Students search for ways to break the routine of everyday life; one way is celebrity crushes.
“Parasocial relationships are one-sided, where one person extends emotional energy, interest and time, and the other party, the persona, is completely unaware of the other’s existence,” according to Find Psychologist.org.
People develop obsessions with these people, and having a celebrity crush can turn into a defining factor in their lives.
These crushes are developed through forms of media. Including discovering music artists, sports, TV, TikTok and movies.
Some celebrity crushes are more popular than others. As of right now, Pedro Pascal is taking people’s hearts.
“I watched ‘Game of Thrones’ when I was in seventh grade, and he (Pascal) was in one of the seasons, and I fell in love with him because his character was very cool, and also he’s a very handsome man,” sophomore Kate Link said.
Four out of 20 students interviewed said Pascal was one of their celebrity crushes.
“I really like Pedro Pascal because he’s really real. He’s like really funny on Twitter, and he’s active with his fans, and in his interviews he’s just really relatable,” junior Saroya Williams said.
Gen Z can always rely on the classic celebrity crushes like One Direction members, TV and movie casts, and Zendaya.
“I’ve loved her (Zendaya) since ‘Shake It Up,’ ‘K.C. Undercover.’ I’m kind’ve upset that she’s dating a man named Tom and not me,” junior Kyzer Strawbridge said.
“He (Niall Horan) was a part of One Direction, and he was top two of my favorite members,” junior Olivia Reisz.
People’s reasons for their developed interest in a certain celebrity are varied. Some students said they grew up watching them, and others have discovered them as an infatuation now.
¨Emma Watson, I’ve been crushing on her since like first grade, when I was like watching the Harry Potter movies,¨ junior Josh Delay said.
Professional hockey players and soccer players are very popular among Gen Z as well. Athletes like Portuguese professional soccer player Joao Felix and American professional hockey player Jack Hughes.
“Not only is he (Hughes) just a very clever player and very good at what he does, he’s probably one of the hottest people ever, so watching him play gives you the best of both worlds,” junior Lauryn Riefle said.
“He’s (Felix) hot and plays soccer,” junior Josephine Lewis said.
Music artists and actors are a discoverable outlet to people gaining a celebrity crush.
“FKA twigs makes really good music and her music videos are good too,” senior Noah Weihl said.
“He (Joe Keery) was really good in ‘Stranger Things,’ and I really like his music, and he’s really attractive,” junior Sydney Arrandale said.
“Keke Palmer, she is just a successful black woman that’s so inspiring to see in this world today, she came up from nothing pretty much. I just wish one day, I could talk to Keke Palmer,” junior Kellsie Shell said.
Celebrity crushes that were less popular or outliers include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian “Q” Quinn and Aubrey Plaza.
“I think he’s (Gordon-Levitt) a good actor, and I love ‘10 Things I Hate About You,” junior Ellie Jacobsmeyer said.
“He’s (Quinn) silly; he’s goofy; he’s a jokester. That’s all there really is to it,” junior Katherine Ragain said.
This will be Soledad Lee’s first year on ECHO Staff. She also made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year.