I'm sure I don't need to give you any more reasons to love Tom Hiddleston, because we all have plenty at this point, but what about reasons that loving Tom Hiddleston is the smartest thing you can do? We all need more of those, right? Because honestly, I've had a lot of misguided celebrity crushes over the years — as I hope we all have — and I bet we could use some positive reinforcement. Just a nice little pat on the back to remind us that we're on the right track, and we've bestowed our hopeless, one-sided, love on the right unattainable celebrity! Sigh. What is my life??
Actually no, I refuse to apologize for the attention I lavish on Hiddleston, because he truly is the best and the brightest star in the constellation made up of my celebrity crushes. Look at him up there, glimmering in the sky! Maybe I would feel differently if I knew him in person (*faints at the mere suggestion*), but from the outside, this dude seems practically perfect in every way, à la Mary Poppins, and since that's the whole point of obsessing over an A-Lister, congratulations to you, you're doing it right. Here are 11 reasons that Tom Hiddleston is the thinking woman's crush. Keep your smelling salts nearby.
1. He's A Feminist
This man believes in the equality of the sexes, and I'm at an age and a maturity at this point where that's the sexiest thing ever. Feminism is the first and foremost quality I look for in a man anymore, and Hiddleston has it in spades.
2. He Speaks Up
Remember a second ago when I told you Hiddleston was a feminist? Well, even better than that, he's also a vocal feminist, meaning that he chooses to have your back when other dudes are content to say they're for equality without actually doing anything about it. Yum yum yum.
3. He Puts The Work In
Not that there's anything wrong with leaping right into acting with no formal training — if you've got it, you've got it! — but there's something appealing about the fact that Hiddleston made his education a priority. He attended Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, where he earned a double first (aka double major) in Classics, before moving on to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, one of the most respected theater schools on the planet. It means he isn't used to taking the easy way out, and he'd for sure be up for working on the romantic relationship between the two of you... if it didn't exist solely your head.
4. He's Self-Aware
You know how sometimes you meet someone and you can tell that they've never really been through anything? Like it's all right on the surface? Well you don't have to worry about that with Hiddleston, because he had this to say about his parents' divorce: "I like to think it made me more compassionate in my understanding of human frailty." Swoon. So many people use the tough moments in their lives as reasons to become brittle and bitter, but Hiddleston went the exact opposite route, opening his mind to the struggles others are facing.
5. ...But Utterly Unselfconscious
I mean, HAVE YOU EVER SEEN HIM DANCE. It's the best. He's the best. I'm feeling faint.
6. He's Supportive
Follow Tom Hiddleston for a week on Twitter (I dare you!), and all you'll see is him plugging other people's projects, welcoming his friends to Twitter, and just all around being the sweetest.
7. He's Independent
Whether it's because Hiddleston keeps his private life under wraps and we don't know about his relationships or he just doesn't date a lot, he seems to move about the world without a woman in his life, which suggests to me that he knows who he is and has his life together and doesn't need a partner to feel whole. Once again, not what I would've been looking for in a mate 'round about high school, but right now it's right up my alley.
8. He Cares
Once again, please refer to his Twitter for the many many many (did I say many?) causes that Hiddleston not only supports, but also promotes. The man has a heart the size of Texas and is excited to share it with the world.
9. He Ain't No Scrub
Money isn't the most important thing, but it is a thing, and we should be able to talk about it! With all that sweet sweet franchise money that Hiddleston has raked in over the years, you can rest easy knowing that he'll never be sleeping on your couch, borrowing $2500 for a sick scooter.
10. He Has Excellent Taste In Friends
Who a person chooses to spend their time around says a lot about them, so it's great news that Hiddleston is on excellent terms with everyone from Emma Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch to Chris Hemsworth.
11. And Finally, He's Handsome
Yo, just because I'm a thinking woman doesn't mean I don't also appreciate a handsome face, a killer smile, and a kickin' bod! Sorry not sorry.
Oh and the best thing of all? As a famous person obsessed over by millions of women, Hiddleston is completely and totally unavailable to us normals, so you can worship him from afar, and he'll ask absolutely nothing of you. So fantasize away, guilt-free! You have chosen wisely, and I'm proud of you. Of all of us.
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