**dedicating this post to my forever 90’s heartthrob Luke Perry, who died this afternoon at only 52 years old. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. #DylanMckayForever
For some people, their fondest memories of the 90's take them back to their early pre-teen/teenage days of scribbling in their diaries and hanging posters on their wall - a manifestation of their devotion to their biggest Hollywood crush. We're lucky that today we have the ever invasive Instagram and Twitter, so we know pretty much everything happening in the lives of our hotties, but consider the world pre-social media. Back in the 90's, we only knew celebrities through the movies/shows they acted in, the music they performed, and the questionably accurate tabloids hitting the newsstands. Celebrities were an illustrious mystery, which of course, only added to their sex appeal. They were deified into figures of worship, both on the wall and in the tears of screaming fan girls. They could do no wrong in our eyes, even if they did, in fact, do wrong.
Nevertheless, I’m sure many of us can remember these days with fondness. The hours spent making collages, putting hearts around the names of our crushes, gushing over them whenever we’d see them on screen, and fantasizing about the day that we’d meet them and fall head-over-heels in love. It’s a preciously sweet time of childhood, perhaps naïve, but adorable nevertheless.
With no further delay, here are the top heartthrobs of the 90's:
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Who could say no to his goofy little puppy dog face? What made Freddie so lovable was the role he played in one of the best known teen rom-com movie, She’s All That in which he’s a dumb popular boy who undergoes a meaningful change…what more could you ask for?
Brad Pitt was a serious actor during the 90’s, what with Interview with a Vampire and Fight Club, he had no time for games. With his never-changing jawline and Bart Simpson hairstyle, he arguably still remains a heartthrob…even if he’s kind of a dirtbag. In other news, have you seen his 90’s fashion?
I mean, he wasn’t called the Fresh Prince for nothing. Will Smith was the definition of cool. In fact, he still is. Whenever I think of 90’s fashion, I think of Will Smith. He embraced a new level of funkiness.
Otherwise known as Mark Wahlberg. I really can’t stand him but I will admit, he was something to look at. Regardless if you see him as the rapper with the Funky Bunch or the actor, Marky Mark took the 90’s by storm. I recommend NOT watching Fear - it is so creepy and you will hate him forever.
Rad, bad, and dangerous to know, Luke Perry, otherwise known as Dylan Mckay from Beverly Hills 90210 was recognized as the show's heartbreaking, James Dean-esque bad boy. Considering the show dominated teenage television all throughout the decade, it's no wonder he was the apple of everyone's eye (heck, they even made a Barbie out of him!)
The counter act to Dylan on Beverly Hills 90210, Jason Priestley played Brandon Walsh, the wholesome, charming nice guy with GREAT hair. Being a fan of the show, it's hard to choose either Team Brandon or Team Dylan, but the saving grace might be the bromance that exists between the two.
The Boy Bands
If there’s one thing the 90’s might regret, it would be Justin’s frosted tips. That’s right, nobody else demanded a fan-girl mania quite like the boy bands of the 90’s. I’m talking *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Hansen Brothers, New Kids on the Block, Boys II Men - take your pick! All these boyzzz were so rad.
Swoon! Maybe you’ve seen Cruel Intentions. Maybe you think it’s the hottest movie ever. Maybe Ryan Phillippe/Sebastian Valmont has stolen your heart. I truly won’t blame you. He is an angel!
Johnathon Taylor Thomas
What a cutie he was! You might recognize him from Home Improvement and the sound of his young boyish voice may remind you of Simba from The Lion King. Part of JTT’s appeal is that he mysteriously quit (!) Hollywood right at the peak of his young career.
Last but not least, the heartthrobs of heartthrobs. Good ol’ Leo. Film after film, Leo appeared on screen at a young age and stole our hearts. It wasn’t until his breakthrough in films like Titanic and Romeo and Juliet that we started to look at young Leo as a heartthrob. That films are incredibly heartfelt, passionate, romantic, and tragic. We feel it all and ultimately, young Leo is seen as some sort of a hero. After that, it’s been history. Film and film again, he’s charmed us.