Rachel Paige
February 09, 2015 10:44 am

There are two categories of guys: regular guys, and Tom Hiddleston. He’s basically the British version of Ryan Gosling, if we’re being honest here. He’s quickly moving up the ranks and one day, he might just overpower the Gosling with Pinterest quotes. Plus, day after day he flawlessly reminds us that he is one heck of a human being: polite, well-spoken, well-educated, loves Shakespeare, and Muppets. . .

I mean I could go on, but let’s cut right to the chase: It’s his BIRTHDAY. Dude is 34, and in his brief stint on this Earth, he’s managed to delight us routinely. So we thought we’d throw the love right back, with a look at some of our favorite moments in the company of Mr. H.

That Time He Stormed’ Comic Con as Loki

In 2013, The Avengers was at the height of its world domination tour, and it’s no surprise that Hiddleston made a joyous surprise appearance at the Marvel panel. The discussion about Thor: The Dark World had just started when suddenly the ballroom goes dark, and Loki appears on stage. Naturally, the crowd goes insane. He manages to get the entire crowd chanting, “Loki, Loki, Loki!” Even though he stays in character the entire time, the boyish smile on his face conveys that he is loving it.

When he sang a Disney song and it was perfect

At D23 to promote his animated Disney movie, The Pirate Fairy (didn’t know he was in an animated fairy movie where he voices a young Captain Hook, huh?), he suddenly breaks out into song. What song? “The Bare Necessities” from the Jungle Book. Quick, he needs to play a singing Disney Prince right now.

Whenever he writes adorable thank-you notes

Hiddleston had already played Loki in Thor, and when he learned Loki was also going to be in The Avengers, well, I can naturally assume he fanboy’ed out. After reading the completed Avengers script for the first time, he wrote the best thank-you letter to writer/director/super-guy Joss Whedon. In it, he says things like, “It’s grand and epic and majestic and poetic and lyrical and wicked and rich and badass and might possibly be the most gloriously fun part I’ve ever stared down the barrel of playing,” and‘I’m just sending you a transatlantic shout-out and fist-bump, things that traditionally British actors probably don’t do.” You should probably read the whole thing.

When he’s being the perfect gentleman

While on the MTV Movie Awards red carpet, he asked the reporter interviewing him, Carrie Keagan, if she was cold. She said yes. Without hesitation, Hiddleston takes off his coat and drapes it around her shoulders. This guy.

That other time he sang his heart out. 

So, the interview might be in German, and the show in German, but Stars in Cars has Hiddleston singing “Stand by Me” in the passenger seat. Hey, where are we on those contracts to cast him as a Disney prince? Just wondering.

When he showed off his killer dance moves.

On a Korean talk show, maybe he’s asked to dance, maybe he just feels the beat inside of him, but whatever actually happens, suddenly everyone else clears the stage and Hiddleston is left to break out some killer moves. He also does it in a suit, with his coat still buttoned, and also wearing a skinny tie.

That time he chilled with Cookie Monster.

The two talk about cookies and sharing. If you want to hashtag this moment, PBS has provided the hashtag #TomNomNom.

When he reminded us Shakespeare is everything.

So I don’t know about any of you, but I have a very big soft spot for guys who love the Bard. He starred in Coriolanus in London, and he also recites Shakespeare in a Jaguar commercial and it might be the only time you ever sit through an entire car commercial. If anyone wants to help out, I’m actually in the process of campaigning for Joss Whedon to adapt another Shakespearean play (like he did with Much Ado About Nothing) and the obvious choice for the male lead role is, of course, Hiddleston. I suggest Twelfth Night if you’re listening, Whedon.

This is only just a fraction of the wonderful things Tom has graced us with. For example: those hilarious Comedy Central promos where he argued with kids dressed as Loki? Did I miss any of his wonderful surprises? Probably. Tom, I know it’s your birthday and you’re a little older now, but seriously, don’t ever change.

(Images via here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, hereherehere.)

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