Have you too noticed the rise of the Nice Jewish Boy lately? Blame it on the Judd Apatow "Jew Crew", but NJBs have never been hotter. I believe it really all started in 2003, when The OC debuted and the Seth Cohen character exploded. All of the sudden, nerds were hot. Judaism and Christianity were easily interchangeable. Girls began to warm up to the idea of a good-looking, doting, geeky guy. I personally loved that idea all along.
And now, in no particular order, are my favorite NJBs.
The My first love NJB
You've probably already read about my love of The Wonder Years. And yes, I'm still a Winnie looking for my Kevin.
The Pioneer NJB
Loved him waaay before The OC. Loved him as Dave on Gilmore Girls and as Greg Brady in Growing Up Brady. I used to be so bitter that Rachel Bilson was dating him, but I recently found out that she too is a Member of the Tribe and now I'm kind of sad that they broke up. Oh, well. Your day will come, AB. Remember, you invented Christmukkah and gave dorky Yids a good name. Michael Cera SO owes you a thank you note.
The A-hole NJB
Is he really nice? Probably not, but I like to pretend. And that chest. Yum.
The Stop Dating Shiksas and Start Dating Me NJB
What a dreamboat! Mandy Moore is married, dude. Time to move on. To me. I know it's a little inappropriate for JGIWC, but I am always jealous of Rachel Bilson in that dorm scene of The Last Kiss. Always.
The I Shouldn't Be in Love With You But I SO Am NJB
I have a sick, sick crush on Larry David. Curb Your Enthusiasm has single handedly convinced me that I'm going to end up with someone like him. Cheryl Hines is one Lucky Duck.
The My Dad Wants Me to Marry Him NJB
My father advised me to go to the bar where the SNL cast hangs out and just strike up a convo with Seth. If it were easier done than said, I would have been out last night, chatting him up. He's a total catch. Have I mentioned that my parents really, really want me to settle down with someone already?
The I Would Marry You Tomorrow NJB
OMG, OMG, OMG. Ladies and gents, my newest crush. I fell in love with him in Prime, a little-known movie about a Jewish therapist (Meryl Streep) whose son (Bryan Greenberg) falls in love with one of her shiksa clients (Uma Thurman). Rent it. I loved him in One Tree Hill, Bride Wars (yes, he played Kate Hudson's hunky brother who ends up with Anne Hathaway) and I'm SURE to love him in both his new projects: How to Make it in America, a new HBO show; and The Good Guy, an indie film that comes out on February 19.
How good does this movie look? Scott Porter kind of looks like a guy I used to date/wants to make me vomit, but other than that, I can't wait!