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Why Jake Lacy is the Perfect Leading Man for Female-Led Rom-Coms

Jake Lacy stands out among the many hot male leads in Hollywood as a sensitive heartthrob, possessing that rare combination of masculine sex appeal and sweet boy-next-door charm. The actor is noticeably sincere in these roles, possibly because they're not so different from Lacy himself. Here's why Jake Lacy is so irresistible in romantic female-led films.

He Loves Characters With a Sense of Decency

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The most compelling romantic heroes are the positive, goodhearted ones, something Jake Lacy is also drawn to, saying he loves characters with a real sense of decency and hope. His appreciation for these qualities shines through in his performances.

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He's a Fan of "Project Runway"

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It's hard to imagine a manly guy like Jake Lacy enjoying Project Runway as much as we do, but the actor says he gets emotionally invested in the fashion series. How adorable is that?

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Goes All Out to Win a Girl He Likes

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Just like out favorite onscreen leading men Lacy ardently pursues the girls he likes, telling Popsugar: "I'd say every girl I've ever been in love with I've gone all-out to try to win, to try to woo."

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Has an Awesome Sense of Humor

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He has a truly awesome sense of humor, which helps his performances in romantic comedies and on TV's Girls. Lacy's brand of humor is wacky, uninhibited and even self-deprecating, making him that much more endearing to fans.

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His Manly but Wholesome Appearance

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Lacy's virile, robust looks could easily land him a role as a Viking, with his strong jaw, broad-shoulders and athletic physique. But there's also a wholesome, clean-cut quality about his appearance which puts girls at ease.

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He's a Natural Rom-Com Hero

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Not every charismatic hunk can be the hero of a female-led rom com. Described as a "feminist crush," Lacy has the ability to seem strong and sexy onscreen without taking anything away from his leading lady.

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Philosophical and Wise Beyond His Years

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Also dubbed "The Thinking Girl's Beefcake" Lacy can be stunningly wise. He talks about feminism being an inclusive concept for everyone, saying: "It should be okay for everybody to be their own person and co-exist together and still get the same rights."

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"Crazy Sexy Cool" Was the First CD he Bought

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It seems that he was always a Romeo. The very first CD Lacy bought, when he was just in the 6th grade was TLC's Crazy Sexy Cool, and says he imagined that was what sex sounded like.

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Has Good Guy Persona

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He owes a lot to his good-guy persona, which has made him the go-to actor for lovable boyfriend roles. Lacy admits he's not always as nice as his persona, but does enjoy playing good boyfriend/husband material characters.

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Associated With Lots of Pro-Women Projects

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Jake Lacy's image has greatly benefited from being associated with a number of pro-women projects over the last few years; from TV series Girls to movies like Carol and How to be Single.

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He's a Romantic at Heart

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Lacy is really a romantic at heart, confessing that he used to "fall in love" on the subway, having poignant fantasies about a random girl, imagining her listening to his hopes, dreams and fears.

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His Puppy Dog Eyes Melt Our Heart

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One of Lacy's most valuable physical assets are his big, dark puppy dog eyes which convey kindness and a sort of innocence at the same time. Those eyes are the first thing that inspire female moviegoers to trust him.

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Great Chemistry With His Leading Ladies

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Great chemistry can't be faked, and lucky for Jake Lacy he dosen't have to. The actor has had notable chemistry with a wide range of strong leading ladies from Lena Dunham, to Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde.

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Is Happy Being a Part of Female-Fronted Projects

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Although he grew up idolizing the ultra-macho Ray Liotta and was inspired by movies like Goodfellas, Lacy is genuinely happy about co-starring in woman-led movies saying that he is "proud and honored to be associated with female-fronted projects."

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Admires and Respects His Female Co-Stars

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When actors admire and respect one another it comes across on screen, and Lacy has real admiration for many of his female co-stars describing Carol castmates Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett as "both so incredibly talented and beautiful and accomplished."

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