Who do you think is attractive?

Since I argue with my family SO much over this (the latest being my mother's "Say what you will, but Sarah Palin is still quite attractive" and my sister and I arguing that no, she's ok looking but we don't think she's really that special), I was curious as to people's opinions. Who are some people you think are attractive? I know not everyone has a "type" so I figure just asking for examples is easier Biggrin

As reminded by MeiLin's latest Twitter update, I think Morena Baccarin is STUNNING. Natalie Portman is also gorgeous (For some reason I'm not as crazy about Keira Knightley and Winona Ryder, which is odd because the three could fairly easily pass for triplets- see this quiz). I'm very not a blonde person, but I support Blake Lively hands down in our happy home Which Gossip Girl Is Prettiest War (second pick is Jessica Szohr).

Guys are always tricky for me. I'm VERY fussy. Clive Owen hands down, and a younger Jason Statham (I usually don't like muscle men, but I could forgive Jason Statham pretty much anything). In the words of my great-grandmother, I want George Clooney in my Christmas stocking. I completely fell in love with Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, though I haven't really liked him in much else. Charlie Cox was adorable with his long hair in Stardust, and I still refuse to admit a shorthaired version of him exists. And some magic reason yet another from Gossip Girl: Chace Crawford. Sometimes he bothers me but then I see his eeeeeeeyes.

Opinions? I'm always curious to see what people add on, agree with and disagree with Biggrin Finding out why is always fun. My sister, for example, thinks Leighton Meester is prettier than the rest of the Gossip Girl cast, but that's because she identifies with her Biggrin Silly fashionista.

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Starrysky's picture

I agree with you on Natalie Portman. I think has more of a solid feel even though she is about the same body type as Ryder and Knightley. She looks healther than the other two I believe.

I think Gerard Butler, Jeffrey Dean Morgan -By the way, saw P.S. I Love You the other day-, and Djimon Hounsou are very handsome. George Clooney is up there with Christian Bale.

Marri's picture

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Agreeeeed on Gerard Bulter (bonus if he's singing) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who gets extra points for being in the new Watchmen movie). Christian Bale is gorgeous if I can keep from thinking about all the slightly-to-extremely creepy roles he's been in- it's hard to admire someone, no matter who, if you have a picture of them with someone's head in their freezer.

Starrysky's picture

Men with accents, especially Irish, do something to me. I guess that is why I married a half Irish man.

Or in uniform. Denzel Washington in Courage Under Fire was so hot.

GreenGlass's picture

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Attractiveness is relative for me because I am so strongly influenced by my perception of personality. There are a few men I have thought were "cute" when I first met them, who quickly moved into the "disgusting" category. I usually can't see attractiveness after someone convinces me they're not a nice person. On the other hand, if I'm looking at complete strangers, sometimes I do this thing where I imagine what they look like to the person who loves the most. So I know that for me, my perspective seriously affects my vision.

There are a few people, mostly in real life, that I truly think are attractive, but I don't know if this happens more often with girls or boys. Even then, it's usually a really artistic interest (they should be drawn and painted), rarely do I struggle with sexual attraction, and when I do encounter it it's usually mild and easily conquered by thoughts of my husband. Not that everyone should do this! It's just the way I like to think. Smile I remember thinking how hot most of the previously mentioned male stars were. But I had a much greater weakness for the certain local athlete or surfer boy or book worm. I am much more deeply smitten with how some women look, these days. Maybe it's "safer" for me.

So, knowing that, I can tell you that I didn't think of Palin as attractive until someone said she was, to which I responded, oh, yeah, she is. I see it now, that she has appeal, but I don't think I would have come to think of her that way by myself. I think a majority of the people in media are attractive unless I'm worrying about their health. I like looking at the pretty people sometimes. I'm human. I appreciate beauty. The one thing I don't find attractive in models these days (besides anorexia) is large, slanted, heavy-lidded, Caucasian eyes. They seem untrustworthy and associated with smuttiness to me. =/ It makes me sad that youth is so attractive, I confess, partly because I won't be considered young for very much longer. Oh well, youth will be youth! They need something to make up for being new in this crazy world. I can only hope that in the eyes that count to me, beauty won't be limited by age.

