Think about things that shaped your youth: bold fashion style, skateboard shoes, and celebrity crushes. Who could forget tearing up Tiger Beat magazine to collect perfect photos of their heartthrobs? Who could stop thinking back to their teenage bedroom covered with posters on the walls and ceiling? Who could forget chatting with friends about their favorite stars? But over time, everything has changed, and we didn’t have much time to look back at our first crushes.
So sit back and relive some of your earliest crushes! You’ll be happy to know that the boys from the 2000s have blossomed well since their peak, and some are still young. From stunning brunette men like Alexander Skarsgård and Patrick Dempsey to the hottest men Henry Cavill and Keanu Reeves, you won’t be able to contain your heart once you see how gorgeous these heartthrobs still look today
Check out the gallery below for an update on your favorite movie stars!
#1 Michael Ealy
After being famous for his role as Ricky Nash in Barbershop (2002), Early continued starring in other successful films such as Fast 2 Furious (2003), Takers (2010), Think Like a Man (2012), About Last Night (2014), Think Like a Man Too (2014), The Perfect Guy (2015), and The Intruder (2019).
#2 Benedict Cumberbatch
Thanks to his contributions on screen and stage, Cumberbatch has received various accolades, including a British Academy Television Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and a Laurence Olivier Award, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards, two British Academy Film Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. Some of his most well known films: Hawking (2004), BBC series Sherlock (from 2010 to 2017), Patrick Melrose (2018),…Since 2016, he has joint MCU in the role of Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange (2016) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).
#3 The Rock
The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) is recognized as a great wrestler in the world of wrestling. He used to have 8 years of dedication to this career before coming to acting. Although he is not a professional actor, he has participated in notable movies such as The Mummy Returns (2001), The Scorpion King (2002), The Game Plan (2007), Race to Witch Mountain (2009), Fast Five (2011), and Jungle Cruise (2021).
#4 Jason Momoa
Jason Momoa made his acting debut as Jason Loane on the syndicated action drama series Baywatch: Hawaii (1999–2001). After that, he appeared in other famous films like Stargate Atlantis (2005–2009), Game of Thrones (2011–2012), Frontier (2016–2018), and See (2019–present).
#5 Javier Bardem
Bardem won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Anton Chigurh in the film No Country for Old Men (2007). He also received critical acclaim for his performances in movies such as Jamón Jamón (1992), Boca a boca (1995), Carne trémula (1997), Los lunes al sol (2002), Mar adentro (2004), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Skyfall (2012), To the Wonder (2013), Mother! (2017), Dune (2021).
#6 Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy made his film debut in Black Hawk Down (2001). Since then, he appeared in films such as Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), RocknRolla (2008), Bronson (2008), Warrior (2011), The Drop (2014), Inception (2010) ,The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Dunkirk (2017), Venom (2018) and its sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021).
#7 Idris Elba
Idris Elba is well-known for his performances as Stringer Bell in The Wire, DCI John Luther in Luther, and Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). He has been nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award and has been shortlisted four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film.
#8 Blair Underwood
Underwood has appeared in a number of famous films, including Just Cause (1995), Set It Off (1996), Deep Impact (1998), Rules of Engagement (2000), Something New (2006), Madea’s Family Reunion (2006), and Juanita (2019). He has received two Golden Globe Award nominations, five NAACP Image Awards, one Daytime Emmy Award, and one Grammy Award during his career.
#9 Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom achieved stardom as the character Legolas in The Lord of the Rings film series. He became more well-known for his roles in historical, epic fantasy, and action movies, notably as the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Dead Man’s Chest (2006), and At World’s End (2007). He currently stars in the Amazon Prime Video series Carnival Row (2019–present).
#10 Bradley Cooper
His career began with a role in a TV series such as Sex and the City ( 1999). 2 years later, Cooper appeared in his first short film Wet Hot American Summer. Some of his featured films: Alias (2001-2006), Wedding Crasher (2005), Limitless (2011), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012),…
#11 Taye Diggs
Taye Diggs is well-known for his performances in the Broadway musicals Rent and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the TV series Private Practice and All American, and the films How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Brown Sugar, The Best Man and its sequel, The Best Man Holiday. From 2014 to 2016 he played Inspector Terry English in Murder in the First.
#12 Tom Hiddleston
Hiddleston made his acting debut in the films like Unrelated (2007) and Archipelago (2010). However, he rose to stardom by playing Loki in the MCU, first in Thor in 2011 and then in the Disney+ series Loki in 2021.
#13 Joe Manganiello
Joe Manganiello made his feature film debut in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man as Flash Thompson. His breakthrough performance came in the five seasons of the HBO series True Blood as the werewolf Alcide Herveaux. He is also famous for his roles in films such as Magic Mike, Magic Mike XXL, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and Sabotage.
#14 Lee Pace
Lee Pace is well-known for his roles as Thranduil the Elvenking in The Hobbit trilogy and as Joe MacMillan in the AMC period drama television series Halt and Catch Fire. He has also appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy and in Captain Marvel. From 2021, he stars in the TV series Foundation, an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s science fiction stories
#15 Chris Pine
Pine made his feature film debut as Lord Devereaux in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). Then, he participated in other films like Star Trek (2009–Present), Unstoppable (2010), Into the Woods (2014), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), Hell or High Water (2016), The Finest Hours (2016), Wonder Woman (2017) and Wonder Woman 1984 (2020), A Wrinkle in Time (2018), and Outlaw King (2018).
#16 Jamie Dornan
#17 Chris Hemsworth
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#18 Alexander Skarsgård
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#19 Dev Patel
#20 Michael B. Jordan
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#21 Ryan Reynolds
#22 Henry Cavill
#23 Oscar Isaac
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