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I'm still upset at being robbed of the chance to watch an all new Supernatural last Friday. So to make myself feel better, I decided to do something fun. Sometimes last week, my google alert notified me this reader's poll result of the "Hottest Prime time TV Hunks List" (of which Jensen scored 6th place, and Jared is in 8th). Ha! This got me thinking that everyone is doing this type of list one way or another, why don't I put up one of my own? Especially when I hardly agree with those lists anyway. I guess this really counts as a meme because it reflects purely my taste over the decade, not swayed by ratings, box office sales, or other people's opinions. Just so it's clear, these are nothing but my own wacky obsessions. Oh, and it extended to both big and small screens.

10) Tahmoh Penikett


Tahmoh played Karl "Helo" Agathon on Battlestar Galactica. While Helo probably is my second least favorite character on the show, Tahmoh definitely is a hunk. And I'm not alone in holding this opinion. Awhile back my mom came to visit me. She never could understand my obsession with the series before, so one night, I was watching the show (I still remember the episode was "The Hub") and my mom walked by. There was a close up shot of Helo on my 52" screen, and my mom went: "Whoa! He's handsome! Now I understand why you can't stop talking about the show!" *facepalm* "Er... Mom, not quite the reason, but I get your point..."

9) Ray Stevenson


I confess I've never seen Ray other than his portrayal of Titus Pullo in Rome, one of my favorite historical fiction series. I've heard people say the heart and soul of the show is Pullo and Vorenus, two brothers in arms who are forced to give their allegiance to opposing sides while maintaining their loyalty to each other, and I couldn't have agreed more. Ray's co-star Kevin McKidd who played Lucius Vorenus didn't make my ten-list, but he would certainly make the "honorable mentions" if I ever get off my lazy butt and put that together.

8) Johnny Depp


Back in the days when I first saw Johnny in 21 Jump Street, I was enamored with his good looks. Little did I know that he would progress into an eccentric. And that's exactly what I love about Johnny -- his eccentricity and his seemingly careless disregard to his appearance. In my opinion, it takes character to get away with appearing in whichever way he pleases in public, and that's Johnny!

7) Ralph Fiennes


Credit: found on ecardmedia.eu

Ever since English Patient, I've fallen more and more in love with the type of characters Ralph often portrays on silver screens. In my opinion, he excels at playing those angst driven intellectual types. So much so that he was in my head the perfect candidate to play Robert Langdon in the adaptations of Dan Brown's novels. Thus to this day, I cannot bear to watch Da vinci Code nor Angels and Demons regardless what a famous actor Tom Hanks is.

6) James Callis


Here's another Battlestar Galactica alum. I think few would argue that James played superbly a smarmy, vain, yet oddly sympathetic and redeemable scientist who betrayed humanity unwittingly. My favorite Gaius Baltar scenes are when his conscience finally catches up with him. I love James' subtle depiction of Baltar when he realized his presidency at New Caprica is nothing but a puppetry and he was betraying humanity a second time. Also I was awed by James' layered portrayal in Cross Roads II just before and after Baltar was handed the verdict by the court.

5) Roy Dupuis


Credit: found on fanpop

Again, I've only seen Roy as Michael in Le Femme Nikita (1997-2001). I'm not exaggerating in saying Michael was the main reason I watched that show. Roy gave much needed credence and depth to the character. I literally cannot imagine Michael in any other form, physically or character wise. Too bad the show was canceled in 2001 because its network felt back then (pre 9/11), a show centered on anti-terrorism lacked audience. I'm not surprised Nikita gets a remake given spy shows are a dime a dozen these days (who says networks are a creative lot). However the new Nikita is nowhere comparable to the old one, and given it's on CW, I resolutely swear off the new show from now on.

4) Jared Padalecki


While I sometimes find Jared's character Sam Winchester on Supernatural problematic, there's no denying Jared is easily among the hottest looking guys in Hollywood. He not only has a sweetheart shaped face with adorable dimples to boot, framed by longish silky tresses; Jared also has an impressive physique to complete the package. And as if that's not enough, his acting skill has matured over the years starring opposite his on-screen brother Jensen Ackles. It's no secret that Jared's chemistry with Jensen is what made these Winchester boys' relationship intense but believable and oh so engaging.

