Current Leading Man Crush Performances I Couldn’t Get Enough Of

Hayleigh Kurland from ‘Writer’s Bagel Basket’ came through this week to talk about her leading man crush, Bill Pullman from such classics as ‘Casper’ and ‘Independence Day.’ A movie star like no other, but being that I’m more of a small screen kind of gal, I wanted to dive into some leading men from that realm that have made me only want to watch more and more…and then one guy in a little movie dropping this summer that I think will, at the least, take home one of those golden popcorn statutes from MTV. However, he deserves an Oscar and Golden Globe based solely on the trailer. 

Bill Hader, Barry

I’m convinced that Bill Hader has waited his entire life to play the fuck out of a psychopath because he’s just too damn good at it for it not to have been his dream role. 

Jesse Eisenberg, Fleishman Is in Trouble

A hall pass crush of mine as well as someone I never hate seeing in a movie, Jesse Eisenberg took on TV for the first time in a long time with the miniseries, ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble.’ Based on the best-selling book, ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble’ followed the lives of 40-somethings and the struggles that come at that age; marriage, divorce, kids, careers, and the innate fear that life is over because you’ve got a routine. 

Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian

Can’t even see that man’s face in this show and I’m 100% enamored. 

John Cena, Peacemaker

There’s a certain skill level one has to have to pull off dimwit and hey, John Cena has that skill. I did not expect to love a show from DC this much, but Cena really helped push it to be one of my recent favorites. 

Olly Sholotan, Bel-Air

People my age have a lot of attachment to the original, which I totally understand. If someone walked in and tried to recreate the likes of ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ as a dramatic show – I wouldn’t be too into it. However, for me, ‘Bel-Air’ all day. I love that every member of this ensemble (Ashley is getting there) has something worthwhile going on in their life, and while Jimmy Akingbola (Geoffrey) is my man, I can’t deny that I’m absolutely blown away every week by Olly Sholotan’s portrayal of Carlton. They kept him an overachieving student but gave him so many nuanced layers that he feels more like a relatable character rather than some comic relief. 

Jeremy Allen White, The Bear

All one had to do was watch 10 minutes of ‘Shameless’ to know Jeremy Allen White had acting chops, but to see him go from a more ensemble cast to leading a show like ‘The Bear,’ has been such a thrill.

Steven Yeun, BEEF

When I first read the plot for ‘BEEF’ I thought, how the hell are they going to make a whole ass series about a road rage incident? Well, shit. Netflix did it and did it so well. Young Mazino (Paul) is one of the most gorgeous men I’ve seen on TV in a long time, and I hope we see more of him in season 2, but at the end of the day, Steven Yeun stole the show the second he had that breakdown in the church. 

Antony Starr, The Boys

I’m glad I didn’t watch ‘The Boys’ from the start because the wait between the second and third season would’ve killed me. That being said, it didn’t take that long for me to fall for Antony Starr’s Homelander when I finally did sit down and watch, and now? He’s one of my current favorite characters, ever. 

Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary 

I not only love everything about the way Tyler James Williams plays Gregory Eddie. He’s got that deadpan delivery that’s very reminiscent of what Jason Bateman does in just about any role in which he has to explain his actions; endearing, yet awkward if you were in the room with them – but I also love how this role will inspire more men to get into teaching.

Ryan Gosling, Barbie 

Last but certainly not least, Ryan Gosling AKA Ken in the Summer 2023 release…’BARBIE!’ Ever since the photos of them filming in those rollerblades, many have been absolutely obsessed. Me included. 


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