Blake Ritson is my new celebrity crush, or I suppose to be more specific it’s his character Edmund Bertram in the TV film adaptation Mansfield Park (2007). I watched the film last night (instead of working on homework, etc. but whatever ;D) and suffice to say I am in like.
Not in love, but something akin to that.
As the second son he has no prospects in inheriting a large fortune, and so he’s had his sights set on being in the clergy. He certainly looks it, I suppose… he dresses so much like Mr Collins (from Pride and Prejudice) it’s a little disconcerting. Thankfully he’s not as creepy. Ritson’s facial structure and wide eyes doesn’t help in certain angles, but I really do think he’s okay looking — either that or his acting skills was really good to make me swoon the way I did when I was watching the movie.
Don’t believe me? Watch this short clip of him — and his amour, Fanny — at the end of the film. Skip ahead until the breakfast scene because that’s where it’s the most endearing.
See?? He just tries so hard to get Fanny out of the breakfast room. If you
have no idea what the story’s about, well at this point Edmund realizes that he was, in fact, in love with Fanny all along and this certain revelation turns him into an clumsily endearing and painfully obvious lovesick fool. He was so desperate to talk to Fanny, his eyes so expressive and his manner jittery (in a good way)… my heart was beating loudly in my chest and my face could not contain my grin.
It was like, super kilig. (Kilig, by the way, is a Filipino term for something that can make a girl — or anyone, really — feel very giggly and mushy inside.)
So yeah, Blake Ritson is my new celebrity crush. Go figure.
PS. Read Mansfield Park. It’s on my to-read list!
- 200 years on, why Jane Austen’s lovers find new reasons for their passion (guardian.co.uk)
- Masterpiece Classic: Northanger Abbey / Mansfield Park / Wuthering Heights (Review) (popmatters.com)
- Mansfield Park (booksandreviews.wordpress.com)
- Defending Mansfield Park (ejsbookshelf.wordpress.com)