Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, best known for his acclaimed role in the cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain, is the world’s hottest male icon according to visitors on gay website AfterElton.com.
“What accounts for Jake’s ongoing appeal to gay men? His doe-eyed, boy next door (yet somehow smoldering) looks certainly don’t hurt, but we suspect what really makes gay men go for him is that he doesn’t have an issue going for us,” said the website.
“From playing gay in Brokeback to appearing at a GLAAD award show to not feeling the need to distance himself from his gay fans (remember the shout out to us done in drag on Saturday Night Live?), Jake has done as much as any actor to show straight guys there isn’t a good reason to be afraid of gay guys (or gay roles).”
The annual poll, which reportedly received 100 000 votes, saw openly gay actor John Barrowman – who stars in the sci-fi series Torchwood – take second place.
“I’m thrilled with the results. Who wouldn’t want to come in behind Jake Gyllenhaal?” Barrowman told the website.
Another gay actor, Brother & Sisters’ Luke MacFarlane, took the third spot.
According to AfterElton, “The biggest change from last year is how many out gay men finished in the top ten. In 2007, just two did so, T.R. Knight at #8 and John Barrowman at #10. This time around gay men took four of the top ten spots, but more significantly, they took four of the top five spots.”
The girls also had a chance to vote for their Hot 100 female celebrities at sister site AfterEllen.com.
Actress and comedienne Tina Fey, best known for TV’s Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, scooped the title.
“Take one part Fey’s support of the LGBT community, add her critical and comedic success…, mix it all together with some awesome black-rimmed glasses and bicurious shoes, and you’ve got a new lesbian icon. Smart, sexy, funny and down-to-earth: That’s what lesbians like!” said the site.
She was followed by Jennifer Beals from The L Word in second place and openly lesbian actress Jill Bennett from TV series Dante’s Cove in the third spot.