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Bedding the Essence of Stardom



The Sydney Morning Herald had this article

"One of the prime qualities a leading movie star must have is f---ability … Do you honestly think that it's talent alone that puts them into 'leading' category, as opposed to 'character actor'? Falling in love with the hero or heroine of the movie is often what it's all about. If that doesn't happen for you, then the movie won't work for you." Apparently f---ability is a combination of looks and an elusive quality called "presence".

Although this column's subject matter is popular culture, that doesn't mean it is shallow. When we declare that today's topic is the best-looking people on television, you will understand that our purpose is deep and serious. Physical appearance matters in the media (except in newspapers, mercifully). Jobs can be lost with a single wrinkle and saved with a single act of surgery.

In Hollywood they have a term for the essential quality in a performer or presenter. A forum in the intellectual magazine Salon discussed this recently: "One of the prime qualities a leading movie star must have is f---ability … Do you honestly think that it's talent alone that puts them into 'leading' category, as opposed to 'character actor'? Falling in love with the hero or heroine of the movie is often what it's all about. If that doesn't happen for you, then the movie won't work for you." Apparently f---ability is a combination of looks and an elusive quality called "presence".

The term has entered the vocabulary of the local industry. The news director of Channel Nine, John Westacott, allegedly told colleagues last year: "To make it in this industry, you gotta have f---ability."

This column eschews crudeness as energetically as it eschews shallowness, so we are developing what we call a Desirability Index to test the Westacott theory. A panel of persons of all sexual orientations compiled this work in progress:

The most desirable people on Australian television, 2008. Local division: Natalie Bassingthwaighte (So You Think You Can Dance Australia), Chris Bath (Seven News), Mark Ferguson (Nine News), Liz Hayes (60 Minutes), Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Sea Patrol), Daniel McPherson (City Homicide), Brendan Moar (Lifestyle Channel's Moar Gardening), Matt Passmore (McLeod's Daughters), Bridget Taylor (The Gruen Transfer), Julia Zemiro (Rockwiz). The obvious omission is Sonia Kruger - purely because Dancing With The Stars hasn't been on yet.

International division: David Boreanaz (Bones), Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Evangeline Lilly (Lost), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), Jesse Spencer (House), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Matthew Settle (Gossip Girl), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Olivia Wilde (House).

Tell us who we've missed and misjudged by going to http: //blogs.sunherald.com.au/whoweare. We'll use your input to produce a final list of the most f---able, and correlate it with the most successful.



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because it seems to be a point of interest, Mathew Settle is the Rufus on Gossip Girl 
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