It’s far from uncommon to develop a crush on a celebrity. In fact, many people’s first crush will end up being someone that they’ve come to admire on their favorite TV show, or movie, or in their favorite band. Of course, the older we get, the more likely we are to develop crushes on people in our own life — i.e., people we can actually develop relationships with. But that certainly doesn’t mean that these celebrity crushes have to stop.
With more content available than ever before, it seems like there is no shortage of celebrities to admire and feast our eyes upon. We’re no longer stuck watching or listening to the same few stars, as performers can now enjoy recognition across various platforms and outlets. This also means that there are more choices to satisfy every taste — whether that be a preference in everything from genres to individual performers.
It’s never a bad idea to see what type of qualities we find attractive when looking for a partner — which is really all we're doing when crushing on a celebrity anyway. But could who we’re attracted to also tell us something about ourselves? Let’s play marry or divorce with these famous guys to find out!
Best known for playing James Bond, Daniel Craig first appeared as the iconic character in 2006’s Casino Royale. The film is often sighted as one of the best installment in the long-running franchise, and Craig has reprised his role as 007 in three movies since. Some of his other hit films include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Logan Lucky, and Munich. In 2014, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy thanks to his work as a narrator in the documentary One Life (Wikipedia).
One of Idris Elba’s first big parts came when he appeared as the character of Stringer Bell on the crime drama series The Wire. The HBO show has since been regarded by many to be one of the greatest series ever made. Within the last decade, Elba has also shown up in his fair share of blockbuster films. These include Pacific Rim, Prometheus, and The Jungle Book. Many may also recognize Elba thanks to his role as Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — a part which he most recently reprised in Avengers: Infinity War (Wikipedia).
Chris Hemsworth’s stardom really shot to new heights when he was cast to play the Norse god Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He made his debut as the God of Thunder in the 2011 film, and he has appeared in a number of MCU installments to date — including last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, which went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. You may have also spotted him in the movies The Cabin and the Woods and Snow White and the Huntsman (Wikipedia).
Though Oscar Isaac has been earning acclaim from critics since he first began acting professionally, only within just the last few years has the actor been recognizable to a wider audience. This is largely thanks to his supporting roles in such blockbusters as Star War: The Force Awakens and X-Men: Apocalypse. But some of his most praised performances come from lesser-known projects such as Inside Llewyn Davis, and Ex Machina. This year, he will reprise his role of Poe Dameron in Star Wars: Episode IX (Wikipedia).
Charlie Hunnam’s breakthrough role came when he landed the leading part of Jackson “Jax” Teller on the FX series Sons of Anarchy. The show ran for seven seasons between 2008 and 2014, where it followed a motorcycle gang living and working in central California. Since then, Hunnam has shown up in a number of blockbuster films, including the Guillermo del Toro films Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, as well as the Guy Ritchie movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Wikipedia).
Jake Gyllenhaal began working in Hollywood when he was still a child, showing up in the films City Slickers and A Dangerous Woman, among others. But it wasn’t until the late ‘90s and early 2000s that Gyllenhaal would be solidified as leading man material thanks to his performances in the films October Sky and Donnie Darko. Since then, Gyllenhaal has headlined his fair share of critical and commercial hits, including everything from Brokeback Mountain to Source Code (Wikipedia). But is he your type?
Eric Dane’s first big role came when he appeared as the character of Jason Dean on the WB supernatural series Charmed. His success continued on in the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, where he played Dr. Mark Sloan from season three all the way through the beginning of season nine. Some of his biggest movies to date include Marley & Me and Valentine’s Day. Dane more recently played the leading character on the TNT series The Last Ship, which concluded its five-season run last year (Wikipedia).
At the beginning of Game of Thrones, Kit Harington just seemed like one of the main actors who filled out the large ensemble cast. But as the show approaches its last season, Harington’s Jon Snow is one of the few survivors who is favored to rule the Seven Kingdoms. The fantasy series is one of the most talked about shows of the last decade, which has also brought the actor his fair share of acclaim and recognition. Harington has also appeared in the films Pompeii and Brimstone (Wikipedia).
Sean William Scott
Many people remember first taking note of Sean William Scott when he appeared as the character of Steven Stifler up on the big screen. He portrayed the character in the popular teen comedy film series for over a decade, beginning in 1999. But the actor has also appeared in a number of other hit comedy films, including Dude, Where’s My Car?, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Role Models. Last year alone, he appeared in three films, including Super Troopers 2 and Green Dolphin (Wikipedia).
