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Whether they're far too young, far too old, or their posters used to adorn the walls of your bedroom in Junior High, we all have at least one embarrassing celebrity crush that
we like to keep to ourselves. In honor of Guilty Pleasures month (and
because I have no shame), I’m here to share my top 10 guilty pleasure
celebrity crushes with you. Drum Roll please...
Once upon a time I saw the preview for Twilight and thought, That guy is hot. Then, I checked his birthday online and felt totally dirty. The end. To make myself feel better I tell myself, Hey, at least it’s not Justin Bieber. Sometimes this helps (not really).
It’s not so much Alec Baldwin that I like but, Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock.
They say that opposites attract and there is something about Jack’s
ultra conservative ways that ruffle this liberal girl’s feathers. Like
Jack’s fictional love interest, Avery Jessup, maybe I’m just into
commanding salt-and-pepper types. I know I’m not supposed to like you
Jack, but I can’t help it.
Once again, I think it's more the character of Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl
that I am enamored with rather than Ed himself. I know, I shouldn’t
like Chuck. He’s kind of a sleaze-ball, and for the life of me I can’t
figure out why he’s always squinting. Yet, something about his bad-boy
mystique reels me in.
You probably know Blackburn as "Caleb"—Hanna’s love interest on Pretty Little Liars. I like to think of Blackburn as the slightly-less-creepy version of my crush on Taylor Lautner. They have a similar look and yes, he also plays a teenager, but he’s not actually a teenager. I checked.
Brian Austin Green
While re-watching the original Beverly Hills 90210 series from the 90s, I realized something: back in the day I was so obsessed with trying to figure out who I liked more—Dylan or Brandon—that I completely missed the fact that David (played by Green) is totally hot. Maybe it was all the silk shirts tucked into jeans or all the white-guy rapping that had me distracted, but I obviously missed this the first time around.
Gael Garcia Bernal
This pint-sized Mexican actor and star of films like The Motorcycle Diaries and Y Tu Mama Tambien is in my opinion, completely gorgeous. He’s also 5’6.” I’d tower over him in heels, but I don’t care—I can’t get enough.
Robert Downey Jr.
I think my crush on Robert Downey Jr. started after seeing him in the role of Larry—Ally McBeal’s quirky but sweet love interest who wore nerd glasses. He’s older now and looks a bit worse for wear, but there is something very endearing and irresistible about him.
I’ve had a crush on Paul Rudd since I first saw him in Clueless as Josh, Cher’s slightly nerdy stepbrother. But wait, Paul Rudd is awesome! Why is he on this list? Because every time I watch him in anything I get giddy like a 14-year-old girl.
Two words: Dirty Dancing. I’m sure that some of you will agree—there is something about Swayze in this movie that is truly magic. Every time I watch it, I fantasize about spending the summer in the Catskills with him as my tank-top clad dance instructor. Of course, if you ask me about this, I will probably lie and say it isn’t true.
This man and his music encapsulate the words “Guilty Pleasure” for me. Before the days of public indecency and passing out in his car, George Michael was just a guy with a leather jacket, frosted hair and a five o’clock shadow who sang about stuff like “Faith” and wanting your sex, and 1980s George still does it for me. In fact, the other night I had a dream that I was a model and George was a cab driver that was madly in love with me. Wait, that’s not a dream—That’s the Father Figure video. Clearly, I am in need of celebrity crush rehab.
Simone Paget is a freelance writer based in Toronto. When she’s not obsessing about her embarrassing celebrity crushes, she writes Skinny Dip, a cheeky blog about relationships, sex and everything in between. You can follow her on twitter: @by_simone