As human beings, it is impossible for us not to have crushes on various celebrities. Sure, we know that the chances of that specific star ever coming into our lives and falling for us is super low, but hey, if we followed rational thought on these kinds of things, no one would ever find love in the first place.
So we stare up at the screen and we watch our crushes, paying closer attention to their careers than we do for most other stars. We get a little bummed when we hear that they’re in a new relationship and get a weird bit of energy when we find out they’re single. Sure, we’re sitting in a room in an office in North Carolina, and they live in the Hollywood Hills, but weirder things have happened, right?
We all have more than one celebrity crush. Chances are you have fix or six. Maybe even ten. Maybe more. But they aren’t all at the same level, right? There are the ones you look at and you can imagine a long and happy future filled with white picket fences, kids, and weekends at the farmer’s market. Then there are the ones that you know would only last a few weeks. A romance that would burn bright and fast, ending with the passion of a million exploding stars: the kind of affair that movies are made about. You two were never meant to last long, but that time together will always be a part of your life you’ll never forget.
Here, with those ideas in mind, are eight actresses we could spend our lives with, and eight we would like to have a great (but limited) time with…
16. Wife Up: Emma Stone
Emma Stone is endlessly talented. She burst onto the scene in 2007 as Jules, the love interest of Jonah Hill, in Superbad, and a decade later she won her first Academy Award working opposite Ryan Gosling in La La Land. In between those two moments that changed her life, Stone worked with such icons as Woody Allen, Cameron Crowe, Octavia Spencer, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, and Marisa Tomei.
Along with her unbelievable acting skills, Emma Stone is drop dead gorgeous with a smile that could brighten up a morgue. Stone tends to bring her brother with her to awards ceremonies, showing that family is important to her. If all of this wasn’t enough, sometimes when she is confronted by paparazzi, Stone will hold up signs advertising websites that help spread awareness of causes she supports, such as autism. You’d be hard pressed to find a better, cooler, or smarter actress.
15. Side Up: Bella Thorne
At just twenty-years-old, Bella Thorne has already appeared in sixty-five movies and TV shows, including Big Love with Chloë Sevigny, The Duff with Mae Whitman, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.
The youngest of four children, Bella’s father tragically died in a car accident when the actress was just ten. Thorne’s mother did her best to raise four kids alone, and Bella’s acting helped keep the lights on. Her big break came when she was cast as Tancy “Teenie” Henrickson in Big Love. At the same time, Bella took on the role of CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel series Shake It Up. Like her character on Shake It Up, Bella has had to deal with the hardships of growing up with dyslexia.
Being so young, Bella is living life to the fullest right now, and we imagine she isn’t looking to get bogged down with a super serious relationship. We wouldn’t blame her; if you aren’t old enough to drink, you probably shouldn’t be plotting your wedding just yet.
14. Wife Up: Winona Ryder
There was a time when Winona Ryder would not have been an actress to marry, but over the years Ryder has moved past her crazy fun days and into a calmer life. The best thing to ever happen to Johnny Depp, Ryder has been one of the best actresses in Hollywood since the late 1980’s, and thanks to Stranger Things, people are starting to remember that.
Her career has seen her work with some of the biggest names in film, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Anthony Hopkins, Glenn Close, and Angelina Jolie. While she is best known for drama, Ryder has shown her comedic skills with work on Drunk History, Zoolander, and The Ten. Next year, she’ll be reuniting with her Dracula co-star Keanu Reeves for the romantic comedy Destination Wedding.
13. Side Up: Kate Upton
Michigan raised, Kate Upton began her modelling career in 2008 when she went to an open casting call for Elite Model Management and signed a contract on the spot. By 2010, Upton was the face of Guess and while her modelling career was going well, when a video of her doing the dougie dance at an LA Clippers game went viral, her career went into overdrive.
In 2012, Upton toyed with acting by appearing in the Three Stooges. In 2014, she took on her first major role by starring alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann in The Other Woman. This year appears to be when Upton’s acting career hit a new level, as she starred in the comedies Wild Man, The Layover, and The Disaster Artist.
12. Wife Up: Brenda Song
A first generation Asian-American, Brenda Song‘s career started when she was spotted by a talent agent at a mall when she was six. Before long, Song was appearing in Little Caesars and Barbie commercials. When she was eight, Song acted in Elizabeth Sung’s award-winning short film Requiem, which led to Song getting a string of guest appearances on multiple TV shows. She made her big screen debut in 2002’s Like Mike, which starred rapper Bow Wow.
