- So-called internet boyfriends are celebrities who are not only talented at what they do, but also exude kindness, intrigue, and, of course, undeniable allure.
- Some of the internet’s favourite “boyfriends” are Keanu Reeves, Timothée Chalamet, Noah Centineo, Idris Elba, and Oscar Isaac.
- See what 21 of them are up to now.
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Every so often, the internet picks a new “boyfriend.” The lucky guy becomes the subject of the collective internet community’s affection and infatuation. At least that’s what it feels like, anyway.
Internet boyfriends are celebrities who are not only talented at what they do, but also exude kindness, intrigue, and, of course, undeniable allure.
See what 21 of the internet’s favourite boyfriends are up to now.
Keanu Reeves is the internet’s most recent obsession.
By starring in movies like “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” “Toy Story 4,” and “Always Be My Maybe” this year alone, Reeves gained a whole new generation of fans.
Reeves has more projects in the works.
He’s in the pre-production stages of “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” the third instalment of his stoner-dude cult classic that began in 1989.
His costar, Alex Winter, recently took to Twitter to share a storyboard image of the characters.
Even before his big break as the lead role in 2018’s “Call Me By Your Name,” Timothée Chalamet was laying down the groundwork with his role as a bad boy in 2017’s “Lady Bird.”
You don’t need to look far to find the New York City native’s influence on social media. He’s inspired chic T-shirts– including one with the phrase “Chalamet and Chill” – as well as an Instagram account that shared reimagined renaissance paintings with Chalamet as its muse.
The 23-year-old has since starred alongside Steve Carrell in the drama “Beautiful Boy,” and is attached to various upcoming films.
Some of them include: “The King” with Robert Pattinson (2019), “Little Women” with Saoirse Ronan (2019), and “Dune” with Zendaya (2020).
Vanity Fair recently sent the internet into a frenzy with the first look at “Little Women,” which includes a photo of a vest-clad Chalamet as Theodore ‘Laurie’ Laurence. The film is set to premiere on December 25.
Oscar Isaac once told Rolling Stone Magazine he’s “an actor, not a star.” He’s had roles in “Star Wars” and “X-Men.”
In a hilarious edition of Buzzfeed’s “Thirst Tweets” with costar John Boyega, the Guatemala-born actor read just a few of the comments that his fans make on Twitter. One tweet read, “Sexy ways to spice up the bedroom, wear an Oscar Isaac mask.”
Isaac will voice Gomez Addams in the upcoming animated version of “The Addams Family.”
The 40-year-old will also return as Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which will hit theatres on December 20.
Idris Elba has starred in “Thor,” “Star Trek,” and on BBC One’s “Luther.”
The Brit also appeared on Season 5 of NBC’s “The Office,” where he played the handsome new boss. In one of the 2009 episodes, Elba delivered the fitting line, “I am aware of the effect I have on women.”
Elba nearly broke the internet (along with many hearts) back in April when British Vogue confirmed that he married model Sabrina Dhowre.
Elba has a few new projects in the works, including Tom Hooper’s “Cats,” with costars Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, and Ian McKellen.
When the film’s official trailer dropped in July, viewers took to Twitter to share some of their hilarious and terrified reactions.
“Cats” hits theatres on December 20.
Jeff Goldblum is loved for his fashion sense and has inspired many online memes.
His role in 2017’s “Thor: Ragnarok” as the fashion-forward Grandmaster, reminded fans of his charm – and later inspired another hilarious instalment of BuzzFeed’s “Thirst Tweets.”
Goldblum recently performed with his jazz band, Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, at the UK’s Glastonbury Festival.
Goldblum and his band released their first album “The Capitol Studios Sessions” last year, and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums charts.
He will also host a travel documentary series on Disney Plus titled, “The World According to Jeff Goldblum.”
Winston Duke became the internet’s obsession after his performance as M’Baku in Marvel’s 2018 blockbuster smash hit “Black Panther.”
The Trinidadian actor studied at Yale School of Drama with “Black Panther” costar Lupita Nyong’o. He had small roles in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Modern Family.”
