Celebrities are surely calm, cool and collected around other celebrities, right? After all, they’re all professionals working in the same business together. A celebrity crushing on another celeb would be akin to crushing on someone at the office – so passé. However, it happens far more often than you might think. After all, celebs are human too.
Who they’re crushing on, however, might surprise you a little bit. Some celebrity crushes are pretty predictable – every woman who’s seen the Magic Mike movies likely harbors a crush for Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello, and the popularity of actors dating models means many leading men likely lust after the Victoria’s Secret Angels.
At the end of the day, every person has unique taste and a specific list of what gets them going, whether it’s six pack abs or a great sense of humor. Some celebrities have had crushes on a certain other celeb from before they were famous, when they were just a regular person watching their celebrity crush on screen. Others have a crush on someone who seems a strange mis-match to the public.
Though we might think their star power allows them to get any partner they want, even celebrities aren’t immune to a little unrequited crush here and there – let’s just hope that none of these celebs ever have to work with their crushes, or things might get a little bit awkward!
Here are 10 celebrities and the fellow celebrities they’ve stated that they’re crushing on.
10 Lena Dunham (crush on Jimmy Fallon)
Lena Dunham’s crush on funny guy Jimmy Fallon isn’t a recent development – it’s one she’s been nurturing for quite some time. On one appearance on Fallon’s show, she spilled the beans, telling him that “I was like really obsessed with you in high school, like in a way that was a little crazy.” Dunham even acquired a napkin that Fallon had signed and kept it as a treasured possession. Growing up in New York City, Dunham had a bit more opportunity to rub elbows with celebrities than a celebrity growing up in the Midwest may have, and she even met Jimmy Fallon at a party when she was 17. One can only imagine how much she fan-girled! Dunham’s crush went so far that she even incorporated Fallon into her creative process, writing a play about herself and Fallon switching bodies. She was only 15, granted, but still. That’s devotion. Let’s hope boyfriend Jack Antonoff doesn’t get too jealous!
9 Carey Mulligan (crush on Mario Lopez)
You would think that English rose Carey Mulligan developed a crush on some classically trained British actor that she saw on the stage growing up, perhaps, right? Wrong. Mulligan is apparently a fan of everyone’s favorite wrestler on Saved By The Bell. That’s right – a certain A.C. Slater, played by Mario Lopez. Mulligan’s crush certainly wasn’t helped by the fact that Lopez now works the red carpet for a variety of entertainment news outlets, as she commented that “all the way through awards season, every time we did a red carpet and I saw A.C. Slater, I was like a complete disaster. I went bright red.” She’s married to Marcus Mumford, of the band Mumford and Sons, so even if Lopez is within “kissing distance,” as Mulligan termed it, she’s a committed lady now.
8 Eva Mendes (crush on Liam Gallagher)
Just as British actress Carey Mulligan crushed on someone from across the pond in America, bombshell Eva Mendes has a taste for the foreign as well – British rock stars, in particular. Mendes has raved about her love for the city of Manchester and how cool it is, and expressed her love for British bands like Oasis, the Stone Roses and The Smiths. However, there was one rock star who stood out to her – Oasis’ Liam Gallagher. According to Mendes, “Liam Gallagher is definitely one of the sexiest men alive.” While he’s great on stage and definitely talented, Gallagher isn’t exactly what one might call swoon-worthy, making him all the more unusual a crush for Mendes. Mendes has made a commitment to another celebrity, though, with whom she has a baby, so her Manchester rock star wife days may be behind her. Oh, well – Ryan Gosling is a pretty good back-up prize.
7 Jessica Chastain (crush on Gary Oldman as Dracula)
Jessica Chastain is an absolutely drop-dead gorgeous and talented actress known for her gleaming red hair. She could have her pick of pretty much any guy, and many celebrity guys, she encountered. However, Chastain's on-screen crush runs a bit... supernatural. She has confessed that she crushed on Gary Oldman, specifically in the role of Dracula. She mentioned it was just a combination of Oldman's accent, hair, and the way he brought a degree of humanity to the blood-thirsty vamp. One wonders if Chastain crushes on Oldman in other roles he's in, or if it's a vampire-specific thing.
