Man Crush Monday: Taron Egerton

In our Man Crush Monday series, we will feature a man whom we are fans of and admire. In our third installment, we’re featuring British actor Taron Egerton, who celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday!

Watch the video below for our latest installment of “Testing My Twin” and to see how well Ashley knows Taron Egerton, Amanda’s favorite actor.

Who is our MCM?

Taron Egerton is a rising actor and singer who is best known for his breakout role of Eggsy Unwin in the Kingsman movies as well as playing the legendary rockstar Elton John in the fantasy movie musical Rocketman.

He trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and graduated in 2012. After graduating, he was cast as Dennis “Asbo” Severs in the British TV series The Smoke, which led to film producer and director Matthew Vaugh discovering and casting him as the main character, Eggsy, in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Taron’s other notable film roles include Olympian Eddie Edwards in Eddie the Eagle, Mad Teddy Smith in Legend, Johnny in Sing, and Robin Hood/Robin of Loxley in Robin Hood with Jamie Fox. In addition, the Welsh actor has done voicework for animated TV series, such as voicing Moomintroll in Moominvalley and Rian in Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

How did we discover him?

Sometime in 2015 when we were home from school for a break, our brother downloaded Kingsman: The Secret Service and suggested we watch it. He thought there was one scene in particular Amanda would enjoy. So we watched the movie together and enjoyed it, from the enthralling action sequences to the fun and witty tone of the movie to the badass characters. Taron, in particular, stuck out to us (or at least Amanda) not only because Eggsy’s an attractive protagonist but because of his top-notch performance as and portrayal of Eggsy. Sometimes it’s hard to believe Eggsy was Taron’s first major role, especially considering the high-caliber actors (Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Hamill, and Colin Firth!) he worked with.

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Impeccable Pedigree. #NationalPuppyDay #Kingsman

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He fell off our radar for a while even though Eddie the Eagle came out not long after we discovered Taron, but that wasn’t a movie we were really interested in or heard much about at the time. Fast forward to 2016, and he’d caught our attention again when we heard him sing Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” in the trailer for Sing. We did not know Eggsy could sing―let alone sing like an angel! Amanda basically fell in love with his voice at that point and thus her Taron Egerton obsession began. So we watched Sing during the holiday season and were probably the only adults who weren’t parents in the theater when we went but enjoyed the movie regardless.

We’ve since seen every movie he’s been in (yes, even Billionaire Boys Club) and are impatiently awaiting him to make his Broadway debut (or at least his West End debut) because now that we are pretty avid musical theater fans, we need Taron to be cast in a musical, stat! Also, we both met and saw him a month ago at ACE Comic Con Midwest, and we simply cannot wait to continue following his career.

Our Taron Egerton Favorites

Favorite role:

  • Amanda: While Taron did a superb job playing Elton John in Rocketman, and I think that’s his best work yet, I have to choose Eggsy. Eggsy Unwin forever! It’s the role that made me a fan of his, and thanks to Disney buying Fox, Eggsy is now my favorite Disney prince. (;
  • Ashley: Eggsy is easily my favorite role of his, because he’s a cool character. He wears snapbacks, which I like to wear, and Adidas and is a secret agent who’s very loyal. I’m also convinced that, if Eggsy were sorted into a Hogwarts house, it’s be Hufflepuff, which is also my house. So what’s not to like?

Favorite song:

  • Amanda: “Your Song” from Rocketman. His rendition is now my favorite song, and I just love it so much. It’s just such a beautiful, lovely song about how much one person cares about another.

  • Ashley: “Border Song” from Rocketman. I’ve heard this song countless times, because Amanda has been playing the Rocketman soundtrack on repeat for months. Recently, I heard this song while in the car and knew it was my favorite (by Taron) when I heard the lyrics “There’s a man over there/What’s his colour I don’t care/He’s my brother let us live in peace.” The song is well done and has a great message behind it.

Favorite thing about Taron:

  • Amanda: His face. His jawline. His voice. Obviously there are a lot of things I adore about Taron. So while you’d think it would be difficult to pick my favorite thing, it actually wasn’t. Because I love when people make me laugh, I was very close to choosing how he’s a dork who isn’t afraid to not take himself so seriously and jokes around. However, how caring, kind, and sweet Taron is has that beat. First, he treats his mom and little sisters like royalty. Taron does more than invite his mom to his events but often brings her to his premieres and other events as one of his dates. Oh, and he bought his mom a house! No big deal, right? Plus, he just always speaks so highly of his mom. Next, there are his younger sisters, whom he adores and is a great big brother to. I mean, Taron brought them to Frozen on Broadway on his birthday last year and to the premiere of The Lion King earlier this year. Also, just look at my answer for the next question!
    Another example would be how he asked for the glasses he wears in Rocketman during “Your Song” and had Elton John’s reading prescription put in them so Taron could give them to Elton as a birthday present. What a thoughtful, heartfelt gift! Last, but most certainly not least, is how sweet he is to his fans. Of course he would want to be nice to the people who support him and see his movies, but he’s gone above and beyond simple “thank you”s. I remember watching a video of his panel at a comic con he appeared at and was astonished when he remembered some of the fans (by name! not just recognition) asking him questions. I was blown away by how much care he took as he remembered their names and proceeded to name their friends and ask about them. Oh, and then there’s the time I spent with him at ACE Comic Con last month. He not only thanked me for the card I gave him but explained that he would have to read it later, which wasn’t necessary to mention considering I knew he wasn’t going to read it right then and there.  Then he said “Thank you, darling” to me at the end of my photo op. This may just be me obsessing, but I mean, he could have just said a simple “Thank you”. Or he could have just not said thank you at all because there were a lot of other people left in the photo op line, and what else did he have to thank me for?
  • Ashley: I don’t feel I actually have a legitimate favorite thing about Taron just because I don’t follow him as closely as my sister. So what I will say is that I like how well he can portray different types of characters. His work spans various genres, but he manages to take on the various characters easily.