Duke starred alongside Nyong’o in Jordan Peele’s “Us” earlier in 2019.
He brought some much appreciated comic relief to the psychological-thriller as a laid back dad who tries to protect his family from a band of murderous look-alikes.
Thanks to his starring role in Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” in 2018, Noah Centineo instantly became an internet heartthrob.
The 23-year-old Florida native became the go-to male lead in several other Netflix teen rom-coms, including 2018’s “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser” and this year’s “The Perfect Date.”
Centineo will star in the upcoming Elizabeth Banks-directed “Charlie’s Angels.”
He’ll be playing Langston, a friend of Naomi Scott’s character, Elena, in the Elizabeth Banks-directed film. The film is slated for November 15, 2019.
Centineo will also reprise his role as Peter Kavinsky in the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” sequel that will come out sometime in 2020.
Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican reggaeton artist, who’s collaborated with Drake, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, J Balvin, and Cardi B.
In less than four years, the 25-year-old rapper has taken the music industry by storm by collaborating with some of the biggest names in Latin America and the US – way before releasing his chart-topping debut album, “X100PRE.”
His appeal goes further than his musical talents though.
Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, is known for making bold fashion statements that challenge the gender-norms that are (especially) expected of male artists in the Latin music industry, such as wearing a full set of colourful nail art.
He’s also brought attention to politics in Puerto Rico by meeting with Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, along with fellow reggaeton artist, Calle 13, in January.
Bad Bunny has appeared on the covers of The Fader, Billboard, and Paper magazine.
The rapper recently finished his “X100PRE” tour, which he briefly put on hold in order to join the historic protests in Puerto Rico that called for the former Gov. Ricardo Roselló’s resignation.
He also gave a trippy performance at the MTV VMAs with frequent collaborator, J Balvin.
Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) is a longtime internet boyfriend.
Not only does he write and star in critically acclaimed TV shows like FX’s “Atlanta” and his recent Amazon Prime movie “Guava Island” (2019), but he’s also a Grammy award-winning artist.
When he released the music video for “This is America” last year, it became an instant classic due to the stunning visuals that resonate with the current political climate in the US.
Glover is set to star in Disney’s “Lion King” in 2019.
The 35-year-old voiced Simba. “The Lion King” CGI-action remake premiered in theatres on July 19, 2019.
Harry Styles is another longtime internet boyfriend.
Ever since his One Direction days, Styles has maintained his status as an internet boyfriend thanks to his laid back yet witty personality.
The English singer-songwriter had a successful transition from boy band member to full-on rock star with his well-received solo album in 2017, “Harry Styles.” He’s also an outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ community.
Styles was one of the 2019 Met Gala’s co-chairs along with Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, and Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
He wore a see-through black blouse and a single pearl earring, and fans were thrilled about his look.
Styles was among the actors up for the role of Elvis Presley in an upcoming biopic, but they gave it to “The Carrie Diaries'” Austin Butler.
The 25-year-old recently graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and talked about the time he didn’t let a bloody tongue stop him from singing. Styles also recounted feeling anxiety during his time in One Direction.
Fans of “Black Panther” almost instantly became infatuated with Michael B. Jordan.
Not only was his performance in the 2018 movie extraordinary, but his dashing good looks also helped make the part a favourite for movie-goers.
His outspoken love of anime is another reason why fans love the actor.
Jordan will voice the main character on Adult Swim’s “Gen: LOCK” anime.
According to Variety, the animated series is set 50 years in the future in a dystopian society. His cast members include Dakota Fanning, Maisie Williams, Kōichi Yamadera, Golshifteh Farahani, Asia Kate Dillon, and David Tennant.
It will premiere on August 3 of this year.
The internet loves to swoon over “Queer Eye’s” Antoni Porowski.
The cast of Netfllix’s “Queer Eye” have become some of the internet’s favourite people in general, but if Porowski’s Instagram comments are any indication, the Canadian is definitely a fan-favourite.
