We have all had one. Don’t tell me you haven’t, because it’s not true. Somewhere down the road you have had a crush on a celebrity. Maybe it was a model, music artist, television or movie star or maybe a sports person…it doesn’t matter which, at some point in your life your heart went pitter patter for someone you have seen on the screen. So, who was it? Let me know in the comments please, inquiring minds would like to know.
I will fully admit, that at the age of six I had a thing for the 6 Million Dollar man, Steve Austin. Rumor has it I would run around the house in slow motion making the bionic noise. If you don’t know what I am talking about, please look it up on You Tube. If you can imagine a little 6-year-old girl in a Dorothy Hamill haircut doing this, it’s pretty funny. Sounds about right for me. Also, full disclosure, that same year I tumbled all over the living room during the summer Olympics thinking I was Nadia Comaneci getting a gold medal. That wasn’t a crush, but I had to mention it before one of my siblings did.
Flash forward 6 years to 1982. A new show entered the NBC lineup and from the moment I saw the older brother character I was in love. I am talking about that preppy boy Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties. Something about him just got me. I made sure I was in front of the television every week. Also, that year I fell in love with Jason Bateman from Siver Spoons. Most girls I knew liked Ricky Schroeder, but not me.
So, I was a regular girl reading all the magazines like Tiger Beat and 16, tearing out the pictures and hanging them up on the wall. They changed from time to time as I got older. In 1985 I was hit with a new crush…Mike Seaver of Growing Pains played by Kirk Cameron. Cute smile, a little bit of a troublemaker (not real bad boy stuff, just small kind trouble). But then…a bunch of movies started hitting the screen with cute guys everywhere.
I did not see The Breakfast Club in the theater when it came out that year, but my friend Clare and I got in to see St. Elmo’s Fire. We were both 15 and went to an afternoon show. The kid behind the ticket booth asked if we were 17. Clare said yes right away; I looked at him with a little smirk and tilt of the head and said almost. He let us both in. I was at that moment, watching that movie a forever Brat Pack fan. I just watched this movie the other day…still love it and still an Andrew McCarthy fan, but instead of seeing him on the screen now, I enjoy his books and travel writing.
And don’t think crushes end when your teenage years end. They continue into adult hood. Maybe your heart doesn’t swoon like when you were a kid, but you can look at a celebrity and think that person is niiicceeeee. For me, Bradley Cooper comes to mind, also Alex O’Loughlin from the recent Hawaii 5-0. Some older crushes actually get better looking with age. Rob Lowe was too pretty looking for me when he was younger but looks good now. I always liked Robert Dowing Jr., but it wasn’t until he cleaned up and stopped using drugs and got a little older that I thought he was good looking. And the best example is George Clooney. I watched him on Facts of Life, but it wasn’t until he became Dr. Doug Ross on E.R. that I really noticed him.
Celebrity crushes are just a simple fact of life. Don’t think from all these examples that I was boy crazy or anything. I am very particular about who I like in real life. As I look over the ones mentioned here, I realize I could have listed a thousand more. But now that I have listed a few of mine; it’s your turn to tell me…
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