This Swedish actor first shot into the mainstream when he appeared as the vampire Eric Northram on True Blood. The HBO series ran for seven seasons between 2008 and 2014, where it was a hit amongst many audiences as well as critics. Since then, Skarsgard has enjoyed success on both the big and small screen. He played the leading character in the 2016 action film The Legend of Tarzan, and he more recently returned to HBO with the series Big Little Lies (Wikipedia).
Austin Butler’s first professional acting gig came when he landed the role of Lionel Scranton on the Nickelodeon sitcom Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, which ran from 2004 to 2007. After that, Butler popped up in a number of other Nickelodeon and Disney shows, including Hannah Montana, iCarly, and Wizards of Waverly Place. In 2011, Butler began dating fellow actor and singer Vanessa Hudgens. This year, he is set to appear in the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Wikipedia).
After appearing in the sci-fi series Stargate Atlantis for a number of years, Jason Momoa reached a whole new audience with his turn as Khal Drogo on the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. Despite only appearing in the beginning of the series, the character played a prominent role in the story of Daenerys Targaryen. Therefore, the part no doubt helped Momoa appear in the films Conan the Barbarian and Justice League. The actor most recently reprised his role of Arthur Curry in last year’s Aquaman (Wikipedia).
Tom Hiddleston began acting professionally in 2001, though many wouldn’t first take note of him until a decade later when he appeared as Loki, the mischievous brother of Thor, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hiddleston has appeared in a number of MCU installment since, where Loki has been everything from a villain to a hero. Though the character met his demise in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, Hiddleston is still set to reprise his part in this year’s Avengers: Endgame (Wikipedia).
Is there anything that Justin Timberlake can’t do? The celebrity has excelled in everything from singer and songwriting to serious and comedic acting. As a child, he appeared on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club before finding his way into the boy band N’Sync — which brought him widespread recognition throughout the ‘90s. His time as a solo artist took off in the early 2000s, and he has also appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films since, including The Social Network and Inside Llewyn Davis (Wikipedia).
Since 2015, Rami Malek has played the leading character of Elliot Anderson on the USA Network series Mr. Robot. Malek has received much praise for the part, including his 2016 win of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Malek’s acclaim has only continued on the big screen, as the actor recently appeared as Freddy Mercury in the 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. He received a Golden Globe award for the performance, as well as an Academy Award nomination (Wikipedia).
One of the biggest movie stars of all time, Brad Pitt’s stardom really started taking off in the early 1990’s thanks to his roles in movies such as Thelma & Louise, A River Runs Through It, and Interview with the Vampire. He would later go on to earn critical acclaim thanks to his performances in Seven, Fight Club, and 12 Monkeys, among others. While his success has continued today, Pitt seems to favor more ensemble work as of late, rather than just always playing the movie’s leading character (Wikipedia).
In only his second film role of all time, Orlando Bloom appeared as Legolas in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Ring. He would reprise the role in the second two installments of the high fantasy series, which would become some of the biggest critical and commercial success of their time. Meanwhile, Bloom also popped up in another fantasy series with The Pirates of the Caribbean films — which also came out in the early 2000s. The actor has since appeared in the movie The Bling Ring and the TV series Extras (Wikipedia).
Chris Evans has enjoyed mainstream success playing not just one, but two Marvel superheroes. Of course, many recognize him as Steve Rogers/ Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But some might forget that he has previously appeared as Johnny Storm/ the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four film series. Evans is set to reprise his role as Captain America in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, which is widely thought by many to be Evans’ last film in the franchise (Wikipedia).
Tom Felton is best known for playing the character of Draco Malfoy in the massively successful Harry Potter film franchise. He first appeared as the character in the 2001 installment Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and Felton would continue to play Draco for the next ten years. But the actor’s success didn’t stop there. You may have also spotted Felton in The Rise of the Planet of the Apes or as the character of Julian Albert on the superhero series The Flash (Wikipedia).
Many first remember taking note of Ryan Phillippe in the late 1990s and early 2000s when he appeared in such hit films as I Know What You Did Last Summer and Gosford Park. In 2004, he was part of the ensemble cast that appeared in the Best Picture of the Year Winner Crash. In 1999, he married fellow ‘90s star Reese Witherspoon, and the two would go on to have two children together before divorcing in 2007. More recently, Phillippe has enjoyed success on the small screen with his leading role in the action-drama series Shooter (Wikipedia).
