A few weeks ago I decided to make a big change in my life. I was sick of being told “no” and sick of whoever was closest and dearest to me saying I couldn’t be who I am. On that day, I stood up to my oppressor: the 128GB iPhone XR I’ve owned since late 2018, which has been going to max capacity for years due to an endless and relentless collection of male celebrity screenshots.
The person who ultimately pushed my poor phone over the edge was Internet’s newest quirky white boy of the week, Logan Lerman. Past contenders for this title have included Dylan O’Brien, Noah Centineo, and basically any male between the ages of 19 and 32 that can be found on the landing page of your favorite streaming service. However, Lerman is different. He’s an anomaly in a collective sea of milquetoast men with mottled facial hair.
He is currently starring in the second season of Amazon Hunter, playing a Nazi hunter (hot!). I hear he’s fantastic at it and good for him. That’s another reason why it’s the best material for internet friends. Something about him – and him in particular – deserves a spot in the camera roll.
I know what you might be thinking “Oh talented and precocious entertainment critic, how many photos could you possibly have on your phone?” How’s 33,626 for you? And I guarantee you that by the time it takes me to click and click my fingers across that keyboard before your eyeballs land on those words, that number will climb into the next hundred.
I don’t mean it the way you think either. Get your thoughts out of the gutter! I’ll be completely honest when I say that I often keep photos of beautiful celebs because I like to flip through them on the train when I don’t have service. Or I flip through it like an old magazine on a rainy day and send it to my friends to marvel, as if we all read Tiger Strike for an overnight stay. I have a copy of Timothée Chalamets British Fashion Cover on my coffee table for the last two months just because it gives me high school level butterflies to look down on episodes of The American to see his curls staring at me.
Some people collect geodes or go bird watching. I also like beautiful things! What’s stopping me from enjoying nature’s bounty from the comfort of my backlit phone screen? I’ve made peace with my unbreakable obsession with prominent men. All my friends stay in my phone, something my real friend (no pipe dream) has been making fun of me for five years now when I complain about having to delete 10 identical photos of Colin Farrell when I want to save a picture my literal family.
But every once in a while, these discoveries need to be shared with the public. And when a video of Logan Lerman dancing to Kelis’ “Milkshake” appeared on my Instagram feed that needed attention. It was too good to stay in the camera roll. But first it had to be brought to the camera roll. With that, I backed up my friends’ photos to the cloud and grabbed the 512GB iPhone 13 Pro that I’d been putting off setting up for days. Like Ben Franklin and his little electric volts, or Gwyneth Paltrow and her vagina candles, this discovery was too good to keep to myself.
The video may only be eight seconds long, but it’s more than enough for Lerman to be hailed as the most prolific internet crush of our time. There’s something about a limp-haired boy wearing full cozy clothes—a sweatshirt, track pants, and socks—while dancing to Kelis that just feels critical. Not to mention the Jon & Vinny takeout bag resting on the table behind him. I’ve never been to Los Angeles’ beloved casual Italian eatery, but there’s an original, seductive quality about a man willing to visit a place that sells $6.25 banana bread with warm salted butter.
Others seemed to be repeating my own thoughts. Several People appeared in my notifications with different versions of “he’s such a friend” as a reply. Others appreciated that Lerman didn’t seem to bother posting a silly video of himself dancing. So as a person concise as he put it, “He’s been waiting for Dylan O’Brien’s crown to slip.”
Except there’s a difference between Lerman and O’Brien. O’Brien, a former MTV hit teenage wolfhas made it even bigger in recent years, starring in Taylor Swift’s short All Too Well as the love interest and last summer’s dark comedy Hulu as a supporting character. Not okay. For this film, O’Brien bleached his buzzcut to capture the smug, goofy charm of a TikTok shopkeeper and sent a ripple through the internet’s collective libido. Yes, I’m sorry for how gross that phrase sounds. But I’ve been there and I’ve seen cities fall to rubble in a matter of seconds.
However, Logan Lerman is different. He is Not everywhere, and that makes him an ideal candidate for cultural advertising. Lerman has the mystique of a true movie star combined with the charm befitting the world’s Chalamets and good looks befitting an architect in a supermarket romance novel. This is a man, dating back to 2012 when Tumblr had us think the sexiest thing you could be was someone who dared to wear a peacoat.
Lerman is the rare, actually enigmatic white celebrity boy. He’s not in skin-tight tracksuit tops on paparazzi walks or in leather pants on photoshoots. He’s never shirtless. (You can’t swing an 8-foot iPhone charger without smacking a photo of Noah Centineo half-naked. That’s not how he finds his way onto our phones. When Lerman scored the lead in the Percy Jackson franchise in 2010, he was smart. He turned the YA series flop into an iconic role in The perks of Being a Wallflowerand the rest was history preserved in the gif form on the internet like fossils in amber.
Here’s the rare actor who doesn’t crave attention and fame so obviously that it becomes exhausting for the rest of us to watch. His roles are rare; Lerman acts when he wants and posts just as sporadically on social media. So when he blessed us all with the video of him dancing to promote the second season from Hunterit felt like a gift.
This was proof that he is not only infinitely charismatic but also very confident. This man two-steping “Milkshake” was probably a sign that it’s okay to be a little thirsty. This is us! Logan Lerman — and all the others we rotate between from month to month — is okay to dance into our hearts. And in our camera rolls.
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