3) Simon Baker


I became a fan of Simon since his turn at depicting Nick Fallin on CBS's The Guardian. I started watching the show because I happened to catch the end of an episode ("Feeding Frenzy") while channel surfing. The scene had Nick finally going to an AA meeting. The last frame of the scene was a head shot of him standing at the threshold of the doorway while his face displayed a myriad of emotions: reluctance, displeasure, guilt, and not the least of all, contrition. I didn't even know what the story was about, I was already intrigued by this complex character. From there on, I became obsessed with the show. To this day, Simon is the only actor who was able to sell an entire show to me from a less-than-a-minute scene. Of course, his blond hair, blue eyes, and killer smile didn't hurt either.

2) Jamie Bamber


Oh boy, I'm totally objectifying Jamie here. This is an outtake from 2006 People Magazine's Sexiest Men issue (where Jamie was listed as the sexiest man over the internet). Looking at him, it's quite obvious why he was placed on that list. But what's not obvious from this picture is Jamie's sexiness also comes from his brain. Graduated from Cambridge University and went on to study for some time at LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts), Jamie's smart comes through his keen grasp at not only the character he plays, but also the "big picture" his character is a part of. I really enjoy listening to or reading Jamie's interviews. He is articulate at expressing his perspectives and summarizing the essence of the story he's trying to tell. Jamie's aptitude at presenting his point of views caused his BSG co-star Tricia Helfer once called him dialectic. And speaking of "speaking", Jamie is so skillful at disguising his accent that when I first heard his interview after I started watching BSG, I was utterly surprised at hearing Jamie speak his native British tongue. It's only fitting then that the character Jamie helped to create, Lee "Apollo" Adama from Battlestar Galactica, for all his humanly strength and flaws, is a fictional character I most admired in recent years!

1) Jensen Ackles


Ta da! Here's my #1. I actually had a hard time deciding which picture to use for Jensen. Not that it was hard to find a good picture of him, my problem was there were too many! The one I ended up using here is a fanart made from the December 13-19, 2010 TV Guide Cover. Too bad I don't know who the artist is. If anyone knows, please let me know so I can properly credit. It's ironic that Jensen's appearance was once a reason I held back from watching Supernatural. Back then when I only saw his pictures in promotional spreads, I thought no way a guy looking that good would possibly know how to act. Boy, was I taught a lesson on not judging a person by the look! True, Jensen has all the features of classic beauty: large anime-like eyes, straight nose, pouty lips framed by high patrician cheekbones and a perfect jawline. But more importantly, he also possesses a rare talent in his chosen profession. Seldom do I see a young actor who can nail light comedic scenes with the same knack as he does heavy emotional ones. And speaking of those dramatic scenes, Jensen always lends so much gravitas and nuance to his character. I love the fact that I never see him over or under act a scene, a feat I notice is hard to come by among most young actors. Therefore, it's no surprise that comparable to Lee Adama, Dean Winchester, Jensen's multi-faceted alter ego, captured my heart and is my most beloved fictional character of all time!

Comments

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i_o_r_h_a_e_l
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:28 am (UTC)
I think everyone should make such a list so others can expand their horizon. :D

Ooh, but Simon Baker!!! \o/ I always think he's going to be great playing side by side with Jensen. In fact, I thought I could love Castiel character if it were played by him. :D

And of course. Jensen. *sighs quietly*

Thank you for the wonderful list and the engaging descriptions. :D
xwacky
Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you hon! I would love to see your list. ;p

*sigh* Simon Baker! Too bad SPN is too small a pond to attract him, AND it's very likely CW would think he's too old for their network *snickers*. But man, I just love his screen presence.

Speaking of Simon, have you checked out "The Mentalist"? I confess I like TM far less than TG, but TM is very popular here.
water_fowl182
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
Heh! A great chart!
What can I say? I definitely second #10, 4 and 2-1 :)))))
Actually, I would've fathomed there might be a tie between # 2 and 1. But given Jensen's Dean is still a work in progress and there's still *more* goodness to come (angst-, drama- and comedy-wise) your distribution totally makes sense, methinks.

