Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, 16, Bop: these tween rags introduced us to all our first crushes. Every Tuesday, we remember the dudes that decorated our photo binders. This week: the heart-meltingly adorable Adam Brody.
Name: Adam Brody
We Called Him: If anything besides Adam Brody, Seth Cohen — but only because Dave Rygalski doesn't roll off the tongue as well.
How Old Is He Now? 33 (Born December 15, 1979)
Claims to Fame: The lovelorn, adorable, nerdy loverboy on both Gilmore Girls and The O.C.: Dave Rygalski and Seth Cohen, respectively.
Why We Loved Him: So here's the thing about Adam Brody: he's actually really, really cute. Ridiculously cute. Like, if before he set foot in Stars Hollow one of our friends were like, "I have this new boyfriend," and showed us a picture of Adam, we'd be like, "you lucky bitch."
Because look at this guy.
So we have his actual good looks dressed in a slightly dorky but ultimately respectable uniform, and then we add how he plays total, awkward sweethearts who care deeply for their women of choice. Like that time on Gilmore Girls that Dave stayed up all night reading the bible trying to figure out what Mrs. Kim was quoting, only to find out that it was Shakespeare.
He has feelings — including feelings for his close, strong friendships (SETH AND RYAN) — but his feelings are not overwhelming or abusive. He's good at expressing them in ways that aren't heavy. And that leads to moments like this.
He's a good sport, and he's witty. Sometimes he's like a deer in the headlights. And he's definitely Boyfriend Material.
What’s He Up To Now: Adam still has an amazing career — he's not even getting typecast like he was in his late teens and early 20s.
Currently, he's guest starring in this season of The League as the titular group's cocky but lovable friend. (It's hilarious.) He's mostly active in super-smart comedy circles; he also guest starred on Kroll Show and played a contestant on the webseries Burning Love.
Dude's all over the place, though! He co-starred alongside Amanda Seyfried as Harry Reems, Linda Lovelace's Deep Throat co-star, and had a guest arc on House of Lies this year.
Oh, and he's dating Leighton Meester, which is just... SO MANY FEELINGS.
Who was your Teen Beat crush? Let us know in the comments!