Well Hello Michiel Huisman!
We're always looking for hero inspiration at the PHS and Nicole Locke has brought us a winner in the form of her Current Crush, Michiel Huisman. Hello, handsome!
I like a leading man who can throw a dagger and wink. Give a good one liner and become a zombie. A tall order? Yeah. But it gets harder yet when I really want him to look good in tweed, be an international man, but sound like the guy next door. He’d be a hidden secret.
Except my #CelebrityCrush is a secret from me because for the life of me, I can’t recognize him when I’m looking at him. Maybe he’s that way for you, too. Maybe you’ve seen him everywhere and don’t know it either.
Well, I think I figured out why, it’s because of his hair. He can wear it wild and all the curls just wave around, or he can comb it so his fringe frames a man’s face and makes him suddenly boyish. I’m talking about the Dutch actor, Michiel Huisman. Do you know him?
The first time I saw him was in World War Z (my hubby’s a big zombie fan and I’m a big end of days fan so…it works for us). How noticeable is he? Very. Especially, when his introduction is a one linear that he follows up with his signature smirk.
Yes, so no matter how many ways he arranges his clothes or hair, Huisman has a certain insouciance in every role he plays and it’s this that makes him a delight to find when just staring at him makes me draw a blank.
In WWZ, as Ellis, he cracks a joke just at the darkest moment. He’s even got a leg injury that no doubt means certain death when you have to escape zombies. Yet to him? They’re all zombies anyway so he might as well give a bit of cheek.
In Game of Thrones, he’s Daario Naharas, a man who ‘always does as he wants.’ My favourite scene is when he faces the most deadliest of contenders. His enemy is holding a lance, on a horse, and he’s charging towards Huisman, who is merely standing around with a dagger. Is Huisman worried? Nope. Because he looks behind him to his audience and winks.
The next time I see him was in the Age of Adaline. Honestly, I didn’t recognise him (again!), but his character I did. Because, you see, this is a drama where Adaline who never ages, live for decades hiding and not living. What is Huisman’s role? To show her how to live again. To crack a joke, to wink.
What’s another film I didn’t recognise him in? The upcoming: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I watched the trailer and was so excited to see the film, so when I looked up the actors. Voila, there is Huisman again. And what will I be looking forward to? That smirk.
Why do I like that smirk so much?
Because as much as I like danger and drama and end of world films. As much as the real world is full of drama and danger and end of world news, some insouciance, and a bit cheek can somehow make everything that bit brighter again.
Are you a Michiel Huisman fan or is your current crush someone else with a cheeky smirk? Could you work with this guy as hero inspiration for your next book? Tell us in the comments or join the discussion on this month's #CurrentCrush on our Social Media.