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Meet New Internet Boyfriends

We all remember what Benjamin Franklin said: Nothing in this life is certain except death, taxes, and a new crop of young, sexy Internet boyfriends to get the salivary glands of the World Wide Web pumping every three or four months. Okay, I may have paraphrased a little, but that was the gist. If you thought internet boyfriends were for life, not just for Christmas, you were wrong.

Look at the cooling of our obsession with Barry Keoghan, which peaked when everyone and their grandmother (sadly, often at the same time) watched Saltburn over the festive period. Or how we reached the summit Timothée Chalamet after the double bill Wonka and Dune: Part 2. They rested for their own health. Don’t wake them, they’re sleeping.

Now it’s prime time for a whole new wave. So if you’re not feeling up to Paul Mescal’s content, or feeling how out of touch you are when referring to Pedro Pascal as the man of the moment (baby, no!), here’s your new candidates.

MICHEL FAIST

    (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)    (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

(Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

The real winner of Luca Guadagnino’s torrid tennis adventures, Challengers? Literally everyone. People can’t stop talking about Zendaya and Josh O’Connor’s performances, but the real standout star is the freshest face of the trio, West Side Story star Mike Faist, who has been unwittingly courting internet users ever since weeks with his dry humor and surprising dance moves (he’s a Broadway star, guys, it shows). We are completely won over.

RAMY YOUSSEF

    (Hulu)    (Hulu)

(Hulu)

The unsung and lovable hero of Poor Things is finally getting his due, having recently hosted SNL (in which he called for a ceasefire and floated the idea of ​​a trans president of the United States) and directed an episode of season two of The Bear. Now he’s back on set for the third season of the most lauded show on television right now and we can’t wait to see what he gets up to.

COSMO JARVIS

    (Elliott Kennedy)    (Elliot Kennedy)

(Elliott Kennedy)

Sometimes a baby is given a name that just destines him or her to become an internet boyfriend. It’s written in the stars. Cosmo Jarvis was given this name (and face). The standout star of Shōgun, who managed to climb the giant that is The Bear to become FX’s highest-profile TV pilot, Jarvis is the slightly less mainstream 2024, equally handsome Aaron Taylor-Johnson. And now he’s set to star alongside Robert De Niro in the gangster drama Alto Knights, which will only amplify his burgeoning star power. Oh, and he can sing. It’s almost too much to handle.

TRAVIS KELCE

    (AFP via Getty Images)    (AFP via Getty Images)

(AFP via Getty Images)

Think what you want about Taylor, but if the tortured poet department has proven anything, it’s that Travis Kelce is way over her best boyfriend yet. The man is a human labrador, and sometimes you need a little himbo in your life. No thoughts in this brain, just kissing and playing football. Happiness.

DEV PATEL

    (PA)    (PA)

(PA)

Dev Patel has long held a place in the internet’s hearts, especially for those who watched his heartbreaking performance in Amazon Prime’s Modern Love — often cited as proof that he should rebuff requests to play romantic roles. Now, with Patel’s high-profile directorial debut, Monkey Man, he finally is! Just kidding – Monkey Man is a bloody revenge story about a brutal underground fight club, mixed with childhood trauma and repressed rage. So, yeah, not that romantic, but on the plus side, he’s often topless.

AYO EDEBIRI

Ayo Edebiri (Getty Images)Ayo Edebiri (Getty Images)

Ayo Edebiri (Getty Images)

You may not think that a woman can be a boyfriend on the Internet, but if you look at the way we fight and laugh at every Edebiri online activity, you will realize that it is completely possible . We’re literally hanging on every word of his Letterboxd reviews. We are in bad shape and Edebiri is entirely responsible for it.

JESSE PLEMONS

    (AFP via Getty Images)    (AFP via Getty Images)

(AFP via Getty Images)

Plemons isn’t your archetypal internet boyfriend, but there’s just that je ne sais quoi. His recent performance in Civil War (in which he is simply terrifying) proved that, because if there’s one thing that gets people moving, it’s a man who plays a truly despicable character and then is perfectly charming in real life . See: Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha or Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer.

KIT CONNOR

    (Getty Images)    (Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

Thanks to the recent reveal that he’ll be playing Romeo opposite Rachel Zegler’s Juliet on Broadway later this year, Kit Connor will be rebooting his internet boyfriend. This is a common phenomenon; some of the best internet boyfriends can have a second or even third round. For example, Jacob Elordi should soon make a second appearance. But with Connor’s more mature upcoming projects and his commitment to serving JW Anderson as much as possible, his Internet Boyfriend 2.0 era is now.

Nicolas Galitzine

    (Courtesy of Prime)    (Courtesy of Prime)

(Courtesy of Prime)

When Kim Kardashian said, “Get off your ass and work.” Seems like no one wants to work these days,” she definitely wasn’t talking about Nicholas Galitzine, who is surely one of the most booked and busiest actors in 2024. After playing a horny future Duke in the series Sky Mary & George opposite Julianne Moore for the lead singer of The Idea of ​​You, inspired by Harry Styles fanfiction, alongside Anne Hathaway, the man is everywhere. And yes, he is royally handsome too.