I don’t watch contemporary Law & Orders,
whatever is left of them, with any regularity, but occasionally when I flip I
see a suity guy, grown-up, conservative, beginning to jowl that I find mildly
attractive. The character is Rafael Barba who is played by Raul Esparza and
kind of reminds me of a less burly Sasha Roiz (whose name I didn’t actually
know, just that he was a tough guy on Caprica). These are respectable adult men that grown
women would like. Or maybe younger ladies too–there is a Fuck Yeah Rafael
Barba Tumblr, a.k.a. The Suspenders Appreciation Club, after all.
I noticed Esparza last week on Hannibal with more
facial hair. And the actor, himself, doesn’t work at all in this way for me.
He’s a theater guy, openly bisexual, which I usually take to mean gay (sorry,
genuine bisexuals). Also, speaking of Hannibal, which I like but don’t love, I
don’t find Hugh Dancy hot at all. Just don’t get it. And to think that’s the father of Carrie Mathison’s baby.
But who I really like is Kevin Rahm, but strictly as Ted Chaough on
Mad Men (I’ve never watched Desperate Housewives where he played a gay
neighbor, I think). The liney, pouchy eyes (ugh, like gray hair–why do guys
get to make a “flaw” of aging look good?) swoop of a nose, slicked
hair, always with the turtlenecks.
So hot, and yet I’ve never come across a similar
sentiment online, and yes, I read a recap or two. I finally felt vindicated
with the minor make-out (yeah, I’m starting to warm to gifs) and subsequent fantasy sequence by Peggy. It’s probably
not a great idea to cheat with your older married boss, but anything’s better
than her proto-hipster boyfriend who spurred her to become a gentrifyer with
human poop on her stoop.
Kevin Rahm, the person, I’m whatever on. Dude’s a
Mormon who married a surgeon last year. And their Macy’s wedding registry is public and
full of lots of gray, white and ivory towels and 800 thread count sheets. Also, stemless wine glasses, which I was gently forced to box away at my previous apartment but can use with abandon now.
He also gets married in a 2001 Apple commercial.
And then is involved with another wedding in a VW
Jetta Super Bowl ad from the same year.