Though he has already been acting professionally for well over a decade, Jamie Dornan’s notoriety really took off around 2015 when he landed the role of Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades franchise. He appeared as the character in all three feature films, which concluded last year with the release of Fifty Shades Freed. Last year, he also appeared in three other feature films, including Untogether, A Private War, and the Guy Ritchie film Robin Hood (Wikipedia). But is he your type?
One of the biggest pop stars working today, Justin Bieber began earning widespread recognition when he was still a teenager. His first studio release, titled My World, was an immediate hit, with seven of the songs landing themselves on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, he’s turned out four studio albums, which have only brought Bieber continued success. Some of his biggest hits to date include "What Do You Mean?", "Let Me Love You", and "Decpacito (Remix)". In 2018, he married model Hailey Baldwin (Wikipedia).
After working as a professional actor for nearly two decades, Javier Bardem received a new kind of admiration when he landed the part of Anton Chigurh in the 2007 thriller No Country for Old Men. Bardem received an Academy Award for his performance in the film, which has led to him appearing as a number of villains in other films since. These include his appearance as Raoul Silva in Skyfall, as well as his performance as Armando Salazar in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film (Wikipedia).
Since 1993, Nick Carter has been a member of the popular vocal group The Backstreet Boys. The boy band was one of the biggest throughout the 1990s, where they turned out one hit after the next, including the songs “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)”, “As Long As You Love Me”, and “I Want It That Way.” But Carter has also enjoyed success as a solo artist, and he’s turned out three studio albums of his own between 2002 and 2015. You may have also spotted him on the reality shows Dancing with the Stars and Boy Band (Wikipedia).
Matthew McConaughey rose to prominence throughout the 1990s thanks to his roles in such films as the teen comedy Dazed and Confused, the historical drama Amistad, and the sci-fi film Contact. Since then, McConaughey has continued to enjoy success across a wide variety of genres on both the big and small screen. More recently, he earned praise for his performances in the HBO crime drama True Detective as well as the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club, for which McConaughey won the Academy Award for Best Actor (Wikipedia).
Known for being everything from a stand-up comedian to a singer, to a dramatic actor, Jaime Foxx has been entertaining audiences since the late 1980s. Some of his first big successes came when Foxx appeared in the comedy shows In Living Color and The Jaime Foxx Show — the latter of which ran for five seasons and 100 episodes between 1996 and 2001. In 2004, Jaime Foxx portrayed Ray Charles in the biopic Ray, for which he would win the Academy Award for Best Actor. You may have also seen Foxx in Django Unchained, Baby Driver, and Jarhead (Wikipedia).
While his older brother Chris may have more notoriety, Liam Hemsworth has enjoyed his fair share of success in Hollywood as well. Many first remember him from the 2010 romantic drama film The Last Song, where he appeared as one of the leads opposite Miley Cyrus. But it was a few years later that he really caught the public eye thanks to The Hunger Games film series. Here, Hemsworth appeared as the character of Will Blakelee in all four feature films (Wikipedia).
One of the three leading members of the pop band the Jonas Brothers, Joe Jonas has been working professionally in the entertainment industry since 2004 — which is pretty impressive for someone who is only 29 years old. On top of his success with his two brothers, Kevin and Nick, Joe also serves as the frontman for the band DNCE, which released their first self-titled album in 2016. Jonas has also branched out into acting, appearing in everything from Zoolander 2 to Hannah Montana — both as a fictionalized version of himself (Wikipedia).
Most people know Hayden Christensen thanks to his role as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequel series. He appeared in two installments — Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith — which chronicled Anakin’s journey from a Jedi in training to one of the most dangerous members of the Sith when he becomes the iconic villain Darth Vader. Some of his other big movies since then include Jumper and New York, I Love You (Wikipedia). But is he your type?
Eric Christian Olsen
Eric Christian Olsen’s first big role came when he landed one of the leading parts of Lloyd Christmas in the 2003 comedy Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. He’s appeared in a number of movies and TV shows since, including Beerfest, The Last Kiss, and Tru Calling. But today, most audiences would probably recognize Olsen thanks to his role as Detective Marty Deeks in the CBS police procedural NCIS: Los Angeles. The series debuted in 2009, and it has turned out ten seasons since (Wikipedia).