Those are some of my personal standards of attractiveness. What an interesting topic, connected to so many other rambles! Smile

Stormy's picture

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Right now the absolute TOP of my list are David Tennant (though I usually don't like guys I could break like a twig, but he is The Doctor so that makes him way hawt) and Schuyler Fisk. Sean Connery has a lasting appeal, and Gerard Butler is, well, he's Gerard Butler! (yeah, I like me my Scotsmen). Henry Ian Cusick will do as well, even though he's only half Scottish Smile As for women, I tend to go for the less-processed look (though I know the famous chicks are still always heavily made-up). Um...I think America Ferrera is gorgeous, as are Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Meg Ryan....um....and I think Angelina Jolie is beautiful, but I preferred her pre-stick-figure days. And I gotta agree with Blake Lively, though I "know" her from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants instead of Gossip Girl. I could probably go on all day, but I gotta take the kid to soccer. Whee!

NekoMegi's picture

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I agree with so, SO, many of the people already listed....definitely Morena Baccarin, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Gerard Butler, David Tennant...

Add to my list the other two Winchester boys (yay Supernatural!): Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.

I am without a so-called "type", but I have to say that an Irish or Scottish accent makes me weak in the knees.

thedisquietedpen's picture

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Alan Rickman! He has the hair, the scrawny-white nerd look.

And the voice!! That voice is amazing!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw6Swr-ME40

MeiLin's picture

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melts me into a pure puddle of incoherent aslkgnweingaongrea42t. See? Can't even think about it, it makes me so incoherent. I'd buy a recording of him reciting the alphabet.

Stormy's picture

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phone book, for sure. Smile He first grabbed my attention in Die Hard, made me swoon in Sense & Sensibility, and made me laugh in Dogma. But really, you only need one word....Snape. Whooo...*fans self*

raecchi's picture

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I fancy him (and particularly his voice) wickedly. And, since he seems so popular here, I have to share: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7A_bJFZNXE

Apparently the lead singer of the band wanted him in her video (I believe because *she* fancies him) and she got him! Lucky woman.

MeiLin's picture

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*fwump*

Seriously, how could anyone NOT fancy that man? Plus he can dance, who knew! I have heard he's somewhat bemused by all the ZOMG, but that just makes him that much ZOMG-ier. Smile

GreenGlass's picture

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I never saw him as attractive until this conversation. I see it now! Biggrin

TheFerret's picture

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it really is about the voice, isnt it? For pure voice appeal - Kelsey Grammar and David Ogden Steirs. They melt me.

For hot hot - Michael T Weiss, Peter Wingfield and Adrien Paul. Yeah, I got faces to my fantasies.

KtO's picture

Been about the voice; makes it or breaks it for me.

I once dreamt that I'd finally conquered the world; I woke up every morning to the smells of fresh-brewed espresso and sliced blood oranges, and my "alarm clock" was Alan Rickman reading me sonnets.

I mourn this dream, as I will never get one like that again.

BCT's picture

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I usually prefer the lean, skinny type as opposed to the buff type, but Jackson Davis makes me melt into a tiny little puddle of BCT.

Huge image ahoy:
http://www.prweb.com/prfiles/2008/08/26/774674/SarahandJonas.jpeg

He's the one on the right. He plays Jonas on LG15 and lg15: The Resistance. In the latter, he doesn't go four episodes without taking his shirt off at least once. This pleases me greatly.

lurker's picture

If I had to describe my perfect man, I'd first have to start out with intelligence. No dumb jocks for me. I want someone I can have an intelligent conversation with. Preferably someone with a similar level of education. (I'm in my 7th year of college, and working on my second degree)

Really macho types turn me off. Give me a man who isn't afraid to show a softer side. Someone who doesn't hold to typical 'gender rolls' in the household. I'm horrible at cleaning and other domestic chores. I can cook, and I'm mechanically inclined. I'm much more comfortable with a hammer or screwdriver in my hand than a broom or mop.