In 2005, Song was cast as London Tipton in the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. A year later, Song landed her first starring role in the Disney Channel original movie Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior. By 2010, Song was working alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake in The Social Network.
11. Side Up: Emily Ratajkowski
Emily Ratajkowski was pretty much a complete unknown in 2013. She had been modelling since she was fourteen, and was cast as a reoccurring character on the Disney Channel series iCarly, but no one really seemed to take notice of the actress until she starred in the music video for Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams‘s “Blurred Lines.”
While the “Blurred Lines” video featured the three musicians standing around with three very attractive women (and a sheep), there was no denying that Ratajkowski was the star. Following the music video, Ratajkowski quickly became a s*x symbol, appearing at or near the top of pretty much every list of the hottest women of the year.
Ratajkowski followed up the “Blurred Lines” video by playing Andie Fitzgerald, the mistress of Ben Affleck‘s character, in David Fincher‘s 2014 adaptation of Gone Girl. While it wasn’t a huge role, many reviews pointed out Ratajkowski’s ability to make the character sympathetic.
10. Wife Up: Amy Adams
Amy Adams is smart, funny, talented, and beautiful. While the Academy Award winning actress seemed to burst onto the scene with her role in 2005’s Junebug, Adams had actually been working to make her dreams come true for years. After high school, Adams worked at the Gap and Hooters to save up money for a car. At the same time, she was honing her acting talent as a dancer at a few different dinner theater houses in Colorado. After being spotted by a dinner theater director, Adams moved to Minnesota and worked the dinner theater circuit for three years.
In 1999, Adams got her first film role in the poorly reviewed box office bomb Drop Dead Gorgeous. She used the money she made on the movie to move to Los Angeles, leaving dinner theater for small roles on TV shows like Smallville, The West Wing, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Since Junebug, Adams clout has been growing. She carefully mixes big budget movies like Batman v Superman with lower budget critically acclaimed films like Big Eyes.
9. Side Up: Alexandra Daddario
Imagine for a moment that you are a high school kid in New York. Imagine that you attend the Brearley School on the Upper East Side, and you get up the courage to ask out this one girl you totally have a crush on. Imagine she says yes. Imagine how happy you feel until you go to pick her up at her home and learn that her dad is the head of the Anti-Terrorism Unit in Manhattan. Talk about a scary dad!
That is what any fella who dates Alexandra Daddario has to think about; her dad battled terrorism, so how much of a chance would you stand against him?
Daddario shot to stardom after she appeared alongside Woody Harrelson in HBO’s True Crime. To show the world that she was more than just a gorgeous woman and great dramatic actor, Daddario showed up on multiple sitcoms, including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Last Man on Earth. And while her latest film, Baywatch, bombed at the box office, there’s little doubt that she’ll be a big time movie star soon enough. With that in mind, there’s no way Daddario would look at us for a long-term thing. It breaks our hearts!
8. Wife Up: Vera Farmiga
Vera Farmiga‘s career started in 1997 when she appeared in the short-lived TV series Roar (which also starred Heath Ledger), but her breakout role wouldn’t come for another seven years, when she would star in the indie drama Down to the Bone. Since then, Farmiga has worked on some of the biggest and most interesting movies and TV shows around, including Martin Scorsese‘s The Departed with Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, the under-appreciated Orphan with Peter Sarsgaard, and Up in the Air with George Clooney. That last one got Farmiga nominations for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
Farmiga’s biggest box office success has been the Conjuring franchise. In those films, Farmiga plays Loraine Warren, the paranormal investigator alongside Patrick Wilson, who plays her dutiful husband Ed. The Conjuring movies let Farmiga show off a motherly quality that you don’t usually see in horror movies. Try not to fall in love with her as you watch her protect families from unspeakable evils.
7. Side Up: Zoë Kravitz
Zoë Kravitz is what you get when you take two of the most talented and beautiful people of a generation and have them create a child. The daughter of actress Lisa Bonet and musician Lenny Kravitz, Zoë appears to have both of her parent’s talents; along with appearing in movies like X-Men: First Class and Mad Max: Fury Road, Zoë is the front-woman for the band Lolawolf.
More recently, Kravitz appeared in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, and had a brief cameo as Leta Lestrange in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (her role will be bigger in the upcoming sequel).
Kravitz is young and with her career really taking off over the last few years, a long term relationship may not be something she’s looking for at the moment. If she is looking for something, please send her our number.
6. Wife Up: Sofía Vergara
Viewers of Univisión have known about Sofía Vergara since the 1990’s, but for the rest of us, it is her role as Gloria on the hit series Modern Family that turned her into a superstar.
