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Who's Our Favorite Adam?

This Ben vote was crazy. SO. CLOSE. Like, practically an even distribution between Stiller, Bratt, McKenzie, and Affleck. First, lots of love to you McKenzie fans for sharing why he's so great in the comments. I love it when good guys get their deserved attention. But alas, he didn't win. He came in third but barely. 

Your favorite Ben is...

Ben Stiller!

This week is Adam week, and then next week - our final regular week of voting - is for guys who have singular names (think Benedict, Leonardo, Denzel, etc.). In other words, NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE IMPOSSIBLE but so fun.

Now let's vote for our favorite Adam!


Adam Brody

Where We've Seen Him

The O.C., Gilmore Girls, In the Land of Women, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, New Girl, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. 

Why We Love Him

I'm disappointed in myself for never watching The O.C. because I missed out on both Ben McKenzie and Adam being apparently awesome. Based on how much I loved Adam's portrayal of Dave in Gilmore Girls, I think I'd be obsessed with Seth Cohen. He's so hot. SOOOO HOT. And his smile and smirk and hair sweep and all of it is just too much. His interests include music ranging from Sinatra to indie rock (of course he's a drummer in a band), old horror movies, animals (owns a dog and a horse), and has a new baby with his wife, Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester. 

ALSO HE WAS SUPPOSED TO PLAY NED ON PUSHING DAISIES BUT PULLED OUT BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE ON TV AGAIN SO SOON AFTER THE O.C. OHMYWORD WHAT IS HAPPENING. 


Adam Devine

Where We've Seen Him

Pitch Perfect, The Intern, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Modern Family, and Workaholics. You can also see him getting waxed in a Geico commercial.

Why We Love Him

He's funny; we love funny guys. He's been around for barely five years; Workaholics started in 2011, and he got Pitch Perfect the following year. Doesn't it feel like we've known him for a lot longer? His favorite thing is stand-up comedy which he hopes to do long after he's finished with television and movies. 


Adam Driver

Where We've Seen Him

Girls, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Inside Llewyn Davis, Silence, This Is Where I Leave You, and Lincoln.

Why We Love Him

First thing you might not know about Adam Driver that will make you love him: after the attacks on 9/11, he enlisted in the Marines and served for two years until he was medically discharged due to a mountain biking injury. Now he runs a foundation called Arts in the Armed Forces, bringing theater to the military. I mean, come on. He's crazy smart, graduating from Juilliard. And, yes, he has an incredibly unique face and not at all traditionally handsome. But you hear him speak and watch him perform, and suddenly things change. He received immediate notoriety from Girls (not everyone's cup of tea), but I believe his entire body of work will be on par with some of the greats. 


Adam Levine

Where We've Seen Him

The Voice, Begin Again, Pitch Perfect 2, American Horror Story, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and an episode each of Broad City and 30 Rock.

Why We Love Him

He's a hot musician who's talented, charming, and covered in tattoos. If I were a contestant on The Voice and it wasn't an Alicia Keys season, I'd beg for Adam's team. He's been connected to Hollywood for awhile, working as a writer's assistant in the music department for the show Judging Amy, and he's been friends with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Segal since kindergarten. Did I mention he's hot?


Adam McKay

Where We've Seen Him

Probably not many places, but you know him. He's the mind behind a string of comedies like Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Talladega Nights and then goes to the other other end with movies like The Big Short and the upcoming Bad Blood with Jennifer Lawrence. And do you listen to the podcast Surprisingly Awesome from Gimlet Media? He's one of the co-hosts. Super smart guy who's made an impact on film without being recognized in an airport.

Why We Love Him

If you love his work, you know him and love him. And, y'all, this guy is incredibly talented and inventive. He's a founder of Upright Citizens Brigade and one of the co-founders of the website Funny or Die. I mean, seriously? He's restructured comedy as we know it, and even if we don't know him, we sure what he's done.


Adam Pally

Where We've Seen Him

The Mindy Project, Happy Endings, Dirty Grandpa, and a smattering of spots on various sketch shows.  