Jude Law began working professionally as an actor in the late 1980s, but he wouldn’t enjoy mainstream success until nearly a decade later when he appeared in the films Gattaca and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Since then, Law has appeared in everything from hard-hitting dramas to romantic comedies. He’s enjoyed increased commercial success in the last few years thanks to his work in the Fantastic Beast film series, and it looks like that blockbuster success will only continue when he appears in this year’s Captain Marvel (Wikipedia).
One of the most famous soccer players of all time, David Beckham began playing professionally when he was just 17 years old. He played on Manchester United from 1992 to 2003, where he was recognized as one of the best midfield players in the sport. But on top of being a world-renowned athlete, Beckham is also an accomplished model and actor. He’s appeared in a number of Guy Ritchie films, including 2015’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and 2017’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Wikipedia).
From 2010 to 2015, Mike Colter enjoyed a part on the CBS legal drama The Good Wife, where he played the criminal kingpin, Lemond Bishop. From there, Colter enjoyed even more mainstream recognition after acquiring the role of Luke Cage in the Marvel/ Netflix series of the same name. He would go on to reprise his part in other Marvel Cinematic Universe properties, including The Defenders and Jessica Jones. Last year, he also appeared in the feature films Extinction and Skin (Wikipedia).
Ryan Kwanten is probably best known for playing the character of Jason Stackhouse on the vampire series True Blood. But the Australian actor already had his fair share of success before the HBO series had even begun. From 1997 to 2002, he appeared as Vinnie Patterson on the soap opera Home and Away. Then from 2004 to 2005, he starred in The WB drama series Summerland, where he played Jay Robertson. You may have also seen the actor in the feature films Mystery Road and The Hurricane Heist (Wikipedia).
Though he may not be a household name, Ben Foster has enjoyed his fair share of critical acclaim thanks to his acting work. Some of his biggest movies include The Messenger, Lone Survivor, and Hell or High Water. He’s been nominated for a number of awards and worked alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Mark Wahlberg, Woody Harrelson, and Jason Statham. Last year, he appeared in the family drama film Leave No Trace, as well as the thriller Galveston (Wikipedia).
After working in Hollywood for nearly a decade, Aaron Eckhart started to gain widespread recognition in the late ‘90s and early 2000s thanks to his work in such films as Any Given Sunday, Erin Brockovich, and The Core. In 2006, he played the lead character of Nick Naylor in the dark comedy Thank You For Smoking, which earned him a number of award nominations. Many remember him thanks to his turn as Harvey Dent/ Two-Face in The Dark Knight (Wikipedia). But is he your type of actor?
One of Michael Fassbender’s first big roles came when he appeared as a supporting character in the 2007 comic book movie 300. Since then, he’s starred in his fair share of critical and commercial successes. Mainstream audiences may best know him thanks to his performance as a young Erik Lehnsherr/ Magneto in the X-Men film series. He’s also enjoyed a recurring role in the Alien prequel series. But Fassbender has also done his fair share of dramatic work in movies such as Hunger and 12 Years a Slave (Wikipedia).
Chris Pine is probably best known for playing James T. Kirk in the Star Trek film series. The franchise has turned out three features to date, beginning in 2009, with the most recent entry, Star Trek Beyond, being released in 2016. In 2017, he appeared as the character of Steve Trevor in the critical and commercial success Wonder Woman. His chemistry with Gal Gadot was one of the most praised aspects of the film, which might explain why he’ll be back in the sequel despite the character presumably meeting his demise in the first film (Wikipedia).
Ryan Gosling began working as a child star on the Disney Channel series The Mickey Mouse Club, where he appeared alongside a number of other actors who would also go on to make their way onto Hollywood’s A-list. It was in the early 2000s that Gosling began to be recognized as a serious actor thanks to his work on critical hits like The Believer and Half Nelson, along with commercial successes such as 2004’s The Notebook. More recently, Gosling appeared in Blade Runner 2049 and last year’s First Man (Wikipedia).
Chad Michael Murray
Chad Michael Murray first achieved widespread recognition when he appeared as the character of Lucas Scott on the teen drama series One Tree Hill. The show ran for a total of nine seasons from 2003 to 2012, where it aired on both the WB and CW. During that time, Murray also showed up in a number of box office hits, these included Freaky Friday and A Cinderella Story. Last year, he appeared as Xander McPherson on the musical drama series Star (Wikipedia).