Crush of the WeekCrush of the Week: Lee PaceMeghan O'Keefe

I hate being late to parties. It makes me even more awkward and out of step with everyone than usual. So, let me just apologize in advance for being late to the Lee Pace party.

Some of you might be scratching your head and going, “Who?” The rest of you…the cool ones who have been at this party for years…those of you who have screencaps of his adorable face in Wonderfalls…feel free to cross your arms and look at me smugly because you got here way before I did.

I would like to say the reason that I’m having a Lee Pace moment now (and not five years ago when the amazing Pushing Daisies initially aired) is because he slipped through my “hot-up-and-coming-British-and-Irish-actor” radar because he is a “hot-up-and-coming-American-actor.”  See, I make it a point to follow all British television productions and London stage reviews to get the scoop on who everyone’s going to be crushing on in five years. I would call it a hobby, but truly it is a passion. A calling. I knew who Michael Fassbender was over five years ago when he was on a terrible show called Hex. I’ve been waiting for Henry Cavill to break since he was the teen son in The Count of Monte Cristo. I was in love with Matthew Crawley back when he was Edward Ferras. Right now you all should be buying stock in Harry Lloyd, Joe Dempsie and Rory Kinnear. So, yeah, the all-American Lee Pace was not on my radar.

But I still have no excuse.

My best friend Dan was constantly blogging, emailing me and talking to me about Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies. Of course, when it came to Pushing Daisies, his primary area of focus was Anna Friel, because Dan has a type, and that type is sweet, wide-eyed brunettes with geeky and silly vibes. Types are fine. My type is tall guys with old fashioned values, progressive politics, great hair, tons of smarts and a cheeky sense of humor. Anyway, that’s one of the reasons he was so adamant that I get on the Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies train. I remember him repeatedly singing the praises of one Mr. Lee Pace and strongly hinting that I would enjoy the charms of one Mr. Lee Pace. I can’t explain why I didn’t trust him, but I can take this incident as strong proof that straight men and straight women can be friends and we can be wingmen for each other’s romantic fantasies, despite what the message of When Harry Met Sally suggested.

Anyway, back to Lee Pace.

You have no idea how angry I am with myself that I am only watching Pushing Daisies now. You have no idea how sad I am that the past five years of my life were not spent crushing on Lee Pace. He is golden.

Why is he so great?

  1. He is tall and handsome like a Disney prince. (See: any photo of Lee Pace wherein he is always tall and handsome)
  2. He can pull off the most human emotions and rakish charms in the craziest of situations. (See: Pushing Daisies and Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2)
  3. He is a classically trained stage actor, which means he cannot only nail a sweet adorable lovelorn guy, but an inhumanely perfect Elf King who sired Orlando Bloom’s Legolas. (See: Pushing Daisies and The Hobbit flicks)
  4. He looks good in shirts. (See: Lee Pace in shirts)
  5. He’s got a young Jimmy Stewart all-American vibe, but he can also be bitingly funny. (See: Lee Pace in everything)

I could go on. Every time I see him I keep thinking how he’s kind of my ideal boyfriend, and what’s a crush but an ideal. Crushes are ideas of people that are better than people actually are. Lee Pace is one of those rare actors who can play idealized versions of people and yet ground them in human emotions. You feel for him.

For all these reasons (and due to the fact that I’m jazzed about comic books and Marvel in general), I’m super excited by the possibility that he might be Star Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I will be honest and say that while I’m not the biggest Guardians of the Galaxy fan (as in it’s never been on my pull list), I think it could be a fun and wild sci-fi/Marvel hybrid flick, but it would need an actor who can ground all the craziness with tangible human charm and emotion, and Lee Pace can do that. He’s sort of hit the high notes of his career doing it. So, fingers crossed, he’ll be joining my beloved Marvel pantheon.

Anyway, with a superhero flick or without, Lee Pace has sort of ka-pow punched his way into my affections and I hope he doesn’t leave them.

(And YES, I KNOW I need to watch The Fall.)

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  • Danielle Walker

    Crush of the week?? Try crush of the length of my existence!!! Oh my lanta.

  • Farshad Fazaeli

    he is talented

  • Kalli Streator

    He’s the American Tom Hiddleston. Both are occasionally dorky, thoughtful, smart, polite, talented and increasingly beautiful the longer you study them. I don’t really buy Pace’s English accent though – in Pettigrew and Ceremony it slips around a bit, but he’s still sexy doing it. He’s taken some odd roles (30 Beats was a garbage film, just completely strange & stilted) but at least he’s shown he has a range and seems to be on the radar now for some meaty characters.

