I write this after my third viewing of this week's "True Blood." Why did I watch the HBO show three times? Was it because of the intricate "Lost"-like plot? (Um, noes because said intricacy does not exist in this soapy show. It's about as obvious as you can get.)
I am re-watching because I have fallen deeply in love with Eric Northman, the (spoiler alert) amnesiac Viking vampire currently courting Sookie Stackhouse. I say Eric, rather than the actor Alexander Skarsgard.
What I've got is a character crush. There is a huge difference.
By way of explanation, Idris Elba, Johnny Depp, Alec Baldwin (young and silver fox stages) are all absolutely gorgeous to me, but I cannot say that I loved Idris as "Stringer Bell" because he was a pretty ruthless drug dealer. Handsome yes, but would I date him? Hell no.
Same is true for Johnny Depp back in his "21 Jump Street" days. He was hot but I remember very little of his narc character. I think Alec Baldwin is amazing as Jack on "30 Rock," but I would not challenge Avery for his affections.
No, a real character crush means you are in love not only with the actors' appearance as the character, but the character he or she is portraying. In my case, I did dig the handsome Eric when he was a conniving, manipulative and wise-cracking vamp on "True Blood," but his post-mind erasure portrayal is heartbreaking.
He is sweet, considerate, adorable and absolutely innocent. Yes, he veers into chump territory from time to time, but generally, I'd date him...fangs or not. I cannot get enough of him on screen.
There, I feel better now that I've said it.
It got me thinking back through the history of character crushes. Here are some other TV character crushes. There aren't very many, I admit. Some are great people. Others, not so much. What can I say? Go ahead and laugh at me, then share yours.
Jin Soo-Kwon, "Lost"
I thought Jin was a pushy, sexist jerk at the beginning of "Lost," but as his beautiful story with soulmate Sun unfolded toward the end, I was smitten with him. Those angular cheekbones and killer build don't hurt, but his kindness and awesome husbandness is what got my attention.
Omar, "The Wire"
You are thinking: um, what? First, he would not be attracted to me, since he was into men on "The Wire." Second, he isn't exactly on Stringer's level look-wise. But Omar's flawed nobility and yes, chiseled cheekbones, had me at "Omar coming, yo!" I could not resist. This drug-dealer's Robin Hood stole my heart.
Simon Adebesi, "Oz"
I know. This is bad. Adibesi was brutal. But with that Chilly Willy hat cocked to the side and that sexy accent, I could not resist him. True story: I threw a sock at the TV when his character met his karma-driven end on "Oz." The TV almost toppled from its stand. I tried not to repeat this act of aggression when Eric was in trouble a few episodes ago on "True Blood."
David Addison, "Moonlighting"
I love, love, loved Bruce Willis on "Moonlighting," sitting so close to the TV to see him, I could feel it's rays on my skin. His wit, charisma and obvious love for partner, Maddie, put him on my earliest of crush lists.
Uncle Jesse, "Full House"
In the words of the baby Olsens: You got it, dude. Yes, he was a tad on the corny side, but the motorcycle riding, long-haired Uncle Jesse was among my faves. The actor himself is awesome looking, but I am not as interested in the man, John Stamos. Go figure.
RELATED POLL: Do you think Eric is sweet or a simp on "True Blood?" I admit I was leaning toward sweet, but there were some "slow down, you're losing your edge" moments on this week's ep. Weigh in, won't you?