As far as physical features, I like tall men. Somewhere around 6'5" or taller would be nice. Not too muscular please, but definitely not flabby. Oh, and long hair. I love long hair on men, especially if it's curly. The hair or skin color isn't important, but there is something about green eyes that draws me. I'm not into the 'scruffy' look either. I want a man who cares about his body and his looks.

He would have to be an animal lover. I am NOT giving up my fur-kids for any man. I can't picture myself raising kids, and in fact, I may be unable to get pregnant. I'm working with my doctor to figure out what's wrong with my girly-parts.

A nice to have, but not essential, would be someone who shares my faith and beliefs. I'm Roman Catholic. I chose this religion as an adult, it just 'feels' right to me. However, he absolutely has to have similar values to those I hold. I value a person based on who they are, not 'what' they are. I have friends of many different faiths, including pagans (no matter how much various family members tell me not to have anything to do with "those" types *eyeroll*). As I tell others "You don't try to convert me, I won't try to convert you". I feel that faith is something you need to find for yourself, not something to be pressured into.

MeiLin's picture

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that's what us types is! Wink

Nye's picture

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I like geeky men, usually a little older than me. I like the thin, tall, long-haired geeks. I also like Asian men and Native American men, particularly slightly toned and long-haired. Hmmmmmmmmmmmgods.

I like Asian women, or some other sort of exotic, tan-skinned lovely.

It's hard for me to name folks because famous people don't often do it for me. Angelina Jolie would be an exception... other people I've generally liked looking at are not usually the bog names in movies, so I don't necessarily know the names.

In my personal history, though? I'm all over the board. It's the personality and interests that get me, not the body. I may love watching certain body types and looks, but that doesn't mean much. Most of my relationships have been with people who very much aren't my type.

Gudy's picture

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Many famous people don't do it for me, and I'm all over the board as far as type goes. Generally speaking, curvy women are preferable to skinny or obese, naturally dark or red hair wins over natural blond or anything that looks artificial, and long or very short hair wins over anything in between. Geeky is hot (but lamentably rare), as is a sense of humour that at least touches my own (I don't expect an exact match - my humour is way too weird for that).

As for famous people, yup, Angelina Jolie is hot. So was Minnie Driver before she lost weight and got a boob job. Michelle Pfeiffer tends to score high (she blew me totally out of the water in Ladyhawke), and so does Julia Stiles (Ten Things I Hate About You, FTW!). Keira Knightley is way too skinny but has an interesting face, at least. And at the risk of being the creepy guy, I find Emma Watson attractive despite her being way, way, WAY younger than my usual tastes.

Ladyshade's picture

I totally know what you mean about Alan Rickman, although I find that video completely random! Lol!

Hmm,..attractive.. Matthew Mcconaughey. That man is gorgeous. I would describe him as, 'looks good in a t-shirt that actually fits him' good looking. Know what I mean? He has a great body but isn't overbuilt or,.well,.prissy looking. Will smith can pull the same thing off, as can Hugh Jackman. And all of these guys look good cleaned up or sorta scruffy.

Lis's picture

This a bit off topic, but I had the most amazing experience regarding personal beauty this year. Christina Hendricks from Mad Men, although I’d never heard of the woman or show until recently, blew my socks off. Calvin-with-a-snowball-in-the-face style. Rarely, if ever, does one see truly curvaceous (and not the euphemism ‘curvaceous’) women in media. Heroines are either willowy, like the aforementioned Angelina, Natalie Portman, Wynona Rider etc. or ‘big boned’, supposedly representing a truly confident, real woman.

Men see a lot more body variety than women do, from (drool) James McAvoy, to Will Smith, to Sean Connery. Male leads provide a pretty good range of builds. (Sorry, I never know actors names, I’m sure the rest of you can name a much better selection than I can).

