Geek Squad

Apparently, I’m into geeks. This insight came to me a couple of days ago, mindlessly browsing YouTube for something (or someone) pleasant to watch. I don’t remember what I was looking for exactly, but luck directed me towards some old clips from the British pop show Popworld, and, more importantly, its gorgeous co-host Simon Amstell. The show’s run ended a couple of years back, and Amstell abandoned ship still earlier to pursue a career as a stand up comedian, but little tidbits are still available online.

With his big, curly hair, Amstell is probably not your average cutie, but his smile, in combination with his fresh British wit, totally had me melting. He seems to be a great interviewer, but I couldn’t help but focusing more on his looks than on the words that came out of his mouth. He may be slightly older than I usually go for, but I don’t care. And to top it all off, he’s gay, too.

Like Amstell, young actors Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg probably aren’t the kind of guys that most people would consider hot, but I am sort of in love with them both. Cera caught my interest with Arrested Development, but with Superbad and Juno he blossomed into an utterly lovable geek. Not all this has to do with looks, of course, as he is also an infectiously charming young man, but he sure looks good as well.

If I were to pick one thing that attracted me physically to all three of them, I’d have to say their smiles. I discovered Eisenberg as the insecure teen Kenny Green in Get Real in the early 2000’s, but his vivid charm is most fully on display in freshman writer-director Dylan Kidd’s Roger Dodger, in which Eisenberg all but repeated his Kenny Green shtick. The film is not your average sex comedy, and Jesse Eisenberg is not your average teen hearthhrob. But he’s mine. (For evidence that Eisenberg can be equally sexy as a moping, stubborn teenager, watch The Squid And The Whale. Several times over, like I did.)

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