4YE Thanksgiving: Four Men I’ve Swooned Over This Year

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Hope everyone is having a good time spending time with family and friends and eating loads of pie. In between all the day’s festivities, keep it here at 4YE for all the things our staff is grateful or this Thanksgiving. I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving due to religious preference. That doesn’t mean I can’t share what I’ve been thankful for this year in the world of entertainment.

So, without further ado, find a quiet corner and kick your feet up. I’m about to show my thirst and count down the four men I swooned over (so far) this year.

These four men and their respective characters have made the entertainment field much more enjoyable this year. Not only have they been great to look at, but their characters have also brought me much joy (and heartache). I hope I can get some of your guys to check them out. That is if you haven’t already.

1.Richard Madden (Bodyguard Medici: Masters of Florence)

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Madden is a hunk of Scottish talent that I, sadly, didn’t take notice of until this year. I never did jump on the Game of Thrones train so I missed him as the beautiful young wolf Robb Stark. I’m sure he’s gotten even more handsome since his stint on the HBO fantasy show.

Madden killed it as Cosimo De Medici in Netflix’s Medici: Masters of Florence which I just discovered this year. You can read my review here. 

Basically, he had a beard and those baby blues were to die for. Not to mention, his acting chops were on full display against Dustin Hoffman and other talented actors of the show. If medieval dramas are your thing, I definitely recommend Medici.  Though, let’s be honest, I’m really just urging you to watch it because of Madden. I mean look at him. (Beards always amp the sexy factor up by like twenty, doesn’t it?)


Though, let’s be real, the true star of my year of Madden was David Budd in Bodyguard. 


I might not have been the nicest in my review of the show but Madden was phenomenal as David. There is no doubt that he has joined the echelon of great actors with his nuanced portrayal of a bodyguard with PTSD and a downward spiraling mind.

In my opinion, no one could ever be David Budd but Madden. It was such a great casting choice and his chemistry with Keeley Hawes was amazing and just yes.


2. Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary)


I’m about to draw some ire with this but, like, seriously, Jonny Lee Miller is the better Sherlock Holmes. I’m sorry, Cumberbatch, I really am. I fell in love with you first, but this year, Miller and Elementary have weaseled into my life and my brain and everything else and I just love his version of Sherlock Holmes.

Miller embodies Holmes in a way that is different than Cumberbatch. He’s more acerbic yet at the same time, he actually feels emotions where Cumberbatch’s Holmes always felt so restrained and stiff and emotionless. For this reason, I’ve found myself swooning over Miller and his version of Holmes many times as I’ve watched the first three seasons.


Not to mention, his relationship with Lucy Liu’s Joan Watson is the best and much better than Freeman and Cumberbatch. No, I’m not saying that because she’s a woman and I ship it (because I don’t, they’re so platonically beautiful, I wouldn’t dare ruin it with a ship.) It just goes back to Miller’s Holmes being kinder and more emotional. Which, is beautiful. Not to mention Miller is just gorgeous. It’s a fact.

Just, ugh, yeah. This show will be the death of me.


3. Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Sierra Burgess is a Loser)


This guy. Okay. So, he came out of literally nowhere. Before To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before changed the face of romcoms everywhere, especially on Netflix, I had no idea who Noah Centenio was. I’d never seen him before in anything and he was just another name in a list of cast credits. Then I actually watched To All the Boys I’ve Love Before and hello, a crush was born.

As Peter Kavinsky, Centenio crushed it and his easy chemistry with Lana Condor was adorable. Not to mention he was adorable. Hello, Kavinsky was the greatest and sweetest and most sincere high school jock I’ve ever seen. Great writing and great acting made me adore Kavinsky and I hope Netflix gives us a sequel.

Then came Sierra Burgess and he, again, made me swoon with his affable, awkward, portrayal of jock Jamey. Not to mention, I think it’s fair to say that he has chemistry with all the girls. I mean, look at this adorable man.


Again, it comes back to the whole beards make most men look even better than they previously looked. It’s science. End of.

4. John Noble (Elementary Fringe)


Alright, look, I know this man is old enough to be my grandpa. I get it. But dangit, Walter Bishop and Morland Holmes have wriggled their ways into my brain and they won’t go away.

I saw John in Elementary first. Yes, I cheated and watched the fourth season before I had watched the first three episodes. It was worth it. It was worth it because I got to see Morland slay and be a quietly restrained force of nature against Jonny Lee Miller.


Then I got to be heartbroken by Walter and his also quietly restrained brilliance. Let’s be real, Walter is madness. He is the epitome of the mad scientist trope. I love him even more because of that. I mean, what other TV show would you get John Noble in a red fuzzy robe doing a little wool sock dance? None that I can think of.


Basically, John as Walter and Morland is a beautiful thing. I really want more of him on my television screen or my movie screen. I’m not picky. Not at all.

Anyway, there are the four men I’ve swooned over the past year. I’m thankful for these actors and these characters for getting me through this whirlwind semester in school. They’ve distracted me, given me great performances, and broken my heart in many different ways. I couldn’t be happier for that.

What are you thankful for this year?

Shelby Arnold
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