    Also: Wonderfalls is THE BEST. The rare show that makes me want to stockpile sets of the complete first/only season DVDs to give away and ensure more people enjoy the sweet goofiness of that show.

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  • Meredith Hammond

    Thank you so much for this! I started watching Pushing Daisies when it first aired because it starred Kristin Chenoweth (and I’m a huge theatre geek) and I never thought I would fall madly in love with Ned the Pie Maker a.k.a. Lee Pace (and I will say a huge fan of everyone on that show)! Not to mention The Fall is my favorite movie of all time. Not just because it stars Lee Pace, but definitely one of the top reasons. But don’t forget that you also have to watch Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. He’s so dreamy in that movie. Unfortunately, I haven’t watched Wonderfalls yet, but it’s definitely in my Netflix queue. But I flip anytime I find out about a movie Lee Pace is in (number one reason I want to go see Breaking Dawn Pt. 2). But don’t apologize for being late to the Lee Pace is Amazing and Talented and So Cute party! You’re here now and that’s all that matters! Welcome! Thank you for acknowledging an actor who deserves a little more fame and maybe an Oscar. A nomination at least.

  • Rosanna Preston

    Please watch Miss Pettigrew lives for a day! His English accent in it is so good I started to think he was actually English and putting on an American accent in Pushing Daisies
    And I’m English myself. :-)

  • Barbara Gossin

    i mourn the loss of Pushing Daisies basically every day.

    • Meaghan BZ

      Me too! It’s depressing. I want to be Olive’s roommate.

  • Meaghan BZ

    Finally, someone shares my intense love of Lee Pace. I fell in love with him on Pushing Daisies, then again in Miss Pettigrew, then on Wonderfalls. I would be his Pie Ho any day. *le sigh*

  • Claire Tandy

    Ahh, my friend on Twitter linked me to this article, being the Lee Pace fan that I am known to be ^-^
    So happy to have you onboard, as a fellow admirer of such a lovely gentleman!
    Pushing Daisies breaks my heart, but I cannot get enough of it… and as so many people before me have said (and as you yourself have admitted) you definitely need to watch The Fall – Pace aside, it is such a beautiful film, and Monsieur Pace really is the sprinkles on top!!
    How is it you eventually happened upon The Pace, if I may ask?

    I loved Hex when it was on… in fact it was filmed just down the road from where I live. woo! So I too was a tad early to the Fassbender party!

    Keep the Pace love alive :)


  • Molly Paige

    Yes to all of this. For sure, love for Lee Pace is the gift that keeps on giving. He is so phenomenally talented. If you haven’t watched Wonderfalls, it is a MUST!!! And obviously, as you’ve said… The Fall!!! If you think you love Lee Pace now, just WAIT for The Fall. (Also try to find Soldier’s Girl. VERY different, VERY awesome!!!)

  • Elisabeth Miller

    Wonderfalls was my introduction to The Man. And he is beautiful and wonderful and talented.

  • Catherine Green

    AH! AHAHAHAHAHAAAA! Ah! Ahahaha! You mentioned Harry Lloyd! Ahahahaha you have not clue how happy that makes me! Ahahaha!
    Plus Lee Pace is incredible, but I’ll never be able to see him as anything other than “The Pie Maker”

  • Laura G. Barea

    The most beautiful pie-maker in the history of time!! :)

  • Meredith W. Park

    ah yes! so glad you’ve discovered him! The Fall is my absolute favourite movie. You would also LOVE him alongside Uma Thurman in Ceremony..hilarious is all i can say there

  • Michelle Welch-Rivera

    The Fall is a different kind of Lee Pace, but still swoon-worthy. He is annoyingly my type and I’ve been obsessed with him since, yes, Wonderfalls. I’m actually kinda jealous you’re just now watching Pushing Daisies, I wish I could remove it from my psyche so I could completely start over, bright eyed, watching it again with genuine surprise and joy on my face! *sigh* Taken from us too soon… Welcome to the club, we’ve got jackets & aprons… Have you seen Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day? Get on that! XO

  • Kristina Aguirre

    You are so late to this party, but I will welcome you cause any fan of Lee Pace is a friend of mine!

  • Katie Gray

    Ugh LOVED Pushing Daisies. My sister and I basically had a pitty party when ABC decided to cancel it :(

  • Angela Harris

    Yes you need to watch The Fall. Everyone needs to watch The Fall!!!!

  • Stephanie Girolami James

    Loved him since I saw The Fall, where he rocks out some eyeliner.

  • Megan Ann

    Glad that people are FINALLY recognizing his talent (was very impressed with him in Lincoln) and the fact that he’s heartbreakingly handsome. Love him.

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