As much as I hate to admit it, a good portion of my life is spent in the fake world of movies. Here are the top five (that I can think of at the moment) characters I’ve fallen for at various times in my life:
5. Rachel Weisz as Izzie Creo in The Fountain
There’s something so incredibly peaceful and other-worldly about this girl with the incurable disease. It just tears my heart out to see her husband vainly trying to extend her life instead of spending what is left of it with her.
4. Jennifer Lien as Kes in Star Trek Voyager
Sweet, guileless, humble, understanding — yet powerful and dangerous beyond anyone’s wildest expectations. Kes’s charm is almost like a force of nature — elemental in its wisdom, innocence, and strength.
Labeled in the opening sequence as “the basket case,” this artsy and interesting character is really the only one who didn’t deserve to get sent to detention. She might be a compulsive liar who doesn’t have the best table manners, but she’s so adorably herself that I can’t help but be disappointed when she lets Claire “fix” her hair and makeup.
2. Bruce Willis as John McClain in Die Hard
I’ll bet my boots that just about every guy who admires manliness has some level of a man-crush on this manliest of all manly men. After all, who can help going a little googly-eyed at his cool “Just a fly in the ointment, Hans” just before he unleashes all manner of havoc on the terrorist’s plan.
1. Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation
This lady is so passionate about and skilled at her work, so loyal to her friends, so hard-headedly optimistic, and so bewitchingly genuine that I honestly do not care if she’s twice my age. She is one sexy lady.