I Have A Crush On: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon LevittLook, I know I’m married and all. I have a wonderful, loving, supportive and faithful husband who thinks my extra soft parts are beautiful. He thinks it’s “funny” when I don’t shave my legs for a few days, unlike ex boyfriends who would refuse to get in bed with me unless I was silky smooth everywhere (hence why they’re exes). The best part about my husband, though, is his complete lack of jealousy toward My Imaginary Boyfriend.

When I was in junior high, I was not a cool kid by any stretch of the imagination. I wore weird clothes, I read books without pictures, I was a competitive archer and bowhunter, and makeup was an elusive monster. As a result, while my peers were partying and making out and drinking cheap wine coolers their older siblings bought for them, I was sitting at home. Watching TV. With my parents. Luckily, in 1996 one of the greatest sitcoms of my childhood hit the airwaves – Third Rock From The Sun. My parents and I were huge fans of the show, and in the early seasons I remembered feeling extremely
conflicted about the Tommy character, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He was such a weird kid with his long hair, am I right? What a weird kid.

Then, in the third (or perhaps the second) season, Tommy cut his hair. I am almost certain that is what triggered puberty. I instantly grew tits and developed “feelings down there,” and suddenly I had my first celebrity crush that was actually around my age (my unrequited love for Bruce Willis and Jeff Goldblum remain to this day). I became an even more rabid fan of the show and began despising Tommy’s endless run of failed attempts to woo August and then some other bimbos. Look at me, Tommy! I’m right here, faithful to you…well, for at least half an hour, once a week.

Eventually, the show was cancelled, I grew up, moved on, and found other celebrity crushes – Edward Norton, a brief affair with Rory Cochrane (the guy who plays Lucas in Empire Records), but never really finding what I needed in a celebrity crush. I never was the girl who had posters of Brad Pitt on the wall or went nuts when Matthew McCona-however-you-spell-it took his shirt off (in EVERY movie), I just enjoyed fine actors who turned out stellar performances. I was more likely to go see a movie with Steve Buscemi in it than whatever heartthrob was making the most magazine covers that month. I got
married, I got divorced, I got caught up in Real Life and Harry Potter movies and forgot about finding another Imaginary Boyfriend to ogle late at night on the internet when I can’t sleep.

And then, Inception came out.

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    • peaches

      Wow its like someone read my mind. My guess is you were more excited about the dark knight,rises dvd release than christmas. I know i was.

    • Porkchop

      Everyone looked so good in Inception. That’s why it was so confusing.

      • http://twitter.com/TanishaLove Tanisha L. Ramirez

        So true! Tom Hardy in Inception put him on my crush map. “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling” Droooool.

    • http://twitter.com/TanishaLove Tanisha L. Ramirez

      JLG has steadily climbed my adult crush list. I usually like big, tall, athletic guys, but JLG has broken that mold, fo’ sho’! What sealed the deal is when I saw his acoustic rendition of “Ignition”.

    • Esperanza Katharine Sanchez

      As a young girl, in the mid 1990s, I also had a crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I was very sad when the show ended. I never got over my crush, especially after seeing him in Havoc. But, it was always a sweet out of sight out of mind adolescence crush. However when I saw Inception, I liked him even more. The Dark Night Rises and various interviews promoting the film reinforce my crush for him. I even when back to my DVDs to get my JGL fix. In the process, I purchased (500) Days of Summer, which in the past I was reluctant to see, and ran into a few of my students, that I tutored, at Barnes and Noble. When I told them that I was purchasing the film because of my crush, they gasped and sighted and told me they have a crush on him too. This made me laugh, but made me wonder about if my students will continue to have same crush as they become adults, just as the author and I.

    • annejumps

      I know, right?