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Oh Yeah, Who Is That?

By Mrs. Julien | Comment Diversions | August 17, 2013 | Comments ()

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This weekend’s comment diversion is brought to you by fluff_fluff, llp, and your own sexual awakening.

fluff_fluff : I mean, it was definitely prepubescent. Dr. Carter is the first famous person I remember going “OH YEAH WHO IS THAT” about.

llp: That’s a good comment diversion, right there. My first person was Shaun Cassidy in The Hardy Boys. Because I am old.

llp is right. Not about Shaun Cassidy, I was a Parker Stevenson girl, but about the potential for a diversion. Pajiba has been particularly lust-centered of late. Be they moist or firm, our “lions” receive a lot of attention. What we haven’t discussed is the very first entry on your inaugural Pajiba 10, your first celebrity crush.

In the summer of 1977, I was about to turn 10. Star Wars had stormed into theatres and I went to see it at the Town and Country Mall in suburban Toronto. All the girls thought Luke Skywalker was so cute, but he wasn’t. Not really. Wasn’t I supposed to think he was cute? Princess Leia kissed him, so she must like him, right? But all I remember about that first viewing is Han Solo. He was just so… interesting. Just really, really interesting. Han and Leia kept fighting, so I guess she didn’t like him, but I thought he was fascinating. I made a point of learning the actor’s name. “Harrison” struck me as odd.

In the winter of 1983, I was 15. Brother Julien and I attended a Star Wars/The Empire Strikes Back double bill before the May release of Return of the Jedi. I was spellbound by Harrison Ford and this time I got it: Han Solo is sexy, and cool, and sexy some more. Thus began a multi-year Harrison Ford phase. My best friend shared my admiration. We were a team. I carried this in my wallet -

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I can’t see it now. Not one iota. I have no idea what I was thinking. But this, THIS started very shortly after my Han Solo “Oh yeah, who is that?” and has never changed. Not one iota.

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Who was your first celebrity crush?

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  • The Kilted Yaksman
  • Scorptilicus

    Jewel Staite. Must've been the rainbow hair.

  • Wait a minute. There's another Parker Stevenson girl in the world? I thought it was just me. I think we can safely not count Kirstie Alley, right?

    I'm thinking that I'd have to go with Val Kilmer from his Real Genius era, although those days are long, long gone.

  • Guest

    I was six in 1984 and all about George Micheal. Years later in 1989 I saw the made for TV movie "I Know My First Name Is Steven" and fell hard for Corin Nemec (AKA Parker Lewis). For a brief time I swooned for Rex Smith because his voice could turn anyone's knees to jell-o. Plus, funny = hot and the super cheesey 1983 film version of "The Pirates of Penzance" was a riot and I still love that movie. Oh and Chris O'Donnell in "The Three Musketeers", with his gorgeous baby face.

  • e jerry powell

    Let me guess: it was those Fillion-worthy pants stretched across Rex's ass, right?


  • Gord Reid

    Debbie Harry. It was 1978 and I was 4. I didn't even know her real name, so I just called her "Blondie".

  • jaimejoshi

    Michael J. Fox. I was a five-year-old with a big ol' smit for Marty McFly. He's the reason I love Greedy and For Love or Money - two woefully underrated movies in which he shines (a tough task in Greedy as it features both Kirk Douglas and Phil Hartman - RIP).

  • Samantha Klein

    Number Five. No lie.

  • wsapnin

    My first key chain when I started driving was a clear photo holder. I had that Star Wars trading card of Han Solo in my key chain. He was definitely my first celebrity crush. I held on to it for a long time until a few years ago when he started to look like my dad.

  • DeaconG

    My first crush was a singer by the name of Freda Payne ("Band Of Gold")...whoa. Hot, sexy, with a voice like an angel. Of course, it broke a ton of hearts when she got married, but by that time I'd moved on to my next major league crush, an actress by the name of Pam Grier.

    Oh. My. God. After watching Foxy Brown in the theaters and managing to get a hold of her spread and poster in Players magazine...well, she was the first one I ever 'retired to my bunk' to...

    Wouldn't mind hitting it now either...

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, and in Pajiba World, it's PAM MOTHERFUCKING GRIER. She deserves the respect (especially because she never got it from Richard Pryor).

  • DeaconG

    And what was up with him? He had two FINE honies, Deborah McGuire and Pam MOTHERFUCKING Grier (both loaded up top), and he dumped 'em both. WTF?

  • e jerry powell

    See also: Richard Pryor's third comedy album.

  • e jerry powell

    With a big-ass Dolly Parton wig on Soul Train!
    (My Afro has finally gotten back to near-regulation early-70s Soul Train length!)


