In which Slag responds to yesterday's post by the TDEC
1. Keira Knightley: of course. In spite of her advanced Britishness and the fact that she's a bit too skinny for my taste, she is a very attractive woman. I first noticed her in Bend It Like Beckham (where most people first noticed her), and of course her career has since taken off. She has really beautiful eyes and is very shapely.
2. Kerri Walsh: U.S. Olympic beach volleyball star. I must admit to having a thing for athletes. Her teammate gets all the attention, but Ms. Walsh is much more my type. She has a very cute nose and a cute smile. And of course, she competes in a bikini. Very sexy.
3. Claire Danes: I didn't originally fall for Ms. Danes per se, but rather for her character of Angela Chase on the short-lived ABC series My So-Called Life. "Angela" was 15 and I was 16, and we both had the existential angst and self-doubt that most people have when they're 15 or 16. Angela was a beautiful girl that I could relate to and identify with at a time when I was still scared of girls. I've followed Ms. Danes's career since, and it's pretty much jumped the shark, but she's still a beautiful actress who seems humble enough to identify with.
4. Miranda Otto: somewhat obscure Australian actress who played Eowyn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2nd and 3rd movies). As with Claire Danes, I think my crush was more on the character than on the actress - an intelligent, self-confident queen who kicked a lot of Sauron ass.
5. Brigit Prinz: star of Germany's women's World Cup soccer team. See the above entry about my feelings for athletes. I think Ms. Prinz is a horrible person for scoring the final goal in Germany's 3-0 win over the U.S., but wow is she hot. As one would expect from a soccer player, she has great legs.
6. Kim Clijsters: Belgian tennis star. I guess that in addition to having a thing for athletes, I have a thing for Belgians. Actually, the TDEC and I disagree about Ms. Clijsters - she doesn't see what the attraction is. But it's obvious to me - she (I meant Ms. Clijsters, but this applies to the TDEC as well) is stylish, graceful, and sexy at the same time.
7. Ingrid Bergman, circa 1942: I wish I could jump in a time machine and meet Ms. Bergman around the time she made Casablanca. She had so much style and class, and just a trace of mystery behind her Swedish accent.
Will I now declare my undying love for the TDEC? Of course. I love her more than I ever imagined I could love anyone. But I think the point she made yesterday is absolutely right - if I can't tell her (and, er, the millions of you reading Total Drek) about a few harmless celebrity crushes, how can we ever survive the really difficult times in our relationship, when we'll have to be perfectly honest and open with each other? I should save my energy for the real problems that arise in any relationship, and my guilt feelings for things that I actually do to feel guilty about.