The Sixth Annual Pajiba Ten: A Celebration of the Coolest, Sexiest Celebrities on the Planet
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10. Jeremy Renner -- Jeremy Renner, who makes his debut on the Pajiba 10 this year, has been around for much longer than most people know, dating back to a role in Angel, the lead in a Jeffrey Dahmer biopic and as Doyle in 28 Weeks Later. He first caught my eye in the brilliant but cancelled show, The Unusuals, one of the few network cop shows in recent years that was watchable. Of course, he shot into the mainstream with the lowest-grossing Oscar winner of all time, The Hurt Locker, took it to the next level in The Town, and then splattered all over our pop-culture conscience in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and as Hawkeye in The Avengers. Now he's set next week to take over the Bourne franchise, making him the franchisiest actor of the year. But what's so great about Jeremy Renner? How about pure ability, the fact that he can play bad ass and winsome. There's something gleeful and joyous about him in real life that he's not telling us. Those arms don't hurt, either. -- TK
9. Donald Glover -- He's chiseled like a track star, but that's just the icing (chocolate, if you will). It's the grin that catches you from across the room, lips exploding from within, all teeth and unbridled joy. Genuine emotion in an ironic age, he can mouth the somber words and go through the dramatic motions, but he's apt to laugh at himself before the thought finishes. He'll do a chicken dance or prance like a madman, but he's the jester not the trickster. The laughs tumble out with warmth not sharpness, love not cruelty. But he's neither simpleton nor fool; he's just himself through and through. He's not a brooding hero and he doesn't dwell on the darkness, not because he's naïve but because the laughter will drive it out. He'll scoop you up in powerful arms, dip you low, kiss you slowly, and stare deep into your eyes. And then he'll whisper something that makes you laugh so hard you cry. -- Steven Lloyd Wilson
8. Chris Hemsworth -- Known in his native Australia for a run on the popular soap Home and Away, we poor statesiders didn't get a good look at Chris Hemsworth until the actor played a baby-faced, twinkly-eyed George Kirk in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. Some may not have paid attention until he laid on the extra muscle to play the the title role in Thor, but once we all got a good look, we were hooked. My initial instinct to ignore beefy, bulked up hunks was quickly set aside; there is a down-to-earth, nice-guy disposition that shines right through those piercing baby blues. Hemsworth has already proven he's not just another pretty Norse god; he's a damned good actor with great comic timing, and enough chemistry on his own to make up for what Natalie Portman or Kristen Stewart may lack (and they do). His affable charm made us root for Hemsworth's anti-cookie-cutter Curt to live (Cabin in the Woods), and we thrilled to his righteous brother act against Tom Hiddleston's misguided Loki (The Avengers). Clearly we're not the only ones who've noticed him (dammit!). While we've been drooling over those giant arms carrying around his newborn babe, Hemsworth filmed Rush with Ron Howard, and word on the street is, Spielberg wants him to star in Robopocalypse. Go ahead, you fancy director men, put him in your big name films. Me, I'll be in my bunk working out my version of Thor: The Dark
and Dirty World. -- Cindy Davis
7. Jennifer Lawrence -- I think it's fair to state that, for everyone else on this list, there is a tangible quality or a few qualities that make them fit for inclusion. In the case of Jennifer Lawrence, however, there is not merely one or two obvious traits that stand out and make her so worthy. She is indefinable. She is so much, without being too much. She is unassuming, without the slightest hint of timidity. She does not bowl you over; she does not knock you down. She's more subtle than that. Because Jennifer Lawrence, like Katniss Everdeen herself, is not simply your standard beauty, though she is empirically lovely. She is not merely talented, though she has Oscar-caliber skill to spare. She doesn't need to be saved, but, gosh, it was sure nice of you to try. She's tough, without any danger of being fetishized as the ass-kicking hot girl. She's not in any danger of being fetishized at all. She's not here to turn you on, to be your hero, to make you like her, though she is fully capable of doing all these things. And, while you're trying to figure out just what it is about this girl, she's already got you hooked. And therein lies her definition. -- Courtney Enlow
6. Idris Elba -- Elba slouched into the American consciousness in 2002 as Stringer Bell on HBO's The Wire. And for all the magnetism and sexuality that oozed out of him in solid Baltimorean tones, it wasn't until his gruff and tender turn on BBC's Luther that I truly sat up and took notice. Maybe it was his naturally luscious East London accent or the incendiary screen chemistry he shared with his co-star Ruth Wilson, but Elba's take on the slightly rumpled and morally complex hero launched him right to the top of my list. And there he shall stay because he can do no wrong. The man looks elegant as Bond in a tux, sexy as a young Brando with his shirt off and can pull off even the most preposterous costume (ahem, Thor) with aplomb. Not even the sight of "DJ Big Driis" busting out some classic Boyz II Men moves in a frayed denim vest is enough to throw cold water on my ardor. He's a tall drink of Scotch whose dramatic chops are as impressive as his self-effacing sense of humor. He deserves more than he's been given so far. Here's hoping he takes it. -- Joanna Robinson