  • dizzylucy

    Han Solo and Indiana Jones for sure, but I think my first character crush was Dr. Peter Venkman. I still love everything about that movie to this day, and as I am human, I love Bill Murray, but there was always something a little special about Venkman.

  • fauxhawk

    Harrison Ford, Raiders of the Lost Ark. I was 9. There was a $1 theater close to our house, and I saw the movie 6 times.

  • pissant

    I believe it was Blaze, the only female, black gladiator on American Gladiators. This little white boy must've been 6 or 7. Growing up in the South, I thought there was something wrong with me. Imagine my feelings when I found myself strangely attracted to Mr. Belding's brother on that one episode of Saved By The Bell when he won all the kids over with his charm and then ditched them right as the bus was taking off for the skiing trip. I think it was his long hair, but now I'm generally attracted to short-haired women...

  • TheEmpress

    Bill Murray as Peter Venckman. Seriously.

  • Jezebeelzebub

    I totally get that.

  • DataAngel

    No one. But I expect it'll happen any day now.

  • Jezebeelzebub

    This guy, right here. I was about 10 or 11. 26 years later my love is still unwavering.

  • fauxhawk

    Oh, shit! Me, too! I was close in age. I put Harrison Ford up there, because I was a little embarrassed about my Spock love.

  • Jezebeelzebub

    I know that shit is weird, and also I do not care. It's not even a secret shameful love- it's right out there on Front Street. Everyone knows I'm just waiting around until he comes and picks me up. All the men in my life have been/will be but a diversion. In other news, I have a long and noble history of really fucked up relationships. LE SIGH.

  • fauxhawk

    I don't know where my response to this went, but here it is again:


  • fauxhawk


  • special k

    Shaun Cassidy, so help me. I was 7-8ish. I had the albums, joined the fan club and wore a t-shirt with his face on it. And I never missed the Hardy Boys Mysteries.

  • llp

    Don't be ashamed - he really was good looking and also well marketed. We were powerless to resist.

  • bat

    This is so shameful but... Steve Guttenberg in Police Academy.

    Huh. Actually, I just looked at older pictures of him and hey, dude used to look good.

  • Az

    John Travolta as Vinnie ba-ba-ba Ba-barbarino in Welcome back Kotter. I was four.

  • Tarn

    Robert Wagner in 'It Takes a Thief'. I always did like the pretty ones. After that I fell for Davy Jones and David Cassidy. Maybe I felt threatened by the masculine ones, at that age. Nowadays, not so much.:-)

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I had such a crush on Alex Mack (Larisa Oleynik) when I was a kid. I've tried to revisit the show but I find her older sister much more appealing now.

  • kirbyjay

    Phillip Alford, Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird. I was 8 and he was smart and brave and OMG!! cute. I never saw him in anything again ( so sadly it didn't last) but a short 2 years later when I was more mature it was The Beatles collectively and George Harrison in particular. Luckily I never had to crush on the Tiger Beat heartthrobs ( 16 magazine in my day) and be embarrassed about it years later.

  • Dave Dorris

    Raquel Welch. Yeah, I'm old but DAMN.

    In the Detroit area we had the 4:40 movie every afternoon, and they'd do theme weeks. Godzilla, for instance (fun), Elvis (sisters love it and it did give me an appreciation for his music). And Sci-Fi week, which often included "Fantastic Voyage" and "1,000,000 Years BC."
    Try being 10 years old and not mesmerized by that fur bikini.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Try to be any age and not mesmerized by that glow-in-the-dark white bodysuit. When we watched Fantastic Voyage in 6th grade after reading the book...this little girl unfortunately thought she had a chance to grow up to look like that.

  • Dave Dorris

    I'm sure you grew up fine, but I think 6 people had a chance to look like that.

  • Malin

    My first celebrity crush was totally Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver. I was twelve at the time, so I can't really say that it was anything but a very innocent infatuation. I honestly can't remember which actor/character first made me feel all tingly and helped start my sexual awakening, though. Probably Westley in the Princess Bride.

  • Buellie413

    I wanted to marry Alec Baldwin in Beetlejuice. And have my own haunted house.

  • e jerry powell

    That motherfucker keeps breaking my heart, and I just keep coming back for more.

  • Viking

    Miles O'Keefe in Tarzan. It was my first real 'schwing!' moment. I might have been around 13 and it was on HBO when I was home by myself. I think Bo Derek said she didn't like being on screen with a man prettier than she was. I'd have traded spots with her in a heartbeat! Google some images of him in that role, if you aren't familiar with it, he was a real physical specimen.

  • Bananaranma

    Jennifer Connelly in Rocketeer.

  • evie

    Oooh, good one... If I were going to go lesbian for someone, it would've been her in that movie. I remember thinking, "When I grow up, I wanna look just like that."

