanka Chopra, Emma Stone, Gal Gadot, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Garner, Sandra Bullock, and Gina Rodriguez.

So who are your celebrity crushes?

Yours Truly,
Vanessa

{All images are borrowed from Pinterest, but the original posts are linked through their names.}

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