So, Christina Hendricks? I luvs her! She’s 5’ 8” and her measurements are 36’ 32’ 36’. It’s so refreshing to see a bust that matches its butt. As a busty chick, (I’m the same height as Hendricks with the same bust, 3’ smaller waist and - sigh - a bigger butt. I’ll try not to hold the last bit against her) I was supper inspired to see a classy looking, not porn star invoking, woman with a curvaceous figure. I glow every time I think of her.

It’s wonderful seeing an attainable beauty, and made me really connect to the recent push for media to represent a wider variety of, not just ethnicities, but body shapes and age ranges. I hadn’t realized how much I swallowed the media module “willowy is romantic” until I was given another option.

MeiLin's picture

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Liv Tyler. Not a waif. Edible, though.

TheBoy's picture

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Given the chance, I probably would, too.

greatmediocrity's picture

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Add Kate Winslett to that particular list, especially from the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind era. Gotta say I agree with a lot of the (female) names already listed as well.

I don't know why, but I have a difficult time understanding what makes guys attractive. All I see are lumpy, hairy things.

MsGamgee's picture

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I LOVE her. SO gorgeous, *sigh*. Indeed, I would eat her right up. Wink

Know who else, though? WAY too old for me, but Hugh Laurie. Mmmmm, why, Dr. House, you shouldn't have.... Blum 3

A's picture

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Emma Thompson told Kate Winslet to never lose weight!

Emma Thompson has also gone on the warpath on behalf of Hayley Atwell whom Miramax was pressuring to lose weight for no reason related to the role, just to be a waifish thing for the movie Brideshead Revisited (they both star in the film). Thompson was so outraged that she called the producers the next day and threatened to resign from the film if they forced Atwell to lose weight. They backed off.

Emma Thompson is my hero. Not only because she stands up for normal body weight for actors or because she subdued a rabid plush fox on David Letterman. She and her husband (WILLOUGHBY!) have adopted a former child soldier from Rwanda and are helping him through college. Go, Emma! Her advocacy? She puts her whole heart and soul into it. The short vid she did I was Elena, tore my heart out. Warning, if you've been sexually abused, it could be triggering.

The more I learn about her, the more I love her. And she's put on a few pounds herself, and you know what? still looks stunning.

A's picture

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Alan Rickman ZOMG. I cannot find the words to express how much I love that man. While generally handsome, he's not drop dead gorgeous, it's his voice and his character/charm/charisma, whatever you call it, that drop dead sexy that you either have or don't.

George Clooney has it all. Fierce intelligence, gorgeous, charisma, voice, everything. Makes me melt. I was a puddle in Ocean's Thirteen.

Kevin Spacey. There's something about him. He's my long lost love from a previous life or something. His spirit calls to mine when I watch him on the screen. Seriously, he mesmerizes me. He's not particularly gorgeous, but intensely attractive to me.

Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Love Actually is my favorite love story movie), John Hannah (seriously, it's half the accent, half the charisma dripping off the man), David Tennant, Ewan McGregor, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher (wistful sigh). I slant massively towards the UK actors. I'm an anglophile, I admit. I have to agree with Matthew McConnaughey, though, that man's edible.

For women, I'm extremely picky. Just cause they're empirically beautiful doesn't mean I find them attractive. I can't stand Angelina Jolie, Elizabeth Hurley, or a slew of other actresses that while technically physically perfect, are not that lovely to me.

Gwyeneth Paltrow, Sandra Bullock, Emma Thompson, Nicole Kidman, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, all these women I find attractive because there's something more there than just the physical beauty. Emma Thompson was transcendent in Nanny McPhee. Oh, and Nichelle Nichols. I've always thought she was insanely beautiful.

Sarah Palin may be a beauty queen, but attractive? No. All she has to do is open her mouth and, also, then, uh-uh.

Capriox's picture

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Two other advantages that George Clooney has: he's aging *extremely* well (m'm, looking mighty fine with that silver touch), and he's so self-confident, so comfortable with himself, that he can easily pull off being the hambone *and* the lead. The best example of what I mean is his role in 'O Brother Where Art Thou'. (So much love for that movie, and its soundtrack!)