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I think half the guys I know in my age range agree with you - that or Labrynth. I had an ex who was all about the white satin dress she wore in the club scene.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    If I couldn't have Romeo, I would have taken Lancelot. I'm a sucker for costume drama.


  • mrsdalgliesh

    Possibly one of the worst film musicals ever. Terrible dubbing. Awful. (Love the score, hate the movie.)

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I thought Rossano Brazzi was a little hard to take in South Pacific but I still loved the movie.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Oh yes - He was one who came across to me as being as beautiful as he was stupid. (and Redgrave is so stunning in that movie. Though I'd've been happier with Burton over Harris)

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Richard Harris kind of grew on me over the years but I thought he was very unattractive in that movie... but then, I was around 13 when I saw this and I preferred the pretty boy.

  • rabbi

    Linda Harrison - Nova , from original Planet of the Apes.
    that is all.

  • Steph

    Peter Scolari in "Bosom Buddies". That lovely dark blond hair and the tweed jackets. Sigh. He was even adorable in a dress.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Do you live near Long Island?


  • Mrs. Julien

    That was where I discovered Tom Hanks!

  • Scootsa1000

    Yes, I loved Han Solo. But I think my very first "oh yeah" guy was Randolph Mantooth, aka Johnny Gage. Watching Emergency! in syndication and crying during the episode when he was bitten by a rattlesnake. I couldn't deal.

    A friend of mine ran into him in NYC a few years ago when he was doing a play off-Broadway, and he was kind enough to pose for a picture holding up a sign saying hi to me and that he loved me, too. One of my possessions (along with wedding and baby pix) that I would rescue in a house fire.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    He was adorable. Nice memory!

  • Milly

    In addition to Christina Ricci - mentioned in a follow up to another comment - there have been two later instances where I've had to rewatch a film/tv programme and find out more of that person:

    Jane Fonda in Barbarella (I saw this in my early teens)


    Megan Fox in, and I wish this wasn't the case but I happened to be channel flicking one sunday, Two and a Half Men. My god!


  • Uriah_Creep

    I'm absolutely with you on the Jane Fonda love, and about a year earlier, it had been Sharon Tate in Fearless Vampire Killers.

  • e jerry powell

    Now I have sadz.

  • Jill

    Christopher Reeve. I was born in '79 and it was right after seeing him in Superman III with my parents at the most ghetto of ghetto movie theatres you could imagine. It faded fairly quickly. But when the riding accident occurred, I remember being a bit more upset than other people when they saw the news.

  • Wigamer

    Matt Dillon in Little Darlings

  • Wigamer

    He never wore a shirt...

  • Wigamer

    ...and licked his mouth a lot. I think you see what I'm getting at here.

  • prettyinpinku

    I've thought long and hard about this and, embarrassingly enough, think it might be Tom Cruise in 'Top Gun'. I remember my lions getting particularly tingly at the silhouetted kissing scene. I seem to recall being rather taken with 'Growing Pains' era Leonardo, too ( and may have written him a love letter via 'Bop' magazine)...

  • Emm82

    Mine was also Harrison Ford, but it was Indiana Jones instead. Actually now I think about it, it still is!

  • Glory

    "Casey Jones" from the live action TMNT movies - imagine my surprise when he turned up on The Killing!
    The crush has not survived, though I think a lot had to do with the voice....

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Elias Koteas is wonderful! I always enjoy seeing him in things.

  • Ballymena Bob

    I thought I had attached a picture but apparently not. Disqus sucks a puss-filled testicle. I hate it so much.

  • Ballymena Bob

    Lets try it again.


  • khaleesoy

    I'm ashamed to admit this, but it was Chad Michael Murray. Even more embarrassing was the fact that the phase lasted a good 3 years.

  • sanity fair

    This is going to sound crazy to many of you, I'm sure, but Prince in his video for "When Doves Cry." I was 6, and the sight of him crawling naked on the floor did things to me that I truly did NOT understand until I was older.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Um...Darren Turcotte, #8 on the NY Rangers. He had intensely blue eyes and a beautifully crooked (broken, of course) nose. I was heartbroken when he was traded to the Whalers. (I also like Dan Futterman, who resembles Turcotte, and who was in the Amstel Light commercials shown pretty much every game. I was weirdly proud of his Capote success.)

    Emilio Estevez (Young Guns) AND Charlie Sheen (Hot Shots, Three Musketeers), plus Mel Gibson (Lethal Weapon), were the actors that I found most attractive, but oddly, I don't remember them ever making me tingly.

  • TheOtherGreg

    Darren Turcotte is married to my cousin.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    That is very random! You can tell him he still has a fan (I've got his rookie card somewhere...)

    In high school I even took a field trip with a friend to one of the comic/card shops he owns (owned?) near Rye for an autograph signing. I'm pretty sure I was too shy to say much, but I got some photos. The man made a mullet work for him (as much as any man can).

