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How I Met Your Mother

Thanks to the incredibly warm and friendly folks in London, Amsterdam, and Olso your Hunkologists have returned to the states well-rested and recharged! We had a fantastic holiday and thoroughly enjoyed our time away. Our trip also gave us a bit of inspiration for future posts, so watch for some of those.

While we were away posted their annual Hot 100 list, which once again featured a fantastic assortment of men.

Neil Patrick Harris - Hunk du Jour

1 Neil Patrick Harris 51 Taye Diggs
2 John Barrowman 52 Christopher Meloni
3 Luke MacFarlane 53 Mitch Hewer
4 Jake Gyllenhaal 54 Jason Statham
5 Jensen Ackles 55 Jensen Atwood
6 Chris Evans 56 Christan Bale
7 Cheyenne Jackson 57 James McAvoy
8 Hugh Jackman 58 Jamie Bamber
9 Gale Harold 59 Gael Garcia Bernal
10 James Franco 60 Lee Pace
11 Zac Efron 61 Joseph Gordon-Levitt
12 Jared Padalecki 62 Nick Adams
13 Anderson Cooper 63 Matthew Fox
14 Gareth David-Lloyd 64 Ben Cohen
15 Matthew Mitcham 65 Ryan Gosling
16 Adam Lambert 66 Colin Farrell
17 Jo Weil 67 Mario Lopez
18 Brad Pitt 68 Eddie Cibrian
19 Thore Scholermann 69 Hayden Christensen
20 Van Hansis 70 Jeffrey Dean Morgan
21 Ryan Reynolds 71 Gerard Butler
22 Jake Silbermann 72 Clive Owen
23 Paul Rudd 73 George Clooney
24 David Beckham 74 Dave Annable
25 Chad Allen 75 Chris Pine
26 Chace Crawford 76 Eric Dane
27 James Marsden 77 Jude Law
28 Paul Walker 78 Orlando Bloom
29 Johnny Depp 79 Simon Baker
30 Channing Tatum 80 Ian Somerhalder
31 Milo Ventimiglia 81 Ben McKenzie
32 Daniel Craig 82 Dustin Lance Black
33 Randy Harrison 83 Jared Leto
34 Matthew Rhys 84 Matt Damon
35 Tom Welling 85 Nathan Fillion
36 Robert Gant 86 Patrick Wilson
37 David Tennant 87 Trevor Wright
38 Russell Tovey 88 Emile Hirsch
39 Barack Obama 89 Justin Hartley
40 Robert Pattinson 90 Ronnie Kroell
41 T. R. Knight 91 Ryan Philippe
42 Justin Timberlake 92 Brad Rowe
43 John Krasinski 93 Misha Collins
44 Johnathan Rhys-Myers 94 Zachary Quinto
45 Darryl Stephens 95 Ashton Kutcher
46 Daniel Leary 96 James Sutton
47 David Boreanaz 97 Jason Mraz
48 Ewan MacGregor 98 Kris Allen
49 Henry Cavill 99 Wilson Cruz
50 Wentworth Miller 100 Tahmoh Penikett

P.S. Lisa H, thank you for your e-mails over the years... I appreciate you writing but in the many times I've tried to reply, my replies bounce back as undeliverable. I just wanted to say thank-you for your e-mail.

Neil Patrick Harris - Hunk du Jour

Age: 35
Height: 6' 1"
Hair: Dirty Blond
Eyes: Blue
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Neil Patrick Harris made his big debut with us in 1989 in Doogie Howser, M.D. He then took a 9 year break before returning to acting. His latest achievements include, How I met Your Mother (currently in its fourth season) and the widely popular internet sensation, Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog. He also has spent the last several years performing on Broadway, in hits such as Sweeney Todd, Proof, RENT, and Cabaret. He also recently had a spread in Out Magazine.

Neil will be coming to us "Live from New York" this week, as he hosts the first new episode of Saturday Night Live in 2009.

[ Sources: Superhero Fan and Gay TV Blog ]

Enrique Igleasias - Hunk du Jour

Enrique Iglesias is pounding the pavement, promoting his new album Insomniac. Previously guest starring on the CBS' How I Met Your Mother, he's now set to appear on The Young and the Restless next Wednesday, November 7th.

If you were hoping to see Enrique as part of his Insomniac World Tour, you should act quickly as he only has one US show on the books -- Los Angeles on December 7th!