Btw, when tentatively exposed to BSG by yours truly, my mom was also all about Helo. Maybe, that's a 'mom' thing? *g*
xwacky
Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Thank you my dear! Hee, #6 didn't do it for you, huh? ;)

I confess my adoration for #1 and #2 are pretty comparable, although with slightly emphasis on different aspects. In my opinion, both men are quite good looking (and neither are flawless, thank God), but I think Jensen is more classically "pretty". Gosh, both of them are so talented in their own ways. In some sense, I see their actings are on the opposite side of the spectrum: for Jamie, I see him as the "intelligent" actor. He approaches his character analytically almost, making very conscious and smart decisions on how to enact the role. Whereas Jensen, I see him as the "intuitive" actor. I think he has an innate sensibility about the character he plays. I almost feel he doesn't think about how to play the role, he becomes the role that he plays while in front of the camera.

LOL about our moms. Hmmm, that's really funny! ♥
water_fowl182
Feb. 3rd, 2011 07:23 am (UTC)
Well yeah, I have great respect for James Callis as an actor and do appreciate the significance of Baltar within the BSG narrative, but I could never quite get on board with the story of his redemption. Not until the very last episode, anyway.

I completely agree with your take on Jamie's and Jensen's respective acting styles - intellectual vs. intuitive. Which are viable in their own right and oh my, doest it provide for some incredible results! My inner fangirl is still harboring sekrit hopes to see the play against each other someday. They do badass, emotion and angst differently yet oh so beautifully.
xwacky
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
...I could never quite get on board with the story of his redemption. Not until the very last episode, anyway

This. Totally agree on that. IMHO Baltar is so unapologetically amoral, and operates entirely on his unabashed self-interest (albeit survival instinct) that despite the occasional flaring of conscience, I don't consider him redeemed until the very last. But then again, I'm also having a lot of problem with how the end played out (at this moment of my life), so I'm still not quite 100% clear he is after all.

Heh, believe me, you are not the only one who holds that sekrit hope! *points downward at Mick's comment* You see, we all share that wish. ;p
abrakadabrah
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:39 am (UTC)
I like your list much better than the other one (except for Jamie Bamber, who does nothing for me.)

The other list - LOL - David Boreanaz as number 1. What can I say!

Also, I can't possibly imagine that anyone thinks that the guy who plays Stefan on VP is hotter than Jensen. That is just so wrong! I find him so unhot that the basic premise of the show, that Elana is into him, makes negative sense to me. (Except of course the poster thinks that David Boreanaz is no. 1, so yeah, his taste is consistent!)
xwacky
Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
...except for Jamie Bamber, who does nothing for me.

:o)

LOL, I understand. FWIW one of my girl friends and my mom both looked at me askance when I told them I really liked "Apollo" from BSG (on separate occasions).

IKR?! David Boreanaz as number 1?!? I had to double check the listing to make sure the order wasn't reversed. Heh, I also think that Stefan dude has nothing on Jensen nor Jared. Last season I watched a little bit of VD when it was shown before SPN, and I just couldn't get into it AT ALL. Not only I didn't think the leads were good looking, I thought their acting were only so-so at best.

So aside from Jamie Bamber, our tastes run pretty closely, it seems. ;)

Edited at 2011-02-03 12:16 am (UTC)
anastdean
Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
I'm upset too darling but I now can't wait. I read some spoiler stuff too and I love it before having seen it.
xwacky
Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
I know sweetie, the blurbs I heard about the episode are so tantalizing! Which of course made me even more mad at CW. I can't wait for this Friday. Although I kinda wonder since the Canadians are airing the episode tonight, would the episode DL be available online before it is even shown here.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 3rd, 2011 07:41 am (UTC)
Did they actually air it yesterday? Do we know for sure?
anastdean
Feb. 3rd, 2011 07:42 am (UTC)
Did they actually air it yesterday? Do we know for sure?
xwacky
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
According to this schedule (http://bit.ly/euxIRs), they did.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
Oh, man, I loved Johnny Depp back in his "21 Jump Street" days! I had his pic on my wall! You're right...who would have ever thought that "Tommy Hanson" would be the star he is today???

Tahmoh--he never really did anything for me on BSG, but meeting him in person...he's a hottie!

I totally forgot about Michael from USA's (I think that was the channel) "Nikita." I would watch the show with my dad, but I have to admit watching it for Michael.