Porowski and the rest of the Fab Five will be back for season 4 of Netflix’s “Queer Eye.”
It will premiere on July 19.
Henry Golding began to steal the internet’s heart with his starring role in “Crazy Rich Asians.”
The 2018 rom-com was the English-Malaysian actor’s first feature film. He then starred alongside Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in that same year’s “A Simple Favour.”
Golding will star with Emilia Clarke, Emma Thompson, and Michelle Yeoh in “Last Christmas.”
The film is set to premiere on November 8 later this year.
Chris Evans, more commonly known as Captain America in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, is considered one of the nicest guys in Hollywood — and, of course, the internet.
The Boston native also doesn’t shy away from politics and has called out President Donald Trump on social media as well as on interviews.
Evans has a few more projects in the works, including “Knives Out” with Daniel Craig, Lakeith Stanfield, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Rami Malek said he felt “weird” about being the internet’s boyfriend back in 2016.
Vulture asked Malek what it felt like to be a “sex symbol” in 2016, and the Egyptian actor responded with “yeah, that’s a bit awkward.”
His performance as Elliot Alderson in the critically acclaimed USA series, “Mr. Robot,” made him one to watch since 2015.
Malek then landed the role of Queen’s iconic front man, Freddie Mercury, in 2018’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” – which earned him his first Oscar win for best actor.
Malek is set to portray the chief villain in the upcoming James Bond film, “No Time to Die.”
The first official trailer for the film, starring Daniel Craig, was revealed on August 20.
Malek also joined the cast of “Doctor Dolittle,” which includes Robert Downey Jr., Octavia Spencer, Kumail Nanjiani, and Tom Holland.
Last year, Downey Jr. took to Twitter to unveil the full cast of the upcoming Universal Pictures remake of the classic story about a doctor who can speak to animals.
It’s set to hit theatres on January 17, 2020.
The Jonas Brothers broke the internet when they announced they were back together in February.
They also played into their fans nostalgia by recreating one of their home videos and by updating the lyrics to their “Year 3000” song in a timely parody segment on “The Late Late Show With James Corden.”
The trio is currently on tour for their album, “Happiness Begins,” and performed at MTV’s Video Music Awards.
The brothers performed “Sucker” and “Only Human” in their home state of New Jersey at the 2019 VMAs, complete with fireworks on the beach.
They also celebrated Joe’s wedding to “Game of Thrones'” Sophie Turner in France in July 2019.
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the first ever internet boyfriends, thanks to his lead role on 2010’s “Sherlock.”
He is credited as one of the first to hold this title, thanks to his legions of devoted fans on Tumblr and now Twitter, who have followed his career ever since BBC’s “Sherlock.”
Cumberbatch is now a full-on movie star, with roles in “Star Trek,” “The Hobbit” and “Avengers.”
The Brit has several projects in the works in the next couple of years. He’ll also return as Doctor Strange in the sequel to the 2016 stand-alone MCU film, according to a recent announcement from Marvel at San Diego’s Comic-Con.
Like Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy was one of the first to have the title.
The “Venom” star’s rugged good looks might fool some people, but the internet knows that he is actually quite a softie.
Hardy will reprise his role as Eddie Brock/Venom in the sequel to the 2018 film.
Producer Amy Pascal told Fandango that she would love to include Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in “Venom.”
Hardy’s also said to appear in the sequel of 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” titled “Mad Max: The Wasteland.”
Both projects don’t have release dates as of yet.
Adam Rippon became an internet boyfriend for unapologetically being himself: The first openly gay man to ever compete for Team USA at the Winter Olympics in 2018.
It was also the figure skater’s frank disagreement with Vice President Mike Pence leading the US Olympic delegation at the 2018 Opening Ceremonies in South Korea that put him at the centre of attention.
“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it,” the 29-year-old said.
In January of 2019, he told CBS News that he is retiring from professional figure skating and is launching a career as a media host.
He also made an appearance in Taylor Swift’s star-studded “You Need To Calm Down”music video in 2019.
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