Joe Manganiello from Spider-Man, How I Met Your Mother, and various other TV appearances - Hunk du Jour

Name: Joe Manganiello
Relationship Status: Taken
Orientation: Straight
Height / Weight: 6'5" / 225lbs.
Favorite Color: Black

Hi Joe, thanks for talking with us. You've been having a pretty busy month it sounds like! you reprise your role of Flash Thompson in Spider-Man 3, appeared in your fourth episode of How I Met Your Mother, regularly appear on the US telenovella American Heiress, and you appeared in the play Skirts and Flirts last week in New York... WHEW! Did I miss anything?
I just shot the first two episodes for the next season of E.R. where I reprise my role as Officer Litchman... the new love interest of Sam (played by Linda Cardellini) and I just wrapped shooting on the short film Wounded which will hit the festival circuit later this year... So yeah, very busy.

In the first Spider-Man movie, your character of Flash Thompson was the high school jerk -- picking on Peter Parker in hopes of scoring points with MJ. In school were you a Peter Parker or Flash Thompson?
I got picked on a lot in elementary school until my father told me to hit back... I never picked on kids but after that incident, I never let anyone mess with me again... In high school I was the jock that defended the skater kids from the other jocks that picked on them... so I was actually kind of the "Anti-Flash."

When did you start performing -- was it in high school, or did you stumble upon it later in life? What memories do you have of early performance?
We had a TV studio in high school and I would write, produce, and act in movies with my friends... I then auditioned for "Oklahoma" my senior year and got the part of Jud... then I got into CMU and the rest is history!

On How I Met Your Mother you play Brad -- a reoccurring character who is one of Marshall's old law school buddies. Were you originally slated to keep coming back, or did they find an interesting character in Brad they want to keep around?
CBS had originally wanted another actor to play Brad, but the writers and producers convinced them to give me the part instead. I was only slated to shoot one episode, but they liked what I was doing so much that they rewrote the character of Brad in the next episode for me, from there they kept inviting me back for more and giving me funnier stuff to do.

You've been doing a lot of work with other folks involved with HIMYM both in front of and behind the cameras. Have they accepted you into the family, or have you always been friends with the HIMYM crew?
I joke with them that I'm like the low income kid who gets bussed in to go to their high school.

Another performance that cracked me up was as Tori Spelling's love interest in So NoTORIus who was part of a hollywood group (cult? religion?) obsessed with being "Relevant." I imagine you aren't part of a cult... but do you have any personal obsessions that you get teased about?
I can get a little Howard Hughes about germs sometimes... I just got back from New York and touching things like subway rails and then eating can freak me out a little bit.

I mentioned Skirts & Flirts earlier. A play following 15 urbanites and looking at how their lives end up touching each other. (The show made its New York premiere last week.) How did you get involved in the project?
I shot an episode of Jake in Progress with John Stamos a few years back and the casting people recommended me to the writer of Skirts & Flirts, Gloria Calderon Kellett, who then wrote a part for me in her play... it turned out that she was also a writer on How I Met Your Mother.

Your character is Derek Gillespie -- also known as The Chick Magnet. What can you tell us about Derek?
Derek is a personal trainer with some issues... if I tell you anymore it ruins the suprise...

Have you been able to get out and see New York City on your off-hours? Where have been your favorite places to go?
I love walking around and grabbing coffee and sitting in a park and people watching... I love Greenwich Village.

I feel like I've been unable to do all of your appearances justice... I mean, we didn't even speak about Scrubs, CSI, Las Vegas... I'm sure my TiVo would be full if I were to have a wish list set up for your appearances. Is there a particular appearance or performance that you wish people HADN'T have seen or remembered?
No, I'm proud of all of my work.

You're a huge Steelers fan, and listen to some pretty heavy music... what else might people not know about you?
I have horrible eyesight.

And now, our... Random Hunk Questions!

Best City: Los Angeles, New York City, or Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh will always be my hometown.

Marry, Boff, or Kill: Penelope Cruz, Tina Fey, Jessica Simpson.
Boff 'em all.

Paris Hilton: Go Directly to Jail, or Proceed to Boardwalk?

Better comedy: Friends, Cheers, or Laverne & Shirley

Guilty pleasure:

Thanks, Joe -- it has been a true pleasure!

For the final installment of Who We're Thankful For, I focus on some of the hunky actors that I have been particularly thankful for in 2006.

Jake Gyllenhaal - Hunk du Jour

Jake Gyllenhaal : While Brokeback Mountain first hit the states in late 2005, Jake has been enjoying a steady stream of press and attention. Latest rumors have him hanging out a lot with Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey and possibly working on an Armstrong biopic. He also won an MTV Movie Award for best kiss in Brokeback Mountain.

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