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Five Celebrity Women Your Brain Should Be Completely Crushing On Right Now

By Cindy Davis | Lists | January 13, 2015 |

By Cindy Davis | Lists | January 13, 2015 |

I said “your brain…”

Okay, so it might be my photo choice egging on your other parts’ crushes, but for the purposes of this post, we’re talking turned on minds. I feel like 2015 could be a great year for women (and we really need to wipe away 2014), in no small part due of these ladies’ examples. What have they done for us lately? Read on.

Gillian Anderson


Actress, author and activist, Anderson has major roles in not one, but two of our favorite series — Hannibal and The Fall. Both the women she plays — Stella Gibson and Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier are smart, independent, decisive single women who challenge antiquated ideas about women, including their sexual habits (which Anderson is happy to publicly address). Aside from collaborating on a science fiction book series and her many acting projects, Anderson’s motto is “Be of service.”That is one of the biggest single most things to get one out of oneself, is being of service to people who are less fortunate than ourselves.”

Allison Tolman


From the moment she debuted as Fargo’s most intelligent cop, Tolman was destined for fame. But she’s not only a great actress; in just a few short months, she became a glorious advocate for women. Navigating social media with witty, humorous grace, Tolman has used her quick road to stardom for good. She’s not only addressed the twitting trolls who attacked her personally, but also taken to being the voice of change. As we continue to question the entertainment industry’s accepted “norms,” Tolman challenges those behind the scenes to work toward setting a new standard. Where she leads, we’ll happily follow.

Hayley Atwell


Though our latest version of Agent Carter aka Peggy had already caught our eye in the Marvel films, we weren’t quite prepared for the level of awesome Atwell delivers in her newly debuted television series. Starring in a show that often highlights just how far equality has come, the actress handily displays a natural ability to lead and her character’s superiority to the men who’re supposedly in charge. Agent Carter needed just the right woman to take off, and holy wow, is Atwell ever flying high. If things work out, she’d love to see Peggy breaking down doors all the way through time. She’s also a Twitter marvel, delightfully giving, and unafraid to share her real self.

Jessica Chastain


In the span of just a few years, Chastain has gone from barely known television actress to one of the most respected leads in the business. After simultaneous lead roles in Zero Dark Thirty and Mama, we all sat up to take notice, but not just because she’s a phenomenal actress — suddenly she was in the power position to speak out on the industry’s inequality. A proud feminist, Chastain quickly joined the chant for female-led superhero films, first on behalf of Scarlett Johansson and then, her own.

Patricia Arquette


The girl some of you may have first noticed when she kissed Christian Slater is another longtime Hollywood favorite. Arquette has never slowed down, nor kept her opinions to herself. As a protective mother, she’s spoken candidly about the effect being a celebrity has on her family, and taught her daughter exactly what to do when you tell a man to step off and he doesn’t. In her Golden Globes acceptance speech, Arquette joked about those (coughRussellCrowecough) who seem to think it’s easy for women to find good roles, saying “Boyhood proves there are still great roles for women over 40, as long as you get hired when you’re under 40.” But she also profusely thanked the film’s director, Richard Linklater, for “…the part of Olivia, an under-appreciated single mother. Thank you for shining a light on this woman and the millions of women like her and for allowing me to honor my own mother with this beautiful character.”

Ladies, you’re so cool.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)