The Hall of Hunks: Tom Ellis
Tom Ellis is a Welsh actor that has been quite busy over the last 16 years. His career launched in England with many of his early roles taking place on the BBC. His résumé is rather impressive. Many recurring roles and some notable cameos. Sadly, he has just now come to my attention. It is insane that I have missed this beautiful man in the past because he has made appearances in some of my most beloved series including Doctor Who, The Fades, and The Strain.
I discovered Ellis accidentally while looking for a new show to binge watch. I settled on Fox’s Lucifer which is based on a comic of the same name. It is a rather lighthearted, absolutely Biblically inaccurate, cop-drama love story. Lucifer Morningstar and his best demon buddy decide that Hell is boring and tedious. So they take a vacation and join the living humans on Earth. Lucifer is content running his nightclub and living a life of sexual debauchery until a criminal investigation crossed his path with a detective named Chloe Decker. His unusual ability to make people confess their deepest, darkest desires proves useful to the investigation. Lucifer discovers he enjoys the thrill of police work. He becomes a civilian consultant and Detective Decker’s partner. Over time, he realizes that he has fallen in love with her. Being the devil, he is alarmed and confused. He tries tricks from his usual repertoire to seduce Chloe but fails terribly. He eventually realizes that he is not worthy of her love. He sets out to prove himself. While fighting crime and struggling to get the girl of his dreams, the devil is also dealing with divine family drama. This ranges from his brother trying to trick him into returning to his job as ruler of Hell to his mother, Goddess of all Creation, manipulating everyone and everything in her path for her own selfish desires. Of course, we can’t forget about dealing with good ‘ole dad, the Lord himself.
For me, it is a combination of the actor and the character that makes Tom Ellis so attractive in this role. He is literally tall, dark, and handsome with a sexy, exotic accent. He has a smile that is somewhere between naïve and dangerous depending on the situation. He carries himself with confidence. He permeates a menacing vibe, like a coiled snake ready to strike, unless he is around a seldom few trusted individuals. Yet, at the same time, he is vulnerable. He despises the fact that humans blame him for the evil in the world and he resents his father for assigning him to rule over Hell. While he has no interest in ever returning to Hell, he does not understand the world around him. Humans are confusing. Emotion is confusing. He is willing to change everything about his life to show that his love for Chloe Decker is sincere but he does not know how to prove it to her.
What good girl does not want a gorgeous bad boy to give up everything for her? Isn’t it a tale as old as time? Except in this situation, we see it from the bad boy’s point of view. We see his shock as he realizes that he actually has feelings for someone other than himself. That he does not perceive this girl as a conquest but as a person that he both loves and respects. We watch him struggle to understand and to change. This just makes him more endearing and attractive.
Tom Ellis, as soon as I saw you, I was infatuated with your gorgeous self and sexy voice. However, it was truly your marvelous acting abilities that made me fall in love with the devil himself. Welcome to the Hall of Hunks.