  • ralyra

    Bobby Sherman. He was a teen idol around the same time as David Cassidy. I thought he was so cute. A few years later I was fascinated with Roscoe Borne, a bad guy on the soap "One Life to Live." I didn't understand at the time why I was so taken with him. Later I realized how scary-sexy he was.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Mason Capwell. Santa Barbara. And he quoted OSCAR WILDE.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, dear. There's that Sam Elliott person. I need a moment...

    1980 was a strange year for my hormones, I have to say.

    Not a great film by any stretch of the imagination (Timothy Dalton disagrees, but oh well), but hey, tingles go where they go.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I saw that in the theatre. It was so very, very bad.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Go, Flash, Go! That movie is on my desert island list. (I even have the full comic book series from the late 80s!)

  • E-Money

    My first obsession was JTT of course! But that wasn't exactly sexual...at least I hope not. The first time I remember having THOSE feelings was when I saw Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You. That'll never change.


  • Bodhi

    Oh. So pretty. That makes my heart hurt a little

  • Three_nineteen

    Holy moly, Mrs. Julien, are you me? I had a very similar experience. When I saw Star Wars I was 6, and all I knew was I wanted Han Solo, even though I didn't know what I would do with him when I got him. By the time I saw Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark, I had pretty much figured that part out.

    Ours was a very wonderful and long pretend relationship, until I found out that Ford is friends with and supports Roman Polanski. I can forgive a lot, but not that, so I ended it. Fortunately, BBC's Pride and Prejudice came out around that time, and now I am happily settled in a lovely long-term pretend relationship with Colin Firth.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I was over Ford and fully in the throes of my Sting phase by the time I went to university. It was 1986. I can't see that one anymore either. In second year, I had a picture of George Michael on my residence room wall and underneath a sign saying. "Yes, this is a picture of George Michael. Wanna make something of it?"

  • e jerry powell

    Spankworthy Sting.

    Fortress Around Your Heart. Wrapped Around Your Finger, too.

    I think George Michael hurt girls more than Boy George did.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Oh lord, the VANITY of that man in the Fortress Around Your Heart video. Even in the midst of my obsession, I was able to find his preening slightly ridiculous.

  • e jerry powell

    True, but despite even that, you'd have hit it. You'd have hit it every day and twice on Sunday.

    I know. I lived there.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Audie England, because we had Cinemax (or Showtime?) and nobody policed my late night viewing habits. Delta of Venus, you guys. Delta of Venus indeed.

  • Blondevenus

    I remember thinking people were cute, but the first real, painful, obsessive crush came when I saw Bram Stoker's Dracula at age 12. I was so in love with Gary Oldman it was disturbing, almost crippling. After that I started watching all his movies. Still do, but not Paranoia.

  • Lillimae

    Oh my gosh, that is my story exactly! I actually bet a friend one million dollars that I would lose my virginity to Gary Oldman over the summer break between grades 7 and 8, so certain was I of our love...

  • Uriah_Creep

    Mine was Wilma Flintstone, although Betty Rubble was prettty hot as well.

  • Ami

    Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life. Not Jared Leto, but Jordan Catalano. He was so beautiful it hurt to look at him.

  • LadyBuggy

    His lean makes me tingly just thinking about it, but kind of freaks me out. Hopefully he was at least 18 playing a high school kid...

  • idgiepug

    He leaned really well.

  • Bodhi

    The best lean

  • fasha

    Patrick Dempsey in Can't Buy Me Love. He was a straight up babe.
    Needless to say I wore out the VHS.

  • John W

    Jane Goodall. Growing up I used to be fascinated by the nature documentaries with her and I had a huge crush on her. I wanted to be a biologist (until I realized there are no bathrooms out there) because of her.

  • Guest

    I co-sign the Sam Elliott love, but twelve-year-old me and Clint Eastwood as Outlaw Josey Wales = Holy Hottentots!

  • Guest

    I endorse the Sam Elliot love but confess mine at twelve was Clint Eastwood as Outlaw Josey Wales. There was something about him being a GROWN MAN that bothered me in the best way. Clint Eastwood in his prime = Holy Hottentots! Clint Eastwood nowadays = grumpy old neighbor guy. Le sigh.

  • Clint Eastwood as a younger man was so ridiculously attractive. It's funny -- have you seen ALIAS? Michael Vartan the actor looks a lot like young Clint (but without a cigar in his mouth).

  • llp

    Sam Elliot, yes. Still yes, after all these years,

  • Mrs. Julien

    Every day and always.

  • ZombieMrsSmith

    Michael York, circa 1973 The Three Musketeers. Adorbs! I was 10.

  • Bodhi

    Oh hell yes.

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