11 Good Dudes In Hollywood Worth Their Heartthrob Status

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Swoon. It’s a word we like to throw around often when a photo of, say, Chris Hemsworth at the Thor premiere makes its way around the office. It’s such a superficial swoon, though — his handsome face and bulging biceps are the only things sending us to fetch our smelling salts. His heartthrob status begins and ends with the flat image on our screen.
It’s about time we demanded some three-dimensionality from the handsome men of Hollywood. Superheroes have ruled the box office for almost a decade now, but what about the dudes whose off-screen feats are even more powerful than leaping tall buildings in a single bound? Here are 11 men whose actions make them truly worthy of your swoons. Pull up your fainting couch and click on.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt
JGL has spoken many times about how he considers himself a “male feminist.” Here’s what he told The Daily Beast about the concept:

“[Y]ou don’t let your gender define who you are — you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what ‘feminism’ means. So yes, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.”
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Josh Hutcherson
Peeta (err, Josh) has long been an advocate for the LGBTQ community through the Straight But Not Narrow organization. Just this week, he launched Power On, a collaboration between The Trevor Project, human-I-T, and Straight But Not Narrow that provides computers and other devices to communities with limited access to technology. Hutcherson has already donated his own computer to the cause. "It’s awesome to know that it’ll be used to help a young person out there who, before this campaign, wasn’t able to get access to information and resources that could really help them," he said.
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John Legend
The singer’s latest video for “You & I (Nobody in the World)” pays tribute to women of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Legend released a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the video to raise awareness of the #OperationGirl Charity Challenge.

He is also a major advocate for education. He’s extremely involved with the Show Me Campaign and wrote a song for the documentary Waiting for Superman.
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Aaron Paul
Paul was able to parlay his Breaking Bad fame (and Jesse's signature tagline) into an extremely successful Omaze campaign that raised nearly $2 million for The Kind Campaign, his wife Lauren’s anti-bullying organization. He frequently tweets and posts Instagrams in support of the campaign as well.
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No, he’s not the person behind Feminist Ryan Gosling, but our collective crush is still a major supporter of women. When the MPAA tried to slap Blue Valentine with an NC-17 rating because of a scene depicting oral sex being performed on a female, Gosling spoke out against the patriarchy.

“You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex. It's misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman's sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film,” he said in a statement.
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Andrew Garfield
This superhero uses paparazzi shoots as an opportunity to promote organizations more worthy of our attention. When he said that Spider-Man sewing his costume was a “feminine thing,” Emma Stone called him out for being sexist. So, he clarified, “I would say that femininity is about more delicacy and precision and detail work and craftsmanship — like my mother, she's an amazing craftsman. She, in fact, made my first Spider-Man costume when I was three. So I use it as a compliment. To compliment the feminine not just in women but in men as well. We all have feminine in us, young men.”
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Harry Shum, Jr.
The Glee star worked with Kevin McHale to raise money for The Invisible Children by offering fans a “super-secret Glee experience.” He’s also used his dancing prowess to help The Dizzy Feet Foundation.
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Daniel Craig
In 2011, 007 donned heels and a dress in support of equal gender rights. Watch the Judi Dench-narrated video right here.
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Jared Leto
Jared Leto makes no secret of the fact that he's a total mama's boy. He thanked his mom, Constance, every chance he got during his epic awards-show season this past year.

"She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard, and to do something special. That girl is my mother, and she's here tonight. And I just want to say: I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream," Leto said while accepting his Oscar.
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Mark Ruffalo
In 2013, Ruffalo shared a personal story about his own mother’s illegal abortion that was read aloud during a rally outside the last abortion clinic in Mississippi.

“I actually trust the women I know. I trust them with their choices, I trust them with their bodies and I trust them with their children. I trust that they are decent enough and wise enough and worthy enough to carry the right of Abortion and not be forced to criminally exercise that Right at the risk of death or jail time,” the actor wrote.
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Blair Underwood
Here’s what Underwood had to say at the 1992 March for Women’s Lives in D.C.: “[Y]ou can't live in this world, obviously, without coming into contact with women. I mean, a woman is my mother, gave me life, gave me sisters. I have a girlfriend I love dearly. All of that comes into play. It's not about abortion being right or wrong. It's about having that choice to decide what a person should do with their own body.”