5 Celebrity Dudes you were Totally Crushing on in the 90s

5 Celebrity Dudes you were Totally Crushing on in the 90s
Carly Jacobs

hen I watch anything from the 90s I’m always shocked at how my taste in boys from that era just comes flooding back. In my current state of being, I can’t think of anything more laughable than dating a guy who wears baggy pale blue jeans, flannelette shirts and has a floppy fringe but that doesn’t stop me swooning every time I see a Backstreet Boy picture from 1995.

In my research for the Sweet Teen Club podcasts I’ve stumbled upon some absolute gem boys from the 90s. Here are 5 celebrity dudes you were totally crushing on in the 90s and have probably forgotten about…

Devon Sawa 

We all wanted our first kiss to be with Devon Sawa like Christina Ricci’s character in Now and Then. In retrospect the only thing I hate about that scene now is that it perpetuates the concept of dudes being jerks to girls because they like them. That almost never happens in real lie. If a dude is a jerk to a girl it’s pretty much always because he’s a jerk. Except for Devon Sawa. He’s just complicated.

Trent from Daria 

Okay, I get that Trent doesn’t actually exist but you can’t tell me he’s not a total babe. He’s just a really cool guy who plays the guitar and isn’t a dick. Which is the perfect Tinder profile description for a man just quietly.

 Matthew Lawrence

All the Lawrence bothers were adorable but Matthew was like a little hunky cupcake. Note: Don’t look at his IMDB page (even though I linked to it above and it’s probably too late). The last movie he did was called The Dog Who Saved Easter. Awkward.

Jared Leto

Most Americans know him from My So Called Life but my crush was kick started in Girl, Interrupted as the bad boy fuck-buddy of Winona Ryder who was an anti-war hippy. Delish.

Nick Carter 

He really needs no introduction. Even if you preferred a different Backstreet Boy, pretty much anyone could appreciate the cheeky good looks of Nick Carter. I recently went to see the Backstreet Boys as an adult and he’s just as adorable and cheeky as ever. Some guys are just born with it.

Speaking of 90s heart throbs this week on Sweet Teen Club we have a new episode talking about book number 7 in the Sweet Valley series – Dear Sister – where Jessica’s sociopathic behaviour finally lands Elizabeth in hospital in coma. Elizabeth wakes up almost immediately and she isn’t boring anymore because neuropsychology. This book is a wreck and I love it.

If you’re keen to listen to it here’s how you can do it –

iPhone users

Open up the podcast app on your phone (it already lives there so you don’t need to download it) and search for Sweet Teen Club. Then hit subscribe and you’re good to go.

Android users

The same as iPhone users but you just use the Android podcast app.

Desktop users

You can listen to it while you work at your computer – just click this link here.

You can also find the show notes and other bits and pieces here at the Jackrabbit site.

If you’re a 90s culture tragic like us please do join in and listen to the podcast – even if you haven’t read Sweet Valley High, we cover off a lot of hilarious 90s teen culture that will leave you cringing. Spaghetti straps. Bangs. Pay phones. It’s all very awesome.

Use the hashtag #sweetteenclub and let us know where you listen to the show, what you’d like us to cover, and what you remember from 90s.

If you want to chat to us about the show (or anything really!) you can find us here.

Carly: Smaggle.com || @smaggle

Stacey: theveggiemama.com || @veggie_mama

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Who did you have a giant 90s crush on? Alyssa Milano? JTT? Spill!


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  1. Rachael H. 5 years ago

    I purchased a giant Land’s End tote bag from their “imperfect” bin because it has “JTT” stitched on it – the person who ordered it must have had those initials and returned it. My initials are nothing like JTT but I love this bag so much because it makes me think of that dude as he existed 20 years ago in the 90s.

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      JTT was a teeny bit daggy when I was at school but i still loved him and secretly thought he was adorable. Also he’s the only celebrity I’ve ever had a sex dream about. Him and Elijah Wood pre-Lord of The Rings.

  2. KezUnprepared 5 years ago

    Oh, yes. I had a JTT crush when I was a tween! I also liked Daniel Johns of Silverchair in the late 90s. I was into the grunge thing. Any guy with shaggy blonde hair (not sure why I was so into blondies – not that there’s anything wrong with them – I just seemed SO exclusively into them at that point in my life haha) was high on my list!

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      Oh yes! Shaggy blonde hair was a WHOLE thing back in the day. It doesn’t seem to be much of a thing these days does it?

  3. Averil 5 years ago

    I loved Stephen Dorff back in high school! Remember him in The Power of One? I thought he was gorgeous! And Leonardo in his What’s Eating Gilbert Grape era- swoon!!!

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      I couldn’t include Leo in this because my love for him is far more hardcore than that. He’s been my Number 1 favourite celebrity since 1999.

  4. Kelly 5 years ago

    Ummmm hello Luke Perry/Jason Priestly! They were the absolute bees nees! To be honest – I think they are both still lovely.

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      I loved a bit of Perry! He’s gorgeous. This list is more like an early-teens kind of list. Perry is like 15 years older than me! 🙂


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