Day 16 – Three celebrity crushes
This one is slightly tricky for me, because I follow different celebrities than most people do, with one or two exceptions. But here we go.
- Ramin Karimloo – This one has got to be number one. He is a singer and actor who has performed on Broadway and the West End in many, many productions. Can’t get to either of those? Check out the 25th Anniversary concert of Les Miserables (he played Enjolras) or the 25th Anniversary performance of Phantom of the Opera (he played the Phantom). He is amazingly talented, beautiful to look at, and on top of all that, is a super nice guy. I have actually gotten to meet him twice, once at the stage door when he was in the Les Mis revival on Broadway, and once after a smaller concert he gave in Virginia on tour.
- Matthew Mercer – This one could be considered a crush, but is also someone that I just straight up admire. He is a voice actor who has been in many animated features and video games, but what I know him from is as the Dungeon Master on Critical Role, a web series where a bunch of voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons. He created the world they play in, the story arc, and a whole slew of characters, each with a unique voice and personality. It’s really remarkable what he does. Plus (again), he seems like just the nicest guy! Someone you would want to come over to hang out and play games with.
- Alan Rickman – Sigh. RIP Alan Rickman. I was so unbelievably sad when he died. I was at work when I found out and had to go into the bathroom and cry for a while. This one might seem a bit odd, since he would be old enough to be my father, but I have always loved the man. I first saw him in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, where he played the Sheriff of Nottingham. A lot of people don’t like that movie, but I always enjoyed it, especially his scenes. His character was so over the top crazy! And then . . . he played Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. That was it. I was done for. Seriously, I could listen to him speak all day long. His voice was just amazing. He could read the dictionary and I would just sit there enthralled. I got to meet him too (sort of). He was in a play in New York called Seminar, which was really funny, and I got to meet him at the stage door and get his autograph.