Why We Love Him

He's a supporting player who steals the show; he's my favorite just because he comes on screen. What's funny is that he's been married for ten years and has two kids but comes off as a self-described "bro." He's simglehandedly trying to eliminate the negative, drunk frat boy connotation, saying, "I call on bros to put on their visors again and come out of their dorms and hang out in public and be proud of it. Put on your Dave Matthews CDs and dance around." And he says a bro's favorite movie is Caddyshack. His, too. So endearing I can't stand it. 


Adam Sandler

Where We've Seen Him

Saturday Night Live, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Big Daddy, Punch-Drunk Love, Anger Management, The Longest Yard, Spanglish, Grown Ups, Just Go With It, and honestly a ton more 

Why We Love Him

Talk about bros... he's a Mets fan, super into professional wrestling, and a Republican in Hollywood. He seems mainstream now, but that's because he went against the grain and created an entirely new genre of comedy. He's polarizing since he's not to everyone's taste, but the guy is massively successful, making movie after movie that people still want to see. I wasn't exposed to Sandler when he exploded in the 90s, but I sure did love him in 50 First Dates. That movie charms me to this day. 


Adam Scott

Where We've Seen Him

Parks and Rec, Big Little Lies, The Good Place, Sleeping with Other People, They Came Together, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Burning Love, Friends with Kids, Party Down, and Step Brothers.

Why We Love Him

Minus the neuroses, he's really similar to Ben, his character on Parks and Rec, and Ben was a fantastic human. Adam Scott is charming, easy-going, a family man with an 8 year-old and a 10 year-old, and can wear a skinny tie like no one I've ever seen. He's simply funny and delightful. Also he was one of the final choices to play Jim on The Office. WHAAAAAAA.


Time to vote!

Who's Our Favorite Ben?

Another Friday of Hot Guy faces, and all is well. If your Valentine's weekend is lame, at least this is fun!

Last week, we voted for our favorite Jim, and while Caviezel made an impressive showing, your heart's choice was no surprise.

Your favorite Jim is...

Jimmy Fallon!

Of course it was. Well done, everyone. You know what shocked me though? Jim Carrey was the lowest vote-getter! Didn't expect that one. I guess you guys aren't teenage-boy-comedy fans. 

Let's get to our favorite Ben.

Here's the thing about Ben Week: it seems like a slam dunk. Affleck is the noted A-lister, but he's gripping the edge to stay there. There are a lot of sentimental favorites on this list, so I'm excited to see who wins out. I'm counting on a close one. (Spoiler: he's not my favorite Ben.) Let's get to it!


Ben AffIeck

Where We've Seen Him

Good Will Hunting, Gone Girl, The Town, Argo, He's Just Not That Into You, Gigli, Jersey Girl, Daredevil, Pearl Harbor, Shakespeare in Love, Armageddon, Chasing Amy, and the new Batman movies.

Why We Love Him

He's polarizing, y'all. You either love him or you're pretty annoyed with him. I feel bad for the guy because he's incredibly talented but has a gigantic chip on his shoulder, always trying to prove he's just as good and likable as Matt Damon. (He's not; no one is.) Consequently, he tries super hard to get us to like him, and I think he's starting to crumble under the pressure. And he misses Jen. Well, we miss Jen making him more comfortable and confident in who he is. But if you don't think he's good, watch The Town. Or Argo. Pay attention to the scripts of Gone Baby Gone and Good Will Hunting. He's a huge talent, just maybe not as a leading man.


Ben Barnes

Where We've Seen Him

Westworld, Dorian Gray, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Stardust.

Why We Love Him

We all have that one celebrity crush that's under the radar but grabs us and won't let go. Ben Barnes is not that person for me, but I know people who would walk over hot coals to smell his hair. He's tall, British, musical, and handsome... all you need.


Benjamin Bratt

Where We've Seen Him

Law and Order, Modern Family, Miss Congeniality, Doctor Strange, 24: Live Another Day, Traffic, Private Practice, Catwoman, and as my personal favorite Ranger Johnny in The River Wild.