I have this pet theory that self-confidence is one of the biggest turn-ons there is across genders, preferences, and types. It would certainly explain why so many people (especially inexperienced girls) seem to be attracted to individuals that everyone else knows is an asshole. That kind of arrogance can come across as self-confidence, until you realize they're really just a jackass.

Stormy's picture

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person who I find so perfectly handsome that he's almost hard to look at is John Barrowman. *sigh* I miss Torchwood.

I agree with A - intelligence and character are definitely attractiveness enhancers for me. I also need a sense of humor and ability to laugh at oneself. And I definitely prefer women with curves. Liv Tyler is an excellent example, as is her sister. When I first saw Cruel Intentions, I was so pleased that Reese Witherspoon did a scene in a swimming suit and she wasn't a stick! Then I found out she was pregnant when she filmed that and that her "natural" body-type was definitely incredibly slender. Still pretty, just not, yano, really curvy.

MeiLin's picture

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He is a synthetic being put together by a committee of straight women and gay men striving for the perfect male.

Or that'd be true if he weren't such a wicked thing. Wink I love JB in spite of his looks.

Capriox's picture

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Sexiest revived Doctor Who scene ever? David Tennant's Doctor and John Barrowman's Captain Jack having a "guy moment" in the end of the episode Utopia. Sexy boys, sexy attitude, sexy red lighting, sexy saving-the-universe-and-having-an-emotive-conversation-simultaneously.

And for those of you who have seen the first couple episodes of Torchwood, you'll understand when I say that I want John Barrowman to give me handgun lessons ;-D

MeiLin's picture

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...from JB mauling James Marsters at the beginning of season two.

*fwump*

GreenGlass's picture

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John Barrowman? I googled him and just didn't see it. Weird.

MeiLin's picture
Capriox's picture

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Youtube him! Add in fun keywords and enjoy Smile

I just realized, Barrowman behaves like an IRL Embodiment of Nerr.

rdehwyll's picture

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... I can describe the appearances I find attractive. For women, I like petite, dark long hair, and freckles -- also redheads, if the hairstyle is shorter. Not waif thin, but not too voluptuous either -- just a bit of padding and some curves. Call it 'average' body type. To me, personality wins out over looks any day -- if I enjoy their company, they are definitely more attractive.

In men, I admire ... not much, really. I do find myself impressed with height (but that may be because I'm 6' 4" tall myself. )

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

Agreed. Denise Richards could be the most attractive woman on the planet, but if she treats everyone like crap, her personality it a big turn off and she doesn't seem anywhere near as attractive.

On the flipside, a rather plain woman could be much more attractive to be with when she has a great personality.

Though it's hard to name details on what makes for a good personality too. It's about chemistry.

Voyeur's picture

I'd like to put my two cents in for Terrance Zdunich, especially as Graverobber in Repo! The Genetic Opera. Something about men in makeup, and the fact that he's just so freaking talented.

Voyeur's picture

Right now, I'm star-crushing on Daniel Craig. His eyes are incredible, they steal all the scenes in the Bond movies. His individual features aren't pretty, but he simmers with animal magnetism. Also, Hugh Jackman. He sings, he dances, he acts, and he apparently loves his wife. And my first famous person crush, Young Paul Newman, and then 40-something Paul Newman. Another man with the magnetism.

Other than that, no one immediately pops to mind. My actual dating type is tall lean pasty white boys, with scary smarts, and playful senses of humor.

Usually I can pick an attractive female, but no one's thrilling me lately.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

If no one's thrilling you, you need a new "tall lean pasty white boy[]."

