Childhood Crushes: The Weird Kid Edition

I’ve blogged about how I was a weird kid before when I divulged my favorite games as a child. I was getting my hair done at my favorite salon last weekend, and we got on the subject of boy bands somehow. One of the stylists was talking about how One Direction is her daughter’s first “boy band” and how that endears them to her somewhat. I got to thinking about MY first boy band, and realized that when N*Sync and Backstreet Boys were popular (I was in my early teenage years), I didn’t give a rat’s ass about them. I actually made fun of them. My first boy band? The Beatles.

Then I got to thinking about how I never had a crush on Justin Timberlake, or Nick Carter. I got to thinking about my early crushes, and figured I’d share them with you so you can either nod your head in agreement because you were/are a weird kid too, or wonder what’s wrong with me. Either way, I hope you enjoy my list.

1. Sam Neill.

sam neill as alan grant from jurassic park

You never forget your first love.

Okay, so, Jurassic Park came out when I was nine. I was obsessed with this movie. I saw it three times in the theater. That’s a LOT for a nine year old kid. This is my earliest memory of a crush. I was madly in love with Sam Neill A.K.A Dr. Alan Grant. My crush on him continued into my teen years, when I fell in love with him again when he played Merlin on that T.V. miniseries that no one remembers. So what if he was like, eighty when I was nine? It was true love.

2. Paul McCartney circa the 1960s.

I stand by this one.

My mother was a bonafide Beatlemaniac. Screaming, wailing, flailing; she was a genuine crazy fangirl. My love for the Beatles was born when they aired the Beatles Anthology on T.V. in 1995. After that, I became a genuine crazy fangirl as well. My favorite Beatle was Paul (it has since changed to John), and I was madly in love with him. Well. I was madly in love with 1960s Paul. I would swoon whenever I watched A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, imagining myself dancing with him and being his girlfriend. I wasn’t into modern-day Paul; just 1960s Paul.

3. Bill Pullman.

Maybe it was his… Er… Or.. His……. I got nothin’.

After Casper came out, I fell deeply in love with Bill Pullman. Why? I don’t even fucking remember. I mean, I guess he’s OK looking? But I was seriously moony over him. I guess I had a thing for older guys, which was kind of foreshadowing because my first real boyfriend was 9 years older than me. Casper leads me into my next crush, who was slightly more age-appropriate..

4. Devon Sawa.

Can I keep you?

What Tween girl in the mid-nineties WASN’T in love with Devon Sawa? Even though he was in like, three movies, he was just gorgeous. Then he was in Idle Hands and kind of looked like a sweaty crack addict, and then he was in Final Destination and died (in the movie, not in real life) and wasn’t attractive anymore. The end.

5. Leonardo DiCaprio.

I stand by this one, too. JUST LOOK AT THAT SMOLDER.

Because, DUH. Titanic came out when I was 13, and I saw that movie SIX TIMES in the theater. SIX. TIMES. That is almost an entire DAY OF MY LIFE that I spent watching that movie. Doesn’t matter. I bawled like a baby every time I watched it, partially because it was sad as fuck and partially because I was really upset that Leo was 9 years older than me and at the time, hadn’t met my older beau. I don’t think he’s so adorable now, but he is one of my favorite actors.

Those were some of my earliest celebrity crushes. As I got older, my taste in men changed. I’ll post about that another time. I’ll tell you this: you might think I’m insane for some of the guys I crushed on when I hit my early twenties.

Who were your first celebrity crushes?

Comments

  1. I still think you’re insane for your choices. Except for me, and I mean let’s face it who wouldn’t?

  2. I’ll see your Bill Pullman and raise you Anthony Edwards from ER.

    And Devon Sawa is on twitter: @devonesawa Still kinda creepy/crazy but now he tweets about it!
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  3. Leonardo had me in Titanic let’s see I have an adult crush on Idris Elba but I never really looked at tv until I went to college so this does count lol
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  4. Tinamari Coleman says:

    Bill Pullman in Newsies…the entire cast, actually! Leo Decap of course, that Casper kid you posted, and then Harry Connick Jr…my one true love.

  5. Kathryn Lyons says:

    I had a thing for Bill Pullman, too. Don't worry. It wasn't just you.

  6. I see your Bill Pullman & Anthony Edwards and raise you David Bowie as the Goblin King in Labyrinth.

  7. Well, clearly I'm way older than you, because when Titanic came out I was a freshman in college. But I cried every time I watched it (six times in the theater thanks to the theater manager having an account where my mom works and giving me free passes) and thought Leo was way cute. And having a crush on 1960s McCartney is NOT weird. He was a total hottie. My first celeb crush was Kirk Cameron back in the Growing Pains days, but then New Kids on the Block came along and it was all, "Oh my gosh, I'm going to MARRY Joey McIntyre!" When he had his comeback when I was in college I was dating my husband and he was super-threatened.

    • I was in love with Donnie from NKOTB. I think it was his “bad boy” charm. I actually just realized that my declaration that I’ve never really liked boy bands is a lie. I was a total NKOTB fangirl.

  8. 1970’s Justin Hayward from the Moody Blues. I discovered him on YouTube when I was in college and OH MY GOSH so unfair he is no longer that super-hot age … but instead like 70. Also Kenneth Branaugh in Hamlet. The question is, do you even know who I’m talking about? That’s how obscure my crushes are.
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  9. Here’s him being hot in 1970: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wDHvmCVRxU You’re welcome. Though I think maybe it’s his voice that I’m in love with. Or his great lyrics.
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  10. While I was crushing on John Stamos as Uncle Jessie, I had a friend that had a crush on Bod Saget. She will still totally admit to it, too. I had a crush on Devon Sawa as well and everyone was telling me I looked like Christina Ricci so I TOTALLY thought that meant Devon and I were somehow connected. I also had a crush on Taylor from Hanson. (SHUT UP). I was obsessed with Leonardo Dicaprio, but that happened before Titanic, I fell for him when he was in Romeo and Juliet. I spent a fortune on Leo posters and wall papered my room with them. Lastly, I became obsessed with Mark Wahlberg when he was in FEAR. I don’t know why. He played a total psycho.
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  11. While I was crushing on John Stamos as Uncle Jessie, I had a friend that had a crush on Bod Saget. She will still totally admit to it, too. I had a crush on Devon Sawa as well and everyone was telling me I looked like Christina Ricci so I TOTALLY thought that meant Devon and I were somehow connected. I also had a crush on Taylor from Hanson. (SHUT UP). I was obsessed with Leonardo Dicaprio, but that happened before Titanic, I fell for him when he was in Romeo and Juliet. I spent a fortune on Leo posters and wall papered my room with them. Lastly, I became obsessed with Mark Wahlberg when he was in FEAR. I don’t know why. He played a total psycho.

    • Uh, I totally had a John Stamos crush, too. Didn’t EVERYONE? Now. Bob Sagat? I’m not sure I trust anyone who would have a crush on Bob Sagat. And I’m not judging you for your Taylor Hanson crush. This post is all about letting our childhood crush freak flags fly, my friend. Let it fly.

  12. I know this post is old, but I came across it while Goolging ‘Bill Pullman.’ I decided to post because I have to say that I too had a crush on all of these people when I was younger, and some of them I still like today, like: Leonardo DiCaprio.
    I wanted to say that from this list, Sam Neill was my first crush…I discovered him in that TV Mini-Series ‘Merlin’. I still love watching that show to this day…I at least remember ‘Merlin!’

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