That's a tough choice between Jamie and Jensen. I do agree with what you said above about how Jamie is more intellectual with his roles and Jensen in more intuitive. Either way, I think they both make their characters feel "real," and I enjoy both of their performances. I was also shocked the first time that I heard Jamie in his British accent.

Could you imagine Jamie and Jensen on screen together??? I think the hotness would melt my TV!!!!!

mick
xwacky
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
who would have ever thought that "Tommy Hanson" would be the star he is today???

IKR?!? Hee, 21 Jump Street. Back then, I was still struggling with learning English, but oh boy, how I loved that show. *g*

OMG! I didn't know you've met Tahmoh in person! Was it at Dragon*Con? How different or alike was he compared to Jamie? I still remember how Bradley Thompson and his wife kept talking about how smart Tahmoh is because he reads so much. I wonder if he's as articulate as Jamie? Gosh, I wish I could be a fly on the wall to listen to these BSG costars carry a discussion!

Hehe, re Jamie and Jensen on screen together: *points to comment above* You are not alone! And of course you know how I feel about that in particular. ;p
(Anonymous)
Feb. 3rd, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Yep, I met him at DragonCon. I remember thinking he was alot more slender in person that he seemed on the show (I also met James Callis there, and he's alot smaller than he seemed on the show). Honestly, I don't remember a whole lot (it's been a couple of years). From what I do remember, he was articulate, but I can't say if he was as articulate as Jamie. He was really nice--I got my pic taken with him at the signing tables (most of them that year were taking donations to different charities, and if you donated as little as $1, you could get your pic taken with them without getting the autograph; I can't remember what his charity was, though). We weren't sure if the first pic would come out good, so he told us to take a couple more (of course, he had to bend down ALOT so we both could be in the pic). He seemed to have a very warm personality--he took his time talking with us.

OT as far as your list, but who I really liked was Michael Hogan!!! Talking to him was like talking to an old friend! We got up to him, and he started having a conversation with us about the hot weather! He didn't even seem to notice the line of people behind us (by "us" I mean the hubby and me)! He just seemed to really be enjoying himself and enjoyed meeting the fans.

I've heard alot of the actors say in different interviews that BSG was a once in a lifetime kind of experience for them, but I think the same could be said for the fans as well. Of course, I've only ever been to D*C (and one in Florida where I first met JB and MMD), so I don't have anything to compare it to. Plus, I got to meet some wonderful people (like you)!

mick
xwacky
Feb. 5th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Michael Hogan! You are so lucky to meet him. I myself never had the pleasure, but boy, how wonderful would it be to see him in person. Sounds like he's the polar opposite of the crusty Colonel Tigh!

*sigh* Of course, I'm still jealous at Smallvile for landing him as their guest star. Nothing against Supernatural's stellar guest stars (hello, Julian Richings and Mitch Pileggi), but I would love love love it if Michael Hogan would make an appearance too!

I agree with BSG being once in a lifetime, even for the viewers. Although I'm so exasperated with its season 4.5, I still think the show is phenomenal.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 5th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
He's way different than Tigh, but he would say stuff like Tigh did at the panels which was so cool! There was a guy there that looked just like Tigh--MH seemed to get a real quick out of that! I would love to see him in a scene with Jensen!

Yeah, I didn't care for the last season of BSG , but I still think it was one of the best written and acted shows in recent history.

mick
xwacky
Feb. 5th, 2011 07:52 am (UTC)
So MH purposely acted like Tigh? LOL!

Gosh, just imagine MH and Jensen in a scene together can make me all excited. Both of them IMO are nuanced actors who can make a simple scene full of drama.

By the way, it's a bit OT, but you've got to watch "Appointment in Samarra". If nothing else, watch it for the scene between Death and Dean. These two actors were extraordinary in it.
xwacky
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
P.S. Forgot to say -- yes! Le Femme Nikita was from USA network. Hee. After they canceled Nikita, I never really went back to watch other stuff from the network again.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 3rd, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
The only other show from USA that I watched faithfully was "Silk Stockings." I thought Rob Estes was such a cutie!!
mick
xwacky
Feb. 5th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
OMG! Mick, didn't I tell you years ago that we somehow share a brain? *g*

Rob Estes was the reason I watched Silk Stockings (pretty damn faithfully). I quit the show the minute he left!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 5th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
LOL--yep, you did!!!