Why We Love Him

Umm, he's bonkers hot. Like, SURRIOUSLY. And can we discuss how he's aged better than possible any human on earth? Because he's 53 and just as hot as he was at 33. He's laid-back and super into hanging out with family, and a moment of silence for his relationship with Julia Roberts once upon a time. 

And, yes, that picture is amazing.


Ben Feldman

Where We've Seen Him

Superstore, Silicon Valley, The Mindy Project, Mad Men, Cloverfield, and Drop Dead Diva.

Why We Love Him

He's extremely attractive, Extremely. But more than that, he's a genuinely funny, charming, adorably pessimistic person. Every interview I've ever read makes me love him even more than his performances already had. No one plays a better likable snob.

P.S. If you're not watching Superstore, you're missing out on one of the great joys in life. In an atmosphere of real-life drama, it's the levity you need.


Ben Foster

Where We've Seen Him

Hell or High Water, Lone Survivor, 3:10 to Yuma, Six Feet Under, Hostage, The Punisher, Bang Bang You're Dead, and two episodes of Freaks and Geeks.

Why We Love Him

He's another one of those secret crushes that might have its hold on some of you. It's hard to love him for the characters he plays since most of them are, umm, CRAZY, but he's a hot crazy. It makes a difference. And if you think he looks familiar but not from any movies you've seen, he was with Robin Wright for a couple of years and is now engaged to Laura Prepon and expecting a little Hollywood baby.


Ben Kingsley

Where We've Seen Him

Gandhi, The Jungle Book, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Hugo, Ender's Game, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island, Love Guru, House of Sand and Fog, Tuck Everlasting, and Schindler's List.

Why We Love Him

Umm, when a guy can play Gandhi and also hold his own opposite Mike Meyers in Love Guru? I mean... RANGE. He has 133 acting credits over a 40-ish year career, and we've all seen him in something. Every film might not be a hit, but you can count on his performance being fantastic. Plus I have a thing for bald guys. He's so handsome. Regal. Shakespearean. I'll stop now.


Ben McKenzie

Where We've Seen Him

The O.C., Gotham, Southland, and a lovely movie no one has ever seen called Junebug.

Why We Love Him

If Ryan Atwood has your heart, you're done for. But here's something crazy. He played football in high school... WITH DREW BREES. Drew Brees is the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and has a Super Bowl ring. They were teammates. Ben is now a Saints fan. I LOVE THAT OHMYGOSH. He's a self-described loner which makes him kind of sexy, right? The brooding hot guy in the corner always makes the hearts of every high school girl go aflutter. 


Ben Mendelsohn

Where We've Seen Him

Bloodline, Rogue One, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Dark Knight Rises, and Animal Kingdom.

Why We Love Him

He's on the Mount Rushmore of great character actors, and while he's not been on the American radar very long, he's been a huge star in Australia since he was a kid. We'll see if his recent surge from the Star Wars juggernaut gets him in the spotlight even more. His upcoming films? Ready Player One (a great book being adapted to film), a gritty remake of Robin Hood (starring Jamie Dornan, Jamie Foxx, and and Taron Egerton), and an epic Joe Wright film about Winston Churchill (John Hurt, Lily James, Gary Oldman, and Kristin Scott Thomas also starring). You'll be hearing his name a lot more in the next year or two.


Ben Stiller

Where We've Seen Him

There's Something About Mary, Zoolander, Night at the Museum, Meet the Parents, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Arrested Development, Tropic Thunder, Along Came Polly, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Reality Bites.

Why We Love Him

We'll use the standard sentence for a guy like this: he's super funny and also incredibly talented. Sound about right? He could've folded under the pressure of being Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara's son, but he didn't. He also has a Tom Cruise impression that moves mountains. And he's been married to Christine Taylor for 17 years. Praise.