When she was offered a commercial at the age of 17, Vergara refused to accept it until her Catholic schoolteachers gave her their personal permission, and since then, her fame has consistently been on the rise. Before Modern Family, Vergara co-hosted Fuera de Serie, appeared on an episode of Baywatch, and played Tyrese Gibson‘s girlfriend Sofi in the movie Four Brothers. Since Modern Family, where Vergara shows off her amazing comedic skills as the much younger wife to Ed O’Neill‘s Jay, Vergara has been nominated for multiple Golden Globes and Emmy Awards, and with at least two more seasons on the hit sitcom, she’s sure to earn more nominations.
5. Side Up: Kristen Stewart
While Kristen Stewart‘s career started when she was just nine, and while she had received solid reviews for her work acting alongside Jodie Foster in Panic Room and playing the daughter of Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone in Cold Creek Manor when she was just twelve, it wasn’t until Stewart took on the role of Bella in the first of five Twilight movies that she became a megastar.
While the cool kids made fun of Twilight, they couldn’t deny that Stewart’s work in Adventureland with Jesse Eisenberg and Ryan Reynolds was top notch. Time and again, Stewart has shown herself to be one of the most unique acting talents of her generation, taking on roles that many actors would shy away from.
Stewart’s personal life has also been a subject the press likes to focus on. Openly bisexual, Kristen has often found herself having to explain what that means to people who can’t seem to wrap their heads around it. In a fashion all her own, Stewart has learned to ignore the haters and do what she wants.
4. Wife Up: Ruth Negga
After studying acting at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College, Dublin, Ruth Negga quickly became a leading actress in Irish films. Unable to deny her talent, director Neil Jordan changed the script to his adaptation of Breakfast on Pluto so that there would be a role for Negga; that is how good she is.
Negga got her first major role in the United States when she was cast as Raina in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She played the role in seventeen episodes before being cast as Tulip in the AMC series Preacher. On top of the praise she has received for Preacher, Negga was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her work in Loving, the movie based on the true story of Mildred and Richard Loving and their battle to overturn Virginia’s laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
3. Side Up: Alessandra Torresani
Alessandra Torresani should have been on one of the biggest TV shows that premiered in 2009. Spinning out of the critically acclaimed sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, the prequel series Caprica, which Torresani starred in with Eric Stoltz, just didn’t capture the audience. After just nineteen episodes the series was cancelled.
Still, this didn’t dissuade Torresani. After Caprica was cancelled by the SyFy Channel, the actress filled her time with guest appearances on shows like American Horror Story, Two and a Half Men, and Workaholics, before getting a recurring role as Claire the bartender on Big Bang Theory.
Torresani, who holds a black belt in Taekwondo, recently finished shooting Step Sisters with Megalyn Echikunwoke. While Caprica ended up being a bump in her career, Torresani is poised for big things, and a serious relationship may not be something she’s looking for at the moment, but there’s nothing wrong with having some fun for a while.
2. Wife Up: Vivica A. Fox
The internet says that Vivica A. Fox is in her fifties, but to look at her, you may swear that the actress is far younger than that.
Fox’s career started when she took the role of Carmen Silva on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. A year later, she was working with Tom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July. Since then, Fox has shown herself to be amazing at drama and comedy, appearing in a variety of movies and TV series, including Independence Day with Will Smith, the endlessly funny Booty Call with Jamie Foxx, and Kill Bill Volume 1 and Volume 2. Recently, Fox has been appearing on the hit series Empire as Candace, sister to everyone’s favorite character, Cookie Lyon.
In her acceptance speech at the 2001 Academy Awards, Halle Berry personally called out Fox as one of the women she admired, and with good reason. There are few black women in Hollywood with careers as long, or as varied, as Vivica A. Fox.
1. Side Up: Kat Dennings
Unlike most actors, Kat Dennings made her life something of an open book for nine years. From 2001 to 2010, she regularly blogged on her website and put up personal videos on YouTube. Dennings started the practice before she became famous, but kept it up even after her role as Catherine Keener‘s daughter in 2004’s hit comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin made her a star.
In 2011, Dennings played Darcy Lewis in Thor. Despite the movie starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston– each of them fantastic actors– Dennings stole every scene she was in. She returned for Thor: The Dark World and once again proved to be one of the best things in the movie.
For six years, Kat Dennings played Max George Black on the hit CBS sitcom Two Broke Girls, which was shockingly canceled this past May. Now that Dennings isn’t trapped in the sitcom filming routine for the first time in six years, she finally has some time to enjoy her days.
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