Crush of the Week: Les Miserables's Aaron Tveit Meghan O'Keefe

I would like to say I don’t know how I fell so quickly “in crush” with Les Miserables’s Aaron Tveit, but I do know how. After all, I did this to myself.

So, last week, when I was happily obsessing over New Girl‘s Nick Miller, I stumbled upon a gif set of Aaron Tveit explaining to an interviewer how to properly pronounce “Enjolras” and for about five minutes I was unable to think about Nick Milller because I was staring at Aaron Tveit’s face and marveling at how it moved.

Okay, okay, okay…it wasn’t five minutes.

It was like an entire day.

Fine. It’s been this entire past week.

I mean, some of you may have saw this coming. After all I posted the link to this miraculous gif set in the middle of the Nick Miller article. Some of you have seen it. If you have not, it’s here. And if you want to hear the actual pronunciation of Enjolras, it’s here.

If you are confused as to who Aaron Tveit is and why he is so important to my day dreams, then I have to assume that you don’t find handsome blonde men who can sing, act, dance and correctly pronounce “Enjolras” attractive, which would also mean you are crazy. Okay, maybe you’re not crazy. I’m not in a position to comment on your mental health, but I will say that you are strange and unusual and I cannot understand the way you think.

Like Skylar Astin, Aaron Tveit is an American musical theater actor, which means that there are legions of Broadway enthusiasts who have already been charmed by him. And like Skylar Astin, I had no clue who Aaron Tveit was or why I should care about him until the moment he stole the show onscreen in his first big movie role. For Skylar Astin, the moment was when he started singing “Feels Like the First Time” to Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect. For Aaron Tveit, that moment was every moment he was Enjolras in Les Miserables.

Enjolras might actually be my favorite character in Les Miserables. I mean, yes, I was a massive Eponine fan when I was a teen, but then I waited years for this one dude to like me because I thought it was noble or something, and then I realized it’s not noble. It’s crap. Eponine should have moved on to someone better, or at least left her messed up family in Paris and moved to a small coastal town where she could start her own inn wherein she would make money using her smarts and not by cheating people. Dying for someone isn’t as cool as taking care of yourself.

Basically, Eponine’s great, but like the other characters in Les Miserables, she miserable.

Enjolras actually isn’t all that miserable. Enjolras is righteously angry–which is kind of hot. He’s basically this smart, hot, young guy who is so devoted to a cause higher than himself that he can’t be bothered to worry about whether or not some chick likes him or not. I really like that attitude. The less you worry about whether someone and his freckles like you or not, the more stuff you can get done.

Besides, one of the biggest lessons you learn as you grow up, is as Enjolras bluntly puts, “No one cares about your lonely soul.” Enjolras is willing to lay down his life, but not simply for a person who never gave them the time of day. Enjolras is willing to fight and die for a cause that helps both him and people lesser than himself.

But besides being the guy playing Enjolras in a movie, Aaron Tveit is the guy playing Enjolras while wearing a magnificent wig in a movie. My God, that wig is a work of art. I could stare at the way the curls loop in angelic ringlets around Mr. Tveit’s face all day, but then I wouldn’t also be staring at Eddie Redmayne’s freckles.

Basically, between Eddie Redmayne’s freckles and Aaron Tveit’s everything, lets just say Les Miserables is an experience. A very important experience that I am still hung up on months after seeing it in theaters and it’s pretty much Aaron Tveit’s fault.

Okay. It’s my fault. I did this to myself. I tracked down interview clips of Aaron Tveit and watched them. And yes, I know. No one cares about my lonely soul.

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  1. Ha, I’m so glad I found this thanks to googling ‘Aaron Tveit’ for the…oh I don’t know, millionth time this week. I thought I was the only one having this sudden revelation, but like you mentioned, anyone who doesn’t have this slight fangirl obsession after seeing him as Enjolras would have to be clinically insane or not into men. I feel like this slightly legitimizes my newfound obsession, so thank you for this post :)

  2. I love how he embodies every character he plays. And of course, Aaron Tveit is one of the sexiest men I have ever seen. I adored him in Les Miserables. He’s amazingly talented and he deserves all the praise and recognition he receives. He’s amazing in his Broadway shows, and I just watched him in a movie on Youtube called “A Girl Walks Into A Bar,” and if you’re not gushing over him when he’s dancing at the end credits, there’s something seriously wrong with you.

  3. Between him and the spectacularly freckled Eddie Redmayne, my heart can’t take much more.

  4. Finally! Aaron Tveit is finally getting the recognition he deserves! Girl, you’re gonna love this video of him on SVU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmT2ytv5E2Q THAT SMILE. :)

  5. I agree. He was the reason i loved the movie. I would have died by his side as well.. Only wrapped around him while giving a passionate kiss, well we get the idea haha.

  6. He is awesome. Get the Broadway recording of Next To Normal and swoon over his beautiful voice.

  7. Omg I love him! I wanted to see wayyyy more of him than Eddie Redmayne! Plus I wanted to hear him more of him than Eddie Redmayne. Aaron Tveit’s voice is amazing I want to hear it all the time! <3

  8. I feel exactly the same way!!! I absolutely love him, and I couldn’t take my eyes off him the whole time he was on screen. Keeping in mind the only thing I had seen him in before this was as a minor character in Gossip Girl (way to hide your talents man!!!) I was so surprised by him. So talented (and gorgeous ;) ) x

  9. I’ve loved him since 2009… my gawd that man. <3

  10. It is truly not a pretty thing, these never-to-happen crushes. Sigh. But, it was nice to read of your experience as I, too, am in the middle of an insufferable “it. will. never. happen” phase. Just like in real life, it happens when you least expect it. However, after 16 years of being HAPPILY married, I did not think I had it in me. Now I am teeter-tottering on that obsessive-compulsive edge where I begin to think about what (I) w/could (make) happen if we were to meet. (Notice I am keeping my mystery crush hush-hush). We will never meet. I don’t want to meet him, and that is that. Hmph. (Arms crossed, pouty lip.) But, if you ever do meet Matthew Rhys, pass my name on (doh!).

  11. Heeeey! Like Liz said, check out his Next to Normal and Catch Me If You Can stuff. Also, no idea if these are still up, but on youtube there was a clip from catch me if you can of the song “fly fly away” sung by an actress’ name who I can’t think of at the moment. You get to see him in his boxers at the beginning of it (oooouuuu haha) There’s also a pre-les mis/b-way days interview where there’s a really obvious hole in his jeans, on his crotch. I figured I’d add fuel to the fire (:
    PS: Your blog is amazing! Keep it up (:

  12. Hee Eponine is like the one type of girl I hope to be able to avoid becoming – ie pining for a guy I know I can never be with but nobly sacrificing some part of me to finally be recognized by him. Though obviously she is a lot more than that.

  13. OH MY GOD! Track down his songs from his shows Catch Me If You Can and Next To Normal. You think you love him as Enjolras? That’s NOTHING compared to falling in love listening to him sing Goodbye from Catch Me If You Can or I’m Alive from Next To Normal. He will break your heart in the best possible way! This is the BEST Crush of the Week EVER!

  14. get with the program, girl! the Gossip Girl devotees among us have been in love with Aaron Tveit for a long, long time now.

  15. Glad to know I wasn’t the only one obsessing over Aaron Tveit’s interview on how to properly pronounce ‘Enjolras’ <3

  16. I care about your lonely soul. and Aaron Tveit’s face. that being said, Ramin Karmiloo was pretty delicious as Enjolras too…

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