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Thirstgiving: The 2019 thirst moments for which we are most thankful

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Nov 25, 2019

Thanksgiving is known primarily as a food holiday, but if you'll excuse us please, we are a bit parched.

Luckily, 2019 gave us plenty of moments for adequate hydration. Color us quenched. From Poe DAMN-eron to Bae-son Mendoza to Tessa and Brie's top game, we have much to be thankful for.

Join us as we gather around the horn(y) of plenty and let's celebrate the most Thirstgiving moments of 2019. Gobble gobble, INDEED.

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Poe Dameron and friends in The Rise of Skywalker

Poe Dameron's Indiana Jones look

During one of my multiple trips to the theater to see The Last Jedi, I went with my sister (a Star Wars mega-fan), my dad and my stepmom (not really Star Wars people, but good sports). As we were having our movie post-mortem in the car on the way home, my dad mentioned "the handsome one," to which the three of us women responded in unison: "POE."

This is the power of Oscar Isaac. Between the devil-may-care attitude and the way that the camera lovingly framed his face like a romantic hero (Rian Johnson, forever doing the Lord's work), there seemed to be no way that Poe Dameron could be more babely.

And then the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker came out.

Listen.

Oscar Isaac could look good wrapped in a garbage bag, but the Indiana Jones in Space look that he appears to be rocking is just working. Add in a particularly kicky scarf and the entire ensemble comes together and it just screams "ADVENTURE" but also "WHAT ARE YOU DOING TONIGHT AND CAN I BE A PART OF IT?" — Alyssa Fiske

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland

Jake and Tom go full Butabi Brothers

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland took method dressing new level during their Spider-Man: Far From Home promotional duties. In complimentary jewel-toned suits, the pair appeared to be cosplaying the 1998 comedy A Night at the Roxbury. This is a deep-cut comedy reference, which only added to the mystique and allure of this moment. Gyllenhaal's dedication to this bit (there's no way Tom came up with this idea) was an unexpected highlight of the Far From Home press tour, which was already shaping up to be a sartorially swoon-worthy affair thanks to Zendaya's run of suits and backless frocks. Jake took it in an entirely different direction that made me weak at the knees. The winning thirst-inducing combo of a gold chain, the slicked-back hair, a soft sweater, and that knowing smile — while Tom looks a little bemused — is something to give thanks for during this Thirstgiving season. — Emma Fraser

The Good Place

Jason Mendoza in a suit

Every week without fail, The Good Place is what I am most grateful for. And while it is impossible to pick a favorite, Manny Jacinto as Jason Mendoza is an endless source of joy and love. He's a hot dummy with a heart of gold and tremendous at it. But, lest we ever forget, Jason is, under the layers of Jaguars gear and 24-Hour Lemon Musk Extreme, a legit snack. Like, overwhelmingly, powerfully so.

And even though that is eternally bubbling under his silly surface, the reveal of him in a suit at the end of "Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy," still elicited an actual gasp, so very stunning is this individual. If that weren't enough (it never is) he sports it the entirety of the subsequent episode, "Employee of the Bearimy." But it's that initial view, just after Jason decides to go to the Bad Place, face Shawn, and save his beloved Janet. Plus the hotness of the suit cushioned the blow of watching our tender delicate angel find out about the fate of Blake Bortles. - Courtney Enlow

High Life Robert Pattinson

The Robert Pattinssance

Robert Pattinson is cool now. Huh, it turns out all those teenage girls who were mocked for fancying him in full Twilight sparkle-mode were ahead of the curve once again. Now, RPattz is an indie darling and our upcoming goddamned Batman, but his moment of underrated thirst came in High Life, the sci-fi drama by French director Claire Denis. It's a strange, often deeply frustrating movie that involves a lot of semen (like, seriously, so much semen). However, I cannot deny the near-primal thrill of seeing RPattz in adorable dad mode with his character's baby daughter. He sings to her, he feeds her, he protects her from the ceaseless nihilism of their solitary life on a crumbling space ship heading towards a black hole. He does it all!

