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Breaking it off with those other guys

March 21, 2006 | Category: In My Life

My crushes have matured. It makes me sad.

When I was a teenager, I was ga-ga for Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy. OK, I am STILL ga-ga for him. Talk, dark, brooding, loyal, confident, good, rich, and able to see beyond all the superficialities to fall in love with someone who the rest of the world would deem less than him.


I cheated on Darcy with that guy from Highlander. Talk, dark, talked with an accent, wielded a sword, and had a bitchin' ponytail. Poor Darcy, with his chaste kisses, had to stand on the side while me and Highlander guy did all sorts of naughty things in my dreams....

I can't remember the actor who played Highlander guy, but to be honest it's never been about the actors. Actors are guys, with the foibles and flaws that all human beings are prone to. My fantasy crushes stay just that... fantasies. Characters from imagination.

I dumped Highlander guy for Mr. Darcy when the BBC did that amazing mini-series. I was reminded of my long-lost crush and found a battered old copy of Pride and Prejudice to re-read (again and again).

Then I discovered the television show "Farscape" and fell utterly for John Crichton. Tall, tanned, passionate, strong, honest, and all about the teamwork.

But I am fickle, and behind John's back I was melting for Josh Lyman from the "West Wing". Others may point out that Sam Seaborn was more my type - tall, dark, etc... but it was Josh's enthusiasm and intelligence that had me giggling on my sofa.

John and Josh continue to delight, but recently I have been thinking about breaking it off with both of them in favor of Leo Wyatt. Again, a television show - this one called "Charmed". Leo is tall, tan, a good listener, a healer, strong, and passionate. His is the wisdom of 80 in the limber good looks of 35. And he cleans up, watches the kids, comes when he's called in a flash, adores his partner loyally, makes the right moral choices, and.... serves tea.

This? Is a character I can get hot for.

I'm just saying.

I was never one of those who had teen idol posters on my walls or swooned for an autograph. I have always been grounded in reality so deep that even suspending my disbelief to get through a 1-hour show took some doing. CD long ago got used to my desire for new magazines or how-to shows.

But everyone has a sweet tooth of some kind, a guilty pleasure. And right now? Mine is Leo.


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I'm the same way... all about the character. I loved Tristan in Legends of the Fall but am not all over Brad Pitt's other characters. I'll take Legolas but might not notice Orlando Bloom elsewhere.

And Johnny Depp didn't turn my head even once until Captain Jack Sparrow came upon the scene. Yum.

Posted by: JustLinda on March 25, 2006 03:28 PM

Ah yes... Adrian Paul... Highlander... Mmmmmmm

Posted by: Stacy on March 22, 2006 08:36 PM

Oh, and it was Simon from Firefly that did it for me, not Mal. Mal was a cutie but I couldn't get over the fact that I'd watched him in the one and only soap I've ever watched back in the mid-90s. I kept wanting to snicker and point at him.

Posted by: Anna on March 22, 2006 08:01 PM

Trip was on Enterprise, not Voyager. And yes, he was a yummy one. Wesley from Angel was my most recent character crush...mmmm.

Posted by: Anna on March 22, 2006 07:59 PM

I am currently in serious crush with "Sawyer" from Lost. He makes me want to be in a plane crash.

Posted by: Tammy on March 22, 2006 03:18 PM

The Highlander guy? Christopher Lambert. When he talks he sounds like a real thick-o, but who really needs him to talk? Just make sure he has the kilt.

Posted by: Helen on March 22, 2006 02:54 PM

Gosh...I had the same list of crushes. Now John Chricton is back as Col. Mitchell and I have to say, the crush has returned. Which makes that show lethal as I have a huge crush on Daniel Jackson as well - so I'm not sure how to deal with dueling crushes with one show. That's some tension.

Then there was Trip on StarTrek Voyager (I have a wee Sci-Fi addiction, you might notice). And actually, Dr. Beckett on StarGate Atlantis can give me a physical anytime he wants. Well, him and House, actually.

Hm. I now I notice I cheat on my character crushes a lot.

Posted by: beth on March 22, 2006 09:46 AM

I'm right there with you on Darcy and Crichton but what about Mal Reynolds of Firefly?

Posted by: Tracey on March 21, 2006 09:35 PM

All very good choices. :)

Mine is Clark Kent--as played by Dean Cain. MMMM... :)

Posted by: Angie on March 21, 2006 07:10 PM

The Highlander guy you are talking about if it is from the TV show is Adrian Paul. I agree he is HOT! I loved that show.

Posted by: crystal on March 21, 2006 05:45 PM