6 Lucy Hale (crush on Steve Carell)
Lucy Hale's celebrity crush proves that, at the end of the day, a lot of women are attracted to a sense of humor. The stunning actress, who plays Aria on the popular show Pretty Little Liars, spoke of her celebrity crushes in Lucky magazine. She listed off many older Hollywood hunks such as Mark Wahlberg and Robert Downey Jr. However, Hale also added that, in her opinion, "Steve Carell is so sexy." Sure, he cleans up well and isn't quite as unfortunate as his character in The 40 Year Old Virgin, but Carell still isn't the man you picture Hale lusting after.
5 Helen Mirren (crush on Vin Diesel)
Here’s a crush you probably never saw coming – Dame Helen Mirren’s love for a certain bald, jacked action movie star. While one might assume she enjoyed the eye candy Vin Diesel provided in one of his many action roles where he’s playing a testosterone-driven alpha male, Mirren’s crush doesn’t come from seeing him on film. She confessed her crush during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, saying that her crush was sparked when she saw Diesel make a speech at a ceremony she was attending. “He was just so smart and so funny and so cool, and I just sort of fell a little bit in love with him right then and there.” Who would have thought? Diesel, if you ever decide to split with your model girlfriend Paloma, Mirren is likely happy to take her place.
4 Jennifer Lawrence (crush on Larry David)
Jennifer Lawrence is known for her quirky statements, but one in particular caught the eye of the public. Let’s face it – Lawrence could basically have her pick of any man she wanted. However, she seems to appreciate a silver fox. Lawrence told Vanity Fair in 2014 that she had a serious crush on Larry David. “I’m in love with him, and I have been for a really long time,” Lawrence admitted. She also mentioned worshipping Woody Allen, but lest you think it was just a creative crush based on ability, Lawrence cleared that up. “I don’t feel it [her love for Woody Allen] below the belt the way I do for Larry David.” Now that’s a May-December romance.
3 Meryl Streep (crush on Will Ferrell)
Meryl Streep has been with her husband Don Gummer for decades, a big rarity in the world of Hollywood where many change partners like they change clothing. However, despite a strong committed relationship, even Meryl isn't immune to the odd schoolgirl crush. In an interview with W magazine in January of 2015, Streep confessed that she had a bit of a crush on Will Ferrell. It's not necessarily because of his looks - she crushes on his personality. "I have the biggest crush on Will Ferrell. I love him in every film he does," Streep said. She also revealed his age was a factor for an elegant older woman like herself. "I mean, Ryan Gosling could be my child," she says of the Hollywood heartthrob, "I'm not going to have a crush on a child. Will Ferrell is a man." Even the great Meryl Streep loves silly comedies like Anchorman. Who would've thought?
2 2.Matthew McConaughey (crush on Susan Sarandon)
Anyone who has seen or read interviews by Matthew McConaughey knows that he's a complete wild card - every reporter dreams of getting a strange sound bite that they can quote in bold print, and he gives them quite frequently. In an interview with W magazine he revealed that his celebrity crush was on an older woman - Susan Sarandon. "Susan Sarandon is still to this day one of the sexiest women," McConaughey said to W. Quite the compliment, and pretty flattering coming from McConaughey, right? But then he made it weird, saying that "Susan's got these pores, they are large, like, woman comes out of her and honesty comes out of her." He's likely taking a free spirit, spiritual stance with that statement, but still... you had to make it weird, didn't you, McConaughey?
1 Ariana Grande (crush on Jim Carrey)
Many young celebrities have certain stars they themselves were fans of growing up, and meeting the figures they idolized at red carpet events and premieres can be overwhelming. Just ask Ariana Grande - when she met actor Jim Carrey for the first time, she was so overcome that she burst into tears. She tweeted that she had met her childhood crush (meaning Carrey) and he was everything she had imagined he might be. Grande's mom ruined Ariana's attempts to play it cool, however, as she revealed that Ariana's first screen name was JimCarreyFan42. That's devotion.