Pattinson got weirdly speculative and sexual in 2019 — hello there, mermaid sex in The Lighthouse — but the undeniable sweetness of RPattz dad was what brought out the true artistic thirst. — Kayleigh Donaldson

John Boyega on a horse

John Boyega, romance king

We already know John Boyega is a man of many talents. He piloted a Jaeger in Pacific Rim: Uprising, outran those glowy-eyed aliens in Attack the Block, and the new Star Wars trilogy informed all of us that he knows how to wear the hell out of the brown leather jacket graciously donated to him by ace pilot Poe Dameron — but we had no idea that his skills extended to a possible future as a romance hero.

That all changed when perfume company Jo Malone decided to make Boyega the first male ambassador (or "gent") for their brand, and the behind-the-scenes that resulted from the ads clued us all into his real potential as the long-lost Disney Prince of all our dreams. Was it the discovery that he could ride on horseback, or the realization that he was doing it all in a flowing white shirt and trousers? Move over, Fabio; there's a potential new romance novel cover model in town, and he could scoop us up on his horse and whisk us off to his country estate any day of the week. — Carly Lane

Mads Mikkelsen Death Stranding

Hot daddy Mads

Look, I'm going to be honest with you: I haven't played Death Stranding yet. Sorry, I don't possess the appropriate console and I have too much stuff to do these days. However, I would be the world's biggest liar if I did not confess to watching many MANY YouTube videos of gameplay just to see CGI Mads Mikkelsen look me dead in the eye and make me feel all my feelings. The zenith? When he says "daddy." I am only human and I was denied the beauty of this moment through three seasons of Hannibal.

Yes, in context he is saying this to an actual baby, but Denmark's finest could say just about anything in that inflection and I'd be game. Of course, nobody in the world thinks Mads Mikkelsen is hotter than Hideo Kojima. Find someone who looks at you like Hideo Kojima looks at CGI Mads Mikkelsen saying "daddy." — Kayleigh Donaldson

Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson

Brie and Tessa and the lesbians

It's hard to believe in this decade of a year that Captain Marvel came out only in March. It has delivered so many gifts along the way, not least of which is the friendship between Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson, and Tessa Thompson. While their relationship is completely platonic, it is also somehow so very gay as the two have exchanged flirty tweets full of Carol/Valkyrie fanart and fully embraced the public shipping of their heroic alter egos. But it was a moment during their joint panel at Ace Comic Con at the end of the summer which really had us reaching for the water bottles.

After an audience member suggested the thing the actresses might be looking forward to most in their next project was "lesbians," Larson, unable to come up with her own example, simply asked, "how do I top lesbians?" Thompson, not missing a beat, informed her Avengers: Endgame co-star that "I'm sure the lesbians could tell you." Suffice it to say, the lesbians agree and we're all thanking the queer gods for double entendre. —Tricia Ennis

Winston Duke in Get Out

Winston Duke's pillowy thighs

Earlier this year, Jordan Peele lured us back to the movie theaters with Us, after which we avoided funhouses and couldn't listen to "I Got 5 On It" without getting creeped out. Some of us spent copious amounts of time thinking about whether or not we had doppelgänger clones waiting in the shadows to take our place. (Actually, mine could come up here to help me with these bills, honestly.)

But none of us could forget the image of Winston Duke setting those mouthwateringly thick thighs out on that twin size bed. This is arguably the most important scene to happen in the movie, main plot be damned. Us gave us a reason to thankfully thirst after M'Baku some more — as if we needed another one. Duke played a goofy, loving, and protective dad who just so happened to be thicker than a Snicker. At times I kind of wish those red jumpsuits the doppelgängers wore were short rompers instead, because then we would have gotten twice the thigh meat.

Those luscious seats disguised as parts of human anatomy were also a dead giveaway that something indeed was a little off about Lupita's character, Adelaide. Who would turn down a ride on those? A clone, that's who. — Stephanie Williams

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