I always love finding out when stars have celebrity crushes. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because it makes me feel a smidge better to know that they too might have Chris Evans’ face as their desktop wallpaper or that they also feel an instant connection with any of Tom Hiddleston's characters just from watching him on the big screen. The latest case a celeb crushing on another celeb makes a connection between a Disney alum and a certain Cameron Crowe movie, because, yes, of course Selena Gomez has a celebrity crush on Billy Crudup. If the name sounds familiar but you can't quite place it, Crudup played the lead guitarist of the fictional band Stillwater in Almost Famous.
Lucky for Gomez, she had the opportunity to work with Crudup on their new film Rudderless. On Jimmy Kimmel Live! the 21-year-old actress admitted that she got a crush on her co-star after seeing him in Almost Famous as Russell Hammond:
I went through my whole Almost Famous phase, so I was like Penny Lane for a good month — I wore the outfits and had the hair and the glasses, and then I found out I was going to be a part of the movie [with Billy] and it took me a minute at first, because I kind of had a little bit of a crush on him.
12-year-old me had the same reaction to the Harry Potter films, so I can see where she's coming from. When you just love a movie that much, you watch it over and over, until you end up trying to curl your hair like Emma Watson's and find a black robe to wear over your normal clothes to be just like Hermione Granger. Well, in Gomez's case she went with a 1970's Band-Aid — don't you dare call her a groupie! And actually, Gomez's Almost Famous obsession makes a lot of since. I see a lot of similarities with Gomez and Kate Hudson's character Penny Lane.
Penny Lane was the the champion of the cool Band-Aids. She was the one who said no more sex with band members. She owned her messy ringlets and fur coat with the careless grace the 1970's had. Here's Gomez pulling off a similar vibe:
Their Thing for Musicians
Y'know because they're dark and mysterious and artsy and have amazing singing voices... OK, maybe not Gomez's on-again-off-again beau Justin Bieber, but I will admit that I still have his single "Baby" on my iTunes. I will not feel ashamed about it either!
Their Need to Just Dance
The kitchen, a late night closed auditorium, an actual concert, sometimes you just need to let it all out through the gift of movement.
Their Musical Friends
Penny Lane considers records her friends, and Selena Gomez has friends who make records. It's practically the same thing.
Their Thing for Billy Crudup
Penny Lane and Selena Gomez? Pen-lena, maybe? They're uncanny by this point what with their love of song, dance, and Billy Crudup.
Gomez never told Crudup on set that she was such a big fan of Almost Famous — though a late night public broadcast might do it — and I can't blame her for never saying anything to his face. When you're that amazing of a dork that you cosplay a character in real life, you want to keep that sort of thing to yourself as you silently scream with glee to work with your crush. Or, that's what I imagine Gomez was doing the entire time. I'm surprised she never yelled quotes though. Y'know, because he is a Golden God after all.
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