Favorite Instagram post from Taron:

  • Amanda: Taron singing a Christmas song with one of his little sisters is the most precious thing I have ever seen! How heartwarming is this?!

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Merry Christmas from me and my little Sis, Mari. X

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  • Ashley: I’m a big Broadway fan, so it was cool knowing Taron saw Frozen and then met its leading ladies, Caissie Levy and Patti Murin, afterwards.

Man Crush Monday: Aaron Tveit

In our Man Crush Monday series, we will feature a man whom we are fans of and admire. In our second installment, we’re featuring Broadway, film, and TV actor Aaron Tveit, who celebrates his birthday today!

Who is our MCM?

Aaron Tveit is an American actor and singer who is best known for portraying Tripp van der Bilt on Gossip Girl and Danny Zuko in FOX’s Grease Live. He made his Broadway debut as Link Larkin in Hairspray, replacing Matthew Morrison in the male lead role in 2006. Aaron remained on Broadway for the next few years as Fiyero in Wicked and originated the roles of Gabe in Next to Normal and Frank Abagnale, Jr. in Catch Me If You Can before focusing on TV and film in the 2010s.

The Ithaca College alumnus has had major TV roles as Mike Warren in USA’s Graceland and Gareth Ritter in CBS’s Braindead. He has also been in a plethora of movies, but his biggest and most notable film role was Enjolras in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman.

After nearly a decade, Aaron recently returned to Broadway, currently starring in Moulin Rouge! as Christian. He has been involved with the musical adaptation of the 2001 film since participating in the developmental lab in November 2017.

How did we discover him?

Considering we weren’t Broadway or musical theatre fans in the 2000s beyond High School Musical, we discovered Aaron like many other non-theatre kids/fans our age: through Gossip Girl. To us, he will forever be Tripp van der Bilt―although that’s certainly not our favorite role of his. We didn’t even know of his vocal abilities to begin with, which is honestly a shame. Sometime between Gossip Girl and the announcement of his casting in Grease Live!, we learned he could sing (and sing well). So when we watched Grease Live! we were formally introduced to the triple threat who is Aaron Tveit.

Honestly, we didn’t really follow his career until recently, though. As relatively new Broadway fans who knew of Aaron before watching any Broadway show, we of course had to go back to watch and listen to his previous Broadway performances and concerts. But his recent return to the Great White Way is what caught our attention now that we have an appreciation for musical theatre in addition to his talents.

Our Aaron Tveit Favorites

Favorite role:

  • Amanda: If Mike Warren ever sang, I might choose Mike Warren because he’s a compelling character that I found to be different from other roles Aaron’s done. But I really love his singing, so since Mike Warren didn’t sing, I’m going to have to choose Enjolras. Enjolras knows what he’s passionate about and isn’t afraid to go after it and work for it. Plus, he’s a bit sassy, which is fun.
  • Ashley: I jokingly want to say my favorite role that Aaron has done is when he played a former basketball player on an episode of Law & Order: SVU. But because I feel my favorite role of his has to be one in which he sings, I have to pick Enjolras. He’s a natural leader who’s respected by his peers and is dedicated to the fight.

Favorite song:

  • Amanda: “El Tango de Roxanne” from Moulin Rouge! The Musical

  • Ashley: “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story from “The Radio in My Head” concert

Favorite thing about Aaron:

  • Amanda: This is almost always a difficult question when we do these, but for some reason, it’s been the hardest for Aaron. I’d have to say my favorite thing about him is how chill and low key he is. In this recent article with Variety, it mentions he “tries to keep a low profile” pretty much whenever he isn’t working, opting to spend his free time watching golf or Netflix. I respect and admire that. And as a socially anxious introvert, I relate to that and would much rather spend and enjoy my time doing something chill like watching TV or read a book than go out somewhere. It makes him give off a very laid-back relaxed vibe that’s enticing.
  • Ashley: If I had more time to think about this answer, I, like Amanda, would probably say something more serious and meaningful. But, for now, I’ll just say I’m glad Aaron is a fellow LeBron James fan. Basketball is a huge part of who I am, and LeBron is one of the players who got me hooked on the game, so knowing about other LeBron fans is always great. It’s even better when a fellow fan is a Broadway performer, because then it’s my two main interests colliding, and I love that.

Favorite Instagram post from Aaron:

  • Amanda: I mean, it’s a picture of Aaron with a dog! It doesn’t get much better than that!

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My. Dude. #nationalpuppyday

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  • Ashley: I love basketball and Broadway. This post is the combination of these two, so how could it not be my favorite Instagram post of his?

Man Crush Monday: Corey Cott

In our Man Crush Monday series, we will feature a man whom we are fans of and admire. In our first installment, we’re featuring one of our favorite Broadway performers, Corey Cott.

Who is our MCM?

Corey Cott is an American actor and singer from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who is best known for portraying Jack Kelly in Disney’s Newsies the Musical on Broadway.

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Santa Fe from my Broadway Debut.

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After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in spring 2012, he joined Newsies as the Jack Kelly alternate and, in September, replaced Jeremy Jordan, Broadway’s original Jack Kelly. Corey remained in the role until Newsies closed on Broadway in August 2014.

Corey is also known for originating the role of Donny Novitski, a pianist/songwriter and World War II veteran, in Bandstand on Broadway, which opened in April 2017 and closed in September 2017. To portray Donny more authentically, he even learned to play piano for the show’s Broadway run.

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