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Sharing my list with you today from March 2011 - prompt #20 Celebrity Crushes
James Spader: He is my kryptonite
James Spader… swooning (loving that bad-boy self-assurance - sharp trademark dress style of an unbuttoned, stylish, three piece suit and - his sexy chivalry) his character in The Blacklist.
When I consider my celebrity crushes over the years, a few come to mind: David Cassidy, John Travolta, Bobby Sherman, but I guess we all have a celebrity crush(es) at some point in our life... don’t we? but today... my big celebrity crush is James Spader. While I did not care for him in his younger years... or should I say my younger years... it takes me all of two seconds to lose myself in his current show - The Blacklist. From the very moment that Raymond Reddington surrenders himself to the FBI, I was in love. He enthralls, he is confident, he is indifferent, he is exciting and adventurous, he is challenging and mysterious, he is masculine, he exudes power, he is enigmatic, he is humerous, he is loyal and self-sacrificial, he is a true aesthete... but the one characteristic that I love the most about him... “you're never quite sure what is at the core of his soul, whether he is more a good man who's capable of very, very bad things or whether he's a bad man who's capable of very good things” says James Spader himself. So to wrap up my attraction... he is confident, followed up with indifference, sprinkled with a bit of mystery, intrigue and excitement, all sewn together with chilvary.
Sure, his character, is deplorable at times but there is just something about his traits that stands out and I can't get enough! I want to be friends with Raymond Reddington and go eat with him in Budapest, Havana or wherever he happens to be jet setting off to that afternoon. His charisma is among his character's best qualities. Here are some of Raymond Reddington's (who Spader plays with devilish perfection) other traits that I feel we can all strive to emulate.
1. Red's a master storyteller. He pulls you in by telling his terrific stories. Whether it is recalling a scene from a movie he loved or time spent with a friend, he's very detailed and dramatic. He makes you want to hang on every word. Let’s face it... as a story teller myself... need I say more.
2. Loyalty is paramount. Reddington is loyal to protecting and defending his friends. Have you ever noticed how fantastic leaders never talk badly about others? People know that if you speak badly of others, you'll speak that way about them sooner or later. It also shows a lack of confidence to try and bring others down. Red's friends are so loyal to him, even when he is nearly gunned down, they don't want to leave his side. Those are the kind of friends I want and I’m so lucky because those are the kind of friends that I do have.
3. Connecting people is a gift. Yes, he's a connector of criminals, the "Concierge of Criminals" to be specific, but putting all that aside, it takes hard work to forge strong relationships with people. So, to do this and be able to connect people is an invaluable trait. And if you have it, be careful whom you choose to connect and align with.
4. He doesn't give away all his secrets. No matter what your profession or career, you always want to have an ace up your sleeve if you can. Always try to stay a bit ahead of the curve. Maybe you don't have the contingency plan of a suitcase full of half a million dollars and a surgical team at your disposal like Reddington, but keep abreast of changes in your field. Never allow yourself to become complacent.
5. Look out for yourself. Raymond Reddington finds a way to work things out for his own betterment. I'm not saying you should always put yourself above all else. But you need to know when you can leverage a situation to help yourself. After all, if you are helping others meet their goal, why not you too?
6. He remains calm even in chaos. We all know people like this. The ones that never get flustered and how you wonder how they do it. Red does this even in the middle of a bunch of guns being pointed at him. If you aren't naturally prone to be this way, next time you feel yourself losing control, take some deep breaths.
7. Know when to fold them. Red knows when to walk away from a deal. Many of us hold on to the past, whether that is agonizing over past relationships or staying in a job we loathe, when we clearly know it is time to move on. Yes, there is fear of the unknown, but Red has learned to adjust to new circumstances, just as we all should otherwise we'll miss out some tremendous opportunities.
8. Red is good at reading people. In one episode he says, "We become who we are. You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can by its first few chapters. And most certainly by it's last." Good advice as most people can pretend to be something only for a short while, but their true nature comes out. This 1:56 video pretty much sums it up for me! Click on the QReader >