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Crush Alert: 8 Semi-Bizarre Guys I had Crushes On

I had my first crush in kindergarten. Naturally, it’s only escalated from there. Here’s a list of people I’ve seriously had crushes on and why. (This will make you feel awesome and way normal, promise.)

Every. Single. Lawrence Brother

First was Joey, ‘cause who could resist that “Whoa” from Blossom (and that perfect head of hair.) (Side note: What’s this bald thing about, Joey? Or should I say Joseph?) Next, was Matthew, which really started around the time of Mrs. Doubtfire but went full-force when he joined the cast of Boy Meets World. (What can I say, I was a sucker for those pearly whites.) When I realized that the eight-year age difference might make it hard to snag him (clearly, I was totally not delusional as a teen) I turned to the youngest of the bros: Andrew. We were born in the same year! In the same month! It was destiny.

Erik von Detten

Brink! aka my favorite Disney channel movie was really the start of this man’s place in my heart. From his blonde, middle-parted hair that hung slightly in his eyes, to his inline skates, there was no looking back. Shortly after, he starred in So Weird, which was a pretty great TV show based on paranormal activity (this coming from a girl who was obsessed with The People Under The Stairs by Wes Craven and Unsolved Mysteries at a very young age. But that’s another story for another article…)

That Other Guy from So Weird…

Speaking of So Weird, Erik’s character had an older brother that I was also slightly obsessed with. (Hey, I’m not the only one who was, apparently: He starred in Mandy Moore’s music video for ‘Crush’.) Oh, his name? If you must know, it’s Eric Lively. The fact that I had to Google this should really tell you a lot. (He’s apparently gone on to do other things that were less Disney-centric, but really that’s of no consequence to me.)

Ryan Sheckler

If my attraction to inline skaters didn’t signal it, I was a fan of those into the “extreme sports”. That really just meant one thing: Ryan Sheckler. Full disclosure: I have Life of Ryan on DVD, though I’m not proud of it.

Zac Efron

I know what you’re thinking: Everyone thinks Zac Efron is hot. You kind of have to be blind not to. But look, I had a crush on the kid when he had that weird mess of hair and the slight gap in his front teeth, circa High School Musical. (As in the first one). Seriously, now he’s just almost too pretty for me to consider him seriously as crush material. (Though if you’re reading this, Zac, I was totally kidding about that last part. Call me.)

Trent from Daria

Okay, I get that he’s a cartoon guys, don’t get me wrong. Geezus, I’m not that weird. But let’s get real: If Trent was a person in real-life, he’d be pretty hot (and totally my type). Am I wrong? NO.

Please tell me I’m not alone in my taste for the bizarre. Who were your weird crushes?

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  • Tracey Curtis

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who had a crush on Trent

  • Leah Martin

    Erik von Detten was one of my first celebrity crushes 😀 Brink, to this day, is one of my favorite movies!

    • Audrey Ruston

      Not to mention the Princess Diaries! Although he was kind of a jerk-face.

  • Diana Zapata

    one time in middle school (or freshman year?) a girl told me one of her friends was on the same cruise as erik von detten. i dont know if it was the truth but I was incredibly jealous of her.

  • Hannah Hatch


    • Samantha Leal

      dude, good to know.

  • Rachel Casey

    Trent is amazing and a worthy Cartoon Crush, everyone has one so dont feel weird. When I was a “tween” I was convinced that there would be a fight to the death for my hand in marriage between Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Brad Renfro. I was actually heartbroken when I heard Brad died.

  • Linzy Allen

    Zac Efron grew up in a town about 15 minutes away from my hometown. I actually saw him perform on stage in Peter pan when I was a kid, way before he was famous. I remember telling my sister that I thought he was cute. Haha!

  • Liz Haebe

    Eric Lively…Blake Lively’s brother. He was kinda cute, can’t lie. But, I totally had a crush on Matthew Lawrence, in my 20’s, as I forced everyone I lived with to watch Boy Meets World re-runs over and over again. He was so hot.

  • Jen Georgeff

    I loved Trent too. I think there a lot more of us out there than we ever thought! Oh man, and Matthew Lawrence, I loved him so.

    • Estela Magana

      Totally agree!! Trent and Matthew Lawrence!! I totally still have crushes on both of them…is that weird?

  • Rachel K. Sparkman

    The Lawrence brothers are still hot, hair or no hair! Matthew and Andrew have both guest starred on “Melissa and Joey,” and my schoolgirl crushes returned full force! :)

  • Windsky Dee

    I had a crush on Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park. :/

  • Colleen Sweeney

    I loved Jonathan Brandis. I don’t know if he counts as a bizarre crush, but there it is. And I totally had a crush on Trent (and so did my friends in high school), so don’t feel weird about it.

  • Lexi Evans

    Eric Lively was in Mandy Moore’s “Walk Me Home” music video not “Crush”. Not particularly proud I know this information but just thought I’d give you a heads up. :)

    • Samantha Leal

      hahaha thanks! I’m blaming my intense, laser focus on Eric.

  • Amanda LaCroix

    I had such a crush on Zac Efron circa ‘Summerland’ starring Aunt Becky, sexy sexy young Jesse McCartney and also sexy sexy Ryan Kwanten with his Australian accent.

    • Samantha Leal

      ah, loved that show. two things: 1) jesse mccartney and zac were essentially the same age. weird. 2) she really always will be aunt becky in our hearts, huh?

  • Courtney Kouba

    I love I solved mysteries.
    “what’s in your bag?”
    Still use that.

  • Catherine Bruno

    No way! I thought I was the only one who had a crush on Trent!

  • Britney Roqué

    Erik von Detten was my tweenage dream. One of my friends from middle school recently posted a picture on Facebook of him and Mr. Von Detten himself, I guess he saw him out in LA somewhere. Words could not describe the jealousy.

    Also, Trent would be the hottest if he were real life. However, finding out what the dude who voiced Trent actually looks like is a true disappointment.

    • Samantha Leal

      wait, what!? DOES HE STILL HAVE THE HAIR? All other questions irrelevant.

  • Nikki Lourdes Alfonso

    I still say “Skate Better.” Also, So Weird was totally the best! Even when the main character changed from that brunette to the blonde, i still watched and enjoyed!

  • Malinda Wallace

    I totally have Brink! on VHS. I KNOW, RIGHT. It’s spectacular.

  • Meredith Hershey

    I have a totally bizarre crush on Rhys Ifans. Despite the fact that he’s a scruffy, chain-smoking, drunken troublemaker who’s more than twice my age, I can’t get over his Welsh accent and his stupid cowlick. Unfortunately, every search for pictures of him on Tumblr just gets more articles about him picking fights with people. Seriously Rhys, don’t make me feel like a jerk for liking you.

    Also, Trent? Just the beginning of my childhood cartoon crushes. Spike Spiegel, Gene Starwind, Vegeta from DBZ. The list goes on.

  • Samira Garcia

    you are my awkward crush spirit sister, seriously

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