tiffani amber thiessen jonathan taylor thomas composite From Kelly Kapowski to Jonathan Taylor Thomas: Your favorite stars had early TV crushes tooThey say you never forget your first — your first TV crush, that is. That character from the show you raced home to watch every week, that person whose pictures decorated your walls with posters from magazines like Tiger Beat and Bop — that actor who, even when you see them today, all grown up, still makes your heart skip a beat. Guys had them, girls had them, kids today are just discovering them. Your favorite stars had them too. 

It may seem hard to believe that celebrities lusted after the Kelly Kapowskis or Randy Taylors of the small screen just like the rest of us — but they did. Zap2it asked several stars just what character on television they first remember swooning over. and the answers may surprise you. They weren’t just swooning over Winnie Cooper and Jordan Catalano.
Check out some of the stars’ TV crushes below. 
Max Greenfield, ‘New Girl’
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“On ‘Newsradio’ I always thought [Maura Tierney] was just the hottest. She’s on ‘The Affair’ now, and I watched it and was like, ‘Yep, she’s still got it.’ I love her. [If she was ever on ‘New Girl’] I would freak out … I would get so nervous, but I would pretend to be a cool guy. When Linda Cardellini did the show I immediately was like, ‘So how was working with her on ‘ER’? She was cool? She was fun to be around?'”
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, ‘The Returned’
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“This is the more, I would say important, one would be Jordan Catalano [Jared Leto’s ‘My-So Called Life’ character]. That was a huge, huge crush. And it’s so funny because I’ve since rewatched that show many, many times as an adult and it’s so funny now seeing what an a**hole idiot he was. As a 10-year-old girl when I watched that show, I had no idea that that was even being insinuated, even though he does horrible things and he’s horrible to her and he’s not that smart and all this stuff. But it was smart though because it was so real. When I was in high school I had crushes on those guys, but you don’t know until you’re older how dumb that is. [laughs]
“[Before that it was] Jonathan Taylor Thomas. JTT. I remember writing ‘JTT’ all over my arms. Just ridiculous.”
Brett Dalton, ‘Agents of SHIELD’
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“Maybe Buffy. Yeah, I think so. For sure. And I followed her [Sarah Michelle Gellar’s] career after that. She charmed her way into all of our hearts.”
Gina Rodriguez, ‘Jane the Virgin’
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“It was Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Growing Pains.’ Joanna Kerns, the mom in ‘Growing Pains,’ is our director right now.”
Jake Johnson, ‘New Girl’ 

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“Winnie Cooper [Danica McKellar] … I was madly in love with her. Then I got really into Rebecca from ‘Cheers,’ Kirstie Alley. I liked the older lady with the power. … I was like, ‘Ooh yeah,’ I liked her.”
Darby Stanchfield, ‘Scandal’
darby stanchfield rob lowe crush From Kelly Kapowski to Jonathan Taylor Thomas: Your favorite stars had early TV crushes too“Rob Lowe. I had a poster of him in my bedroom. I don’t even know if I watched him on TV, I just saw this picture of this cute guy in a white wifebeater and ‘Miami Vice’ trousers and I put heart stickers all over the entire poster … and worshiped him for the next couple of years.”
Kyle Chandler,  ‘Bloodline’
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“I think it was from a video tape I wasn’t supposed to watch …”

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“It was Ted Danson on ‘Cheers.’ Yeah, that was my first TV crush. Is that a weird crush? Is Kyle Chandler still here? Because he is one of my current crushes. I met him last night. There was a Netflix dinner. I was so embarrassed because someone told him, ‘She’s a big fan!’ And I am! And then he was so nice, and we have a picture together now. But I was so embarrassed. I was bright red. He’s Coach!”
Sam Heughan, ‘Outlander’
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“Jennifer Aniston was like my first American TV crush. In fact, all the women in ‘Friends,’ let’s face it.”
Katie Lowes, ‘Scandal’
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“Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano. If I saw him now I would hide because I would be so nervous. I saw him from afar at a Netflix party once and I almost peed my pants and then I ran.”
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“I really liked ‘Sabrina, the Teenage Witch’ … Melissa Joan Hart was a babe.”
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“Mine was Leonardo DiCaprio in … what was that show? ‘Growing Pains’ … Super random, huh? I always had a thing for him.”
Chris Soules, ‘The Bachelor’ 
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“Kelly Kapowski [Tiffani Thiessen] … boom. I’d love to meet her. I got to meet Mario Lopez, A.C. Slater, he was my idol. My goal in life is to be as muscular … as big as Mario Lopez.” 
Matt McGorry, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ and ‘How to Get Away With Murder’

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“Evangeline Lilly from ‘Lost.’ I didn’t watch a lot of TV when I was younger, so it wasn’t until I was older that I started developing those crushes a little bit.” 
Guillermo Diaz, ‘Scandal’ 
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“I think Alyssa Milano on ‘Who’s The Boss’ was the first one, and then Kirk Cameron on ‘Growing Pains.’ 
Christina Ricci, ‘The Lizzie Borden Chronicles’ 

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“My favorite show when I was a kid was ‘The Golden Girls,’ so that doesn’t work. I think it was when I was a teenager and I was super into Fox Mulder from ‘The X-Files’ — not David Duchovny, just Fox Mulder … just on the television show. There’s a real separation for me.”
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