Oddfish's picture

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How did I miss this? Although I won't have an answer, as such, since I go down in history as "not lying when I say 'personality'" according to my friends. You could take the hottest man I've ever seen, but if he opens his mouth and something mean and stupid comes out, I squick. Like, full-on ew-I-won't-touch-it-it's-dirty. Even stupid is a bit of a deal-breaker, at least in terms of long-term things, but I can roll with it if they're not horrible to boot. I mean, I'd feel a bit arrogant demanding a genius, and anyway I've known enough really arrogant smart people to know that brains are second to character when it matters. Other than that, I negotiate. We don't have to agree on everything, but I don't think I could really be with a conservative or a religious person because those are some pretty big conflicts and I think we'd both have to give up too much/we'd fight way too often. Probably not going to get together with a huge manly man either; I don't go for androgynous men but when I think of brawny, I think paper towels and that's the end of that. It's also essential that he be able to maintain himself and his living space, because I don't aim to date a child so I expect he be able to wash his own clothes, feed himself and stay hygienic. Anyone looking to me to manage everything is going to be disappointed, because being able to is usually my reason for not doing it (Hey, I had to grow up, the rest of youse is coming with me). I like to think this is still pretty basic stuff, though, since I'm looking for things all adults should know how to do.

As far as famous people I can hold up as examples, I give you Jonathan Rhys Myers, back-in-the-day Jeremy Irons, Henry Cavill, Denis Leary, Chen Chang (Lo from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), Adrian Pasdar, Milo Ventimiglia and David Anders. They pretty much run the gamut, and I hope none of them turn out to be actually horrible people because that would be very sad indeed.

MeiLin's picture

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and raise you a Chow Yun Fat with a side bet of Jet Li. Wink

greatmediocrity's picture

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I got a little scared when I read Jonathan Rhys Myers, because I immediately thought of John Rhys-Davies and felt compelled to ask whether it was Pfr. Maximillian Arturo or Gimli that set you off.

I'm relieved to find out I'd mixed up my Rhyses (pieces).

girlthing's picture

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... Patrick Stewart? anyone? confidence and intelligence and intellectualism....
overall I find it really hard to find anyone all that attractive unless I admire things they are doing. I'm a pretty huge Felicia Day fangirl and I find her really attractive... (kind of funny because my boyfriend has a mancrush on Neil Patrick Harris, and both Neil and Felicia starred in Dr. Horrible. I'm so glad I have a bf who can admit to having a bit of a mancrush. Biggrin )

Capriox's picture

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Patrick Stewart, yes! Captain Picard and Data were and will forever be my favorite Star Trek characters. Another rare man where age is part of the enhancing character, not a detraction.

Speaking of which, does anyone know if there's a way to buy/beg/borrow/steal/stream/view/download the recent Shakespeare's Company performance of Hamlet, starring Stewart and the previously mentioned wonderful David Tennant? I dearly, dearly want to see that, but I live on the wrong side of the pond to have gone to one of the performances this last summer Yellow

girlthing's picture

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I was there this summer and JUST missed the Hamlet show he did. however, I saw two plays there and I didnt see any selling of videos of the performance, and they were pretty insistant on the no-photos or videos policy.
I hear he was amazing though. that would be something to see... *sigh*

greatmediocrity's picture

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Do you watch The Guild?

girlthing's picture

Petitioner

yes! found it after Dr. Horrible. Biggrin I also play World of Warcraft so that web show is right up my alley.

KtO's picture

I'm going to keep this as strictly physical as I can:

I don't have a "type" so much as I'm drawn to people with something facially distinctive. I like strong features, people who don't look like they came off a processing line: Nathan Fillion, Cate Blanchett, Peter Steele in his younger days, Gina Torres, Jensen Ackles (whose eyelashes are a touch too long and lips just a bit too full to truly look "masculine,") the frequently praised Mr. Rickman. Liam Neeson is one in particular who just utterly kills me (particularly in "Rob Roy:" the bathing scene and subsequent "wake up," good God.) Perhaps I'm biased because he resembles my boyfriend facially.

As far as body type goes, I tend to be attracted to those who more have the appearance of health, rather than conforming to any set of measurements. (I'm going to use female examples to illustrate this, since it's a bit easier for me.) Summer Glau is thin, almost whipcord so, but she radiates grace and vitality. Kate Winslet has a Pre-Raphaelite sense of softness, ethereality that acts as a beautiful counterpoint to her physical gravity. Gina Torres looks like she could fling us across a room, the quintessential warrior goddess. All look stunning, all look -healthy-.

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