Oh, Scotland. Not only are you a stunning sight to behold, you have gifted the world with some of the world's finest actors. Also, you introduced us to the kilt and for that I am eternally grateful.
I've always wanted to visit Scotland; it seems as if most of the land is still untamed and ripe for adventure. Plus every time I look at a photo from Scotland I cry a little bit because it looks oh-so magical. I can't help but think of the kind of men that come from there... rugged yet tender, serious yet hysterical - and don't even get me started on those toe-curling accents. They could read a manual on how to set up a Keurig machine and I'd be enthralled to the very last word.
While there are plenty of contenders to list, I'm sticking with a theme today: kilts. If the man can rock a kilt, he's making it onto my "I can haz?" list. Today, because our dear Dani is on vacation, I bring you the delightful men from the land of haggis, castles and plaid:
6) Richard Madden
Alright, here's the deal, I'm supposed to limit this to 5 picks... and I will. "Oh but Shannon, why is Richard Madden at position #6!? He's much more deserving than that!" Well, friend, let me tell you why: Google could not supply me with a proper photo of Mr. Madden in a kilt and therefore, he's DISQUALIFIED from being in the poll! But I couldn't leave him off this list because honestly, he's the real-life Prince Charming we all deserve.
6... again) Henry Ian Cusick
I lied - so what? There is no way I could leave my darling Lost soulmate Desmond Hume off of this list. Google once again failed me and I couldn't locate Henry in a kilt so if you can find that photo, swing it my way. Look at him though... that weird feeling in your chest is your heart melting. Don't worry, Henry's here to save you.. and find you. #PennyAndDes4EVA
Alright, alright. Now, here's the real list of pro-kilt Scots that will surely make your day a little bit brighter:
5) James Mcavoy
Before the days of being Charles Xavier in the XMen franchise, James was the wonderful Mr. Tumnus, stealing my heart in an instant while parading around Narnia. This is a man who can obviously work his way around a kilt and it's probably because he charmed his own pants off.
4) Gerald Butler
Courtesy of Glasgow Goes To The Movies
Geez, talk about getting a visual for what's beneath the kilt!
He's wielding a sword with a wicked grin on his face in what looks like a leather kilt. If this isn't the ultimate Gerard Butler photo, then I don't know what is. Oh, and he's wearing pink, because you weren't in love with him enough, yet. Sing me a sweet, Scottish song, you devilish man.
3) John Barrowman
You're about to see a trend here, starting with Barrowman. I'm not sorry, it's just further proof that a certain Blue Box is better with Scotsmen inside. John can sing like an angel, is unapologetic about who he is, continues to be one of the kindest actors when around his loving fans and is the kind of man you can have a dirty yet hysterical conversation with in a dark bar corner. And he'll be wearing a kilt.
2) David Tennant
I had to flip a coin for the final two guys, and clearly Tennant lost even though a large part of me wants him at #1. Even though he's in the runner-up spot, he still makes my legs go all wobbly when he speaks and will forever by MY Doctor. Between that first button on his shirt being as free as a bird and the right amount of scruff on his face, I'm having a hard time thinking. Haters gonna hate, but David knows how to pull the kilt look off like a pro. Bless you, David Tennant, for gracing my screen.
1) Sam Heughan
Honestly, do I need to say anything about Sam Heughan? No. No, I don't. I can thank my Aunt Tracy for flinging me headfirst into my current faux love affair with this Scot. Mercy me.
I'm only putting 5 of the 7 men on the poll, so be sure to get down there and represent your favorite Scotsman! Was there anyone that should have been on the list that I missed? Let me know in the comments and I'll try to do better by you the next time I'm bestowed the Thirsty Thursday crown, which I'll likely have to fight like hell for once Dani is back!