It is 9am and Husband and I are in the midst of our second argument of the day. Something to do with an electrical item being broken and my husband being completely at a loss as to how to fix it. Plus, he has lost the warranty that came with it. “If only you could be more like XYZ!” I yell at him. “They are so organized… They even FILE things.”
Husband looks at me like I am mad. He wouldn’t know how to file papers or fix a broken light fitting any more than he could wrestle a shark.
At that moment, I wished he was a little different. Just as I am sure, very often, he wishes I were a little more silent. A little more rational… What I’m failing to mention is that Husband is a great cook — he knows how to make great stocks, reduce sauces, souffle, marinade, bake, flambe, and roast. He can also pick out a great wine.
So I polled practically every female I know, and we came up with a list of the celebs that we think would make epically great Husbands. Take a look at the slideshow below and let me know what you think, or if I am missing any off the list.
They didn’t have to be the hottest, the sexiest, or the most kissable. It was purely “Who makes ideal Husband material?”
Now if only I could roll all 10 into 1…
Prince William – For the Princess Treatment 1 of 10
I promise you, this is NOT because we all dream of being a princess. Nope, this is because he is just so darn lovely. Protective of Kate as she held their precious bundle, Wills didn't stand awkwardly on those hospital steps the way his Father had done 31 years previously. He chatted to the press, joking his son has Kate's good looks, and fitted the baby seat all by himself. A modern Royal who feels so much more "one of us" than the generations before him. Plus, he wears nice shirts.
Hugh Jackman – For Humor 2 of 10
No.1 - He is funny. No.2 - He can dance. No.3 And sing. No.4 He tells great stories — my personal fave being the one where he commentated one New Year's Eve on the live Sydney fireworks, and his producer set pages with facts for him to read out on fire! Hugh had over an hour of talking about fireworks, totally ad-libbed, with nothing else to say. He said it was the longest hour of his life! No. 5 - He talks about his wife of 17 years in such a glowing way, so clearly still devoted to her. *Sigh* If only all hubbies were like Hugh...
Gary Barlow – For Getting Things Done 3 of 10
Take That star and X Factor presenter Gary Barlow is a national treasure here in the UK. So he might come across as a bit of a grouch occasionally — we'll forgive him. Why? He married his wife Dawn in 2000 and they have 3 children, he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief, and he donated the original handwritten lyrics to his number 1 hit single "Back for Good" to help raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. He organized the Queen's Diamond jubilee, and deservedly was awarded with an OBE from the Queen of England. Gary, a thoroughly nice egg, is a diamond himself in my eyes.
Elton John – For A Shopping Pal 4 of 10
Some say the real Queen of England is none other than Elton John. Here's a man who certainly appreciates a flower or two: his flower bill for just over a year was once £293,000! ($457,000). He managed to spend £30 million ($47 million) in 2 years! Imagine the shopping sprees one could have with Elt as your other half! You'd find yourself saying, "I'll have one in every color, thanks." The thing I like most about Elton is when challenged about his spending habits on Piers Morgans' TV show Life Stories, he responded, "I have no guilt, Piers. I earn the money, I pay my taxes." Quite Elton, quite.
Ben Affleck – For All Around Best Dad 5 of 10
If Ben's Oscar-winning acceptance speech this year didn't get you misty eyed, you have no pulse. He thanked his kids and his devoted wife Jennifer Garner. He said that marriage is work (amen, Ben, amen) but there was no one else he would do it with. His honesty and sincerity was just adorable. Plus, he is frequently photographed taking his kids here and there — like above, when he took his daughters to a farmers market. Bet that's organic produce in his bag, don't you?
Derek Hough – For the Dance Moves 6 of 10
Dancing with the Stars regular Derek Hough is certainly nimble on his feet. Ever since Patrick Swayze proved that real men CAN dance in Dirty Dancing, we have always wanted a man who can throw some shapes on the floor without looking like he is having a fit. Not only did Derek help English Rose Cheryl Cole after she contracted malaria, he is also often seen supporting his actress sister at her premieres. A husband that could dance is something I covet, as my own left me mid-way through our first dance at our wedding. I stood there flailing until I was rescued by the best man. Have we danced together since? That would be a no.
Jamie Oliver – For the Food (and the Heart) 7 of 10
Brit chef Oliver is just "pucker," as he would say. He's a steady and talented hand in the kitchen (obvs), but also a father of 4, and a campaigner to get the world eating healthier meals. Jamie is so passionate about his beliefs, and he should be applauded for his tireless crusade to stop children from ingesting too much fat and sugar. He still looks like he can laugh at himself, run a business empire, and have time to rustle up a BBQ at home with his wife Jules and the kids on the weekends. If that isn't a perfect man, I don't know what is.
Matt Damon – For A Best Buddy 8 of 10
On a drive through wet and windy Ireland last week, my only comfort was listening to the ever charming Matt Damon give a radio interview. Humble, warm, self-deprecating, and generous, he was just so NICE. He explained how he tried to remain under the celebrity radar, keeping as normal an existence as possible for his wife and 4 daughters. A man with a wife and 4 daughters is a man outnumbered! If I could pick a husband to have a beer with, it would be Matt hands down, every time.
Harrison Ford – For Mr. Fix It 9 of 10
Do you know that Harrison Ford is a keen carpenter? He learned the skill for the film Witness (what a movie!), and has enjoyed a spot of carpentry ever since. Now, he might not have you rolling on your sides with laughter — Harrison comes across as quite dry in most interviews I've seen — but he can do DIY. That is the holy grail of husbands, surely? My husband asked what the difference is between gloss and matte paint — that is what I'm dealing with. So a man who could rustle up a nice cabinet or two? LOVE that.
Bear Grylls – For Adventure 10 of 10
If Armageddon ever comes, or some zombie plague, or I'm stranded on a desert island, I know who I'd want at my right hand — this man. British star of Man vs Wild, Bear is an adventurer, explorer, climber, and appears to be fearless. His show has featured him climbing cliffs, parachuting from helicopters, running through a forest fire, eating snakes, wrapping his urine-soaked t-shirt around his head to help stave off the desert heat, wrestling alligators, eating various "creepy crawlies," and utilizing the corpse of a sheep as a sleeping bag. That is one industrious man. As a Husband, what is there that he COULDN'T do?
All photo credit: Pacific Coast News