I kind of watched it after he left, but it just wasn't the same.

mick
asta77
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Poor Rob suffered one of the worst WTF? onscreen deaths I've ever seen.

Sorry I missed this post earlier. So much pretty! Though I'd probably bump up #2. ;-)
xwacky
Feb. 8th, 2011 07:22 am (UTC)
OMG! You watched "Silk Stalkings" as well?!? Yes, poor Rob's death was a head spinner! *sigh*

Hehe, thanks! They are rather pretty, aren't they? You are not the only one who thought #1 and #2 should be a tie, as you can see from the comments here. Like I said earlier, my love for these two actors are pretty comparable, but emphasize on different aspects. ;)
koredump
Feb. 3rd, 2011 11:03 am (UTC)
Now I know why you had trouble sleeping in the early hours of Feb 1 :) One observation: the list is a bit too homogenous to my taste. I guess obsession comes from repetition; or, is it the other way around :)
xwacky
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
Alas, I wish it was such fun activity that kept me awake that time. =p

Homogenous you say? Interesting. Would you care to elaborate? I should think mere repetition does not lead to obsession, but I suppose one's taste tends to veer toward certain direction. ;)
barnes69
Feb. 7th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Jamie Bamber and Outcasts
The "secret" is out. Jamie Bamber appears in Episode 1 of Outcasts but that is it. He was apparently cut after filming the first episode (all the BBC would say was that he had left the production). i like the show but Jamie Bamber wa very, very mediocre. His acting reminded me of his performance in Pulse 2. Others seemed to agree. I can now understand why they said he didn't fit. I just wonder why they didn't cast Andrew Lincoln for his part. Lincoln would have been fabulous. Poor Jamie...he does seem to be having a lot of off days.
xwacky
Feb. 8th, 2011 07:07 am (UTC)
Re: Jamie Bamber and Outcasts
What you claim to be the "secret" is no secret at all. Awhile ago, I've already read interviews that clearly stated Jamie's involvement with "Outcast" is very limited; in fact, it doesn't pass the pilot episode. Jamie rightfully thought "Outcast" shares too many similarities with BSG that he didn't want to be typecasted for certain roles/stories. Hence he chose to play a role that has limited longevity in the new series.

You are free to hold your opinions in regard to certain actors. However, it's rude and unethical to imply and spread rumors and untruth. I visited your profile and saw you stated you are a media writer. If it is true, I question your professional integrity. I know you've visited jamiebambernews under different guise/account names and even went as far as posting as anon numerous times. This behavior clearly marked you as a troll, and hence nothing you said here carries any weight whatsoever.
qqzj
Feb. 8th, 2011 07:42 am (UTC)
Oh my!
I think ... in chronological order ... Roy (as Michael), Ralph, Johnny, and Jamie (as Lee).

Top of my list, though, is George Clooney (I know, I know). Somewhere in there, I'll also add Ethan Hawke, in his role as Jesse in Before Sunset. Egad, I feel old :(

How come I don't see G on your list? ;)
xwacky
Feb. 8th, 2011 08:03 am (UTC)
Re: Oh my!
*giggle* Oh yes, I remember you like George Clooney! Mmmm... Ethan Hawke. He's mighty fine too, and I love the "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" series. He would be in my "honorable mention" list. ;p

If I think I understand who you meant by G, he's neither appeared on small nor big screen, so he's not eligible! ;)

Hey girl, I wanna ask you something, but I wanna talk to you in person. So plan a heart-to-heart when we see each other.
qqzj
Feb. 8th, 2011 09:01 am (UTC)
Re: Oh my!
Mmmmmm ... intriguing. Let's plan on the last week of this month? Who wants to be a fly on the wall? ;)
xwacky
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh my!
Heh, sorry I fell asleep last night before I saw your comment. Of course, that sounds like a plan. Nosy fly, that's me! ;p
ayajedi
Feb. 8th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
I just came in to say that I really like your choices for this list.
Add me to the list of people who watched Silk Stockings back in the day!
xwacky
Feb. 14th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
Can't believe I missed your comment earlier. First of all, thanks for stopping by and welcome!

Hehe, I'm shocked at finding out how many have seen and remembered "Silk Stalkings"! ;p
ayajedi
Feb. 14th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
No worries
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