Ben Whishaw

Where We've Seen Him

The Hour, The Danish Girl, played Q in both Spectre and Skyfall, Suffragette, In the Heart of the Sea, Cloud Atlas, and The Hollow Crown. He's also starring in the Mary Poppins remake with Emily Blunt, Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and friggin Lin-Manuel Miranda. THAT MOVIE IS GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

Why We Love Him

The Hour is your favorite show you haven't seen yet, and Ben is magical as the lead. He's not traditionally handsome, but he has a beautifully British voice that matches his intellectual lankiness perfectly, i.e. he's British hot (see Colin Firth). He's not terribly well known, but he's arguably one of the most talented actors in Hollywood. After you see Mary Poppins next year, come back here and tell me how much you love him.

 


Time to vote!

Who's Our Favorite Jim?

Happy Friday, guys! After today, we have just three more Fridays of voting for our favorite names. And they're good ones. But don't worry... I have plans to extend looking at pretty pictures of famous people for as long as possible. 

Last week, we voted for our favorite Patrick. I figured it would come down to a close race between Dempsey and Stewart, and I was correct. I was, however, pleasantly surprised at the winner. Maybe it was the photo.

Your favorite Patrick is...

Patrick Stewart!

He is my sister's favorite Patrick, and this is her favorite photo of him. You can send your thank you notes to her hashtag forearms.

Okay, let's dive into the vote for our favorite Jim! And, no, you can't choose Jim Halpert.


Jim Carrey

Where We've Seen Him

Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura, The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bruce Almighty, The Majestic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Liar Liar, and The Mask. Wow, that's a lot of popular movies.

Why We Love Him

Yeah, he's kind of a big deal, or at least was a decade ago. Uniquely funny and surprisingly handsome from certain angles, Jim Carrey was the icon of film comedy during the 90s. He's a goofball and also pretty broken... as many comedians are. His family was extremely poor, and he worked eight hour shifts after school to help keep his family afloat. My favorite bit is that as a kid he'd wear tap shoes to bed in case his parents "needed cheering up in the middle of the night." 


Jim Caviezel

Where We've Seen Him

he Passion of the Christ, Person of Interest, The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Thin Red Line.

Why We Love Him

Have you recently spent any time looking at this man's face? Because he is HAWWWT. Which is weird to say because I totally can't look at him without thinking of Jesus and I'm pretty sure we're not allowed to think of Jesus as hot. But we can think Jim is, especially when you hear a few things about him. He's super athletic... like NBA-level athletic until an injury ended his college career. He's super religious and refuses to do sex scenes. And he met his wife on a blind date in NINETEEN NINETY-THREE. She's a school teacher. They've been married or twenty years and have three adopted children. BE STILL MY HEART, HE'S A NORMAL.


Jimmy Fallon

Where We've Seen Him

Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show.

Why We Love Him

Jimmy Fallon is the avatar of dorky adorableness. I'm not sure there's much else to say... except that I hope he's less dependent on alcohol as he seems to be. I want him to stick around a long time.


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Jimmy Kimmel

Where We've Seen Him

The Man Show, Win Ben Stein's Money, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He also killed it hosting the Emmys last year and will host the Oscars later this month. Great call. 

Why We Love Him

He's one of my personal favorite television personalities. He's dry, incredibly funny, super hot ever since that beard came on the scene, and he doesn't let anyone off the hook. Plus that segment on his show where parents record telling their kids they ate their Halloween candy is one of the highlights of my year. 


Jim Parsons

Where We've Seen Him

The Big Bang Theory, Hidden Figures, The Normal Heart, Judging Amy, and Garden State.

Why We Love Him

I've never gotten into The Big Bang Theory, but I realize that MILLIONS of people are since it's been one of the top rated comedies on television for years. And that's all because of Sheldon, so Jim Parsons is a strong contender. Also he was voted the friendliest person in his high school graduating class. That makes me like him even more. Friendliness, especially in high school, is a lovely thing.


Jimmy Smits

Where We've Seen Him

NYPD Blue, Sons of Anarchy, a few of the Star Wars movies, Dexter, The West Wing, LA Law, and he's in the new 24 that premieres on Sunday.

Why We Love Him

He's so suave, right? That voice? And those cheekbones? Also he's brainy with a Master's from Cornell. And even though this is so dumb, Jimmy is not short for James; his given name is Jimmy. I LOVE THAT.


The votes are in! Your favorite is Fallon!