He Let Me Have Viggo

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By Geralyn Ruane

My fiancé Ron puts up with a lot from me, but I never expected him to put up with Viggo.

I am thirty-four years old; I pay taxes; I am engaged to be married. My life contains several outward signs that I am an adult. Yet I have this seriously girly celebrity crush on Viggo Mortensen – the guy who plays the emotionally scarred hero Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings movies. Sure, Viggo’s also a poet, photographer, painter, and political activist (see? here I go!) – but it’s still a celebrity crush. I buy magazines such as GQ, Vanity Fair and Cowboys and Indians when he’s on the cover (and I haven’t read magazines for fun since my subscription of Highlights ran out); I order books of his photography from Amazon; I have a “Viggo” wishlist on Tivo; I visit Viggo fan websites with alarming frequency. I haven’t acted this cuckoo since I spent my middle school library time looking up magazine articles about Duran Duran! And that was over twenty years ago! Part of me is ashamed of this gash of immaturity blazing through my life . . . but the other part will talk to almost anyone about Viggo.

But Ron is cool with it.

I could never be that way if the situation were reversed. If he were to bring home magazines with . . . say . . . Salma Hayek on the cover and visit her fan websites on the net, I’d be like, “Dude, what is up with you and Salma Hayek?”

So why isn’t Ron ticked off? I asked him that very question not so long ago. He simply said he wasn’t jealous. He knows I love him.

And he also knows that I have this tendency to obsess. I went to see Bridget Jones’s Diary in the theatre 6 times, seeing how many new allusions to Pride and Prejudice I could spot each time. When I was a Lakers fan, I owned 9 T-shirts, 4 flags on my car, 3 game jerseys, 1 ball cap, and a winter jacket – and I wanted to paint my house purple and gold. When I was crazy about the show The Crocodile Hunter, I ordered an extra pay channel so I could see one more episode a day.

Yup. I can obsess. Last year, I stood outside a Borders waiting for it to open because the first customers to buy the Return of the King DVD got a free, really HOT poster of a fierce and wild Aragorn, aka Viggo. I was the only idiot waiting, but I got my poster of Viggo! For my birthday, Ron framed that poster for me. A custom, hand-made frame that he did himself at some framing place that lets you do that. All because he knew I would love it.

Ron gets me. He knows how silly and compulsive and crazy I can be, but he doesn’t try to change me or chide me or fix me. He loves me, Viggo crush and all.

By Geralyn Ruane
Author of “Jane Austen Meets the New York Giants”
in Marlo Thomas’ book THE RIGHT WORDS AT THE RIGHT TIME, Vol. 2, April 2006


  • Anonymous
    on February 12, 2006

    Ger, I have to admit that I loved Viggo in The Lord of the Rings. Then, too, I have to agree with Charlene about Tim McGraw. Wow, is he sexy when he sings! Like Ron, my Bob just puts up with me.


  • Anonymous
    on February 9, 2006

    Why would Ron be jealous? Viggo is great for a brief crush, but Ron–with those beautiful eyes and big heart–is a forever kind of guy. And besides, you wear his sparkling diamond on your finger–Not Viggo’s!!!

    Sandy C.

  • Anonymous
    on February 6, 2006

    What a great story, Ger!

    — Louise

  • Anonymous
    on February 6, 2006

    OMG! I didn’t know you loved Viggo too! I’m so excited I’m not the only one. Forget Ron, *I’m* your soulmate! 😉

  • Anonymous
    on February 5, 2006

    Hi Geralyn,

    Loved your post. And I’m with you. I have a crush! I feel 16 again when I admit that I love country singer Tim McGraw. He’s my idea of a perfect hero-type. Hunky and devoted to his wife and family.
    But dear hubby doesn’t get it with me. He thinks I’m a bit luney for having a life-sized poster of the man sitting in my closet (he doesn’t want me putting it up in my office!. And spending ebay bucks to get front row seats for his concerts! So I “get” you too, but my sweet guy wants to be #1, even in my fantasies — so I oblige. After all, he’s the one I go home to every single night!

  • Anonymous
    on February 5, 2006

    Hey Geralyn:

    This is my husband and I in reverse. He was obsessed with Jenny McCarthy. When I bought him one of her calendars, my girlfriends were astounded that I’d do such a thing. I figured (a) she was annoying that he’d never be able to tolerate her company if he actually met her, and (b) no one but me is crazy enough to put up with his indecisiveness!

    You and Ron are just a perfect pair!

    Mary C.

  • Anonymous
    on February 5, 2006


    Colin Firth is my Viggo. And like you, if the tables were turned and my husband wanted to see movies because of a certain actress, I’d be jealous. Why is that I wonder? LOL

    I always love your posts!


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