Anderson Cooper’s 25 things you didn’t know about… swoon worthy

Anderson Cooper has the “25 Things You Didn’t Know” about in this week’s US Weekly and it’s just awesome. It’s funny, it’s humble, it’s smart, it’s informative – just like AC! Compare Anderson’s nice little non-braggy list to a recent one compiled by Joe Manganiello of True Blood, who just listed off his accomplishments and told us that The Fountainhead was his favorite book, like he was doing us a favor. Cooper doesn’t have anything to prove, but he manages to prove that he’s so much more worthy anyway. Take a look:


1. I started going gray in college.
2. I wish I still had brown hair.
3. I love my Real Housewives of Atlanta and Beverly Hills. Miami, not so much.
4. I met Charlie Chaplin when I was 6. I have a photo, but no actual memory of it.
5. I’m very disorganized.
6. Shopping for clothes makes my head hurt.
7. I work out nearly every day. Yes, I know how annoying that sounds.
8. I love fast food.
9. I need to eat better.
10. I collected toy solders when I was young.
11. I became a reporter by going to wars by myself with a camera and a fake press pass.
12. I’ve been addicted to TV since I was little.
13. I was a Dungeons and Dragons geek when I was young. I spent a lot of time indoors.
14. I can fall asleep anywhere at any time.
15. I was a child model. Embarrassing!
16. I don’t drink any hot liquids. No tea, no coffee.
17. Oddly, my favorite ice cream flavor is coffee.
18. I don’t wear sunglasses, no matter how bright out it is.
19. I struggled with sydlexia as a child.
10. Chocolate chip cookies make me happy.
21. I can’t sing, and won’t try.
22. I like to dance, but never on TV.
23. I’ve bitten my nails for as long as I can remember.
24. I am a dog person and have a dog named Molly, but I’ve recently discovered cats are OK too.
25. I like to assume the best about people, until I am proven wrong.

[From US Weekly, print edition, September 19, 2011]

I love how this list tells us a little tidbit about AC, then kind of corrects it with a counter item. It’s clever, and it’s also self deprecating. For all the times he sort-of brags, he balances it out. He’s not a humble bragger either. It was only a year or so ago that I learned that Cooper is Gloria Vanderbuilt’s son, and that he comes from American royalty. Notice how this list has nothing about his family background and nothing about his brag-worthy education. He graduated from Yale, he studied Vietnamese in Hanoi at the University of Hanoi for a year, and he interned for two summers at the CIA. He’s been all over the world reporting on war and genocide, but there’s only one item here about how he became a reporter. He’s a prominent telejournalist on his own merits, and he continues to prove that with every move. Of course everyone is wondering why AC doesn’t come out of the closet, but I just think he wants to keep his personal life private.

I know I became a total AC fangirl at some point, and I think it was after that Gerard Depardieu giggle fest. Look at this man. Even when he makes a sexy face, it’s like he’s making fun of himself.




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  1. mia girl says:

    I love him so much! I am such a fangirl too!

    His new talk show starts on Monday, so everyone show their love for AC and watch it/DVR/Tivo it.

  2. Anne says:

    He’s perfect.

  3. Lenna says:

    AC was the reporter on my high school channel (channel 1) back 18+ years ago. He was great then and still is!!

  4. embertine says:

    Glorious. And I particularly love that he’s wearing a blue shirt and tan chinos in the first pic. All the best men do: see Attenborough, David.

  5. Jenny says:

    He talks about a lot of the things mentioned in his book, Dispatches From the Edge. I so love him.

  6. Julia says:

    I love that man.

  7. Darlene says:

    I love love love him.

  8. Eve says:

    I am a dog person and have a dog named Molly, but I’ve recently discovered cats are OK too.

    I’m the opposite (of the quote above). So I wish more dog people would come to that conclusion (that he did) too. I’m really sad when I think about all the cats that could be adopted but are not because people are prejudiced against them.

  9. Dorothy#1 says:

    Lovelovelovelovelove him!!!!!!!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    @ Eve
    I too am a dog person but I would possibly have a cat if I wasn’t allergic. I only became a dog person because of allergies.

  11. Ferocity says:

    My boyfriend is annoyed that AC is in my top five deserted island list twice.

  12. Eve says:

    @ Elizabeth:

    Damn you, allergies! *shaking first in the air*

    You see…I’ve had cats my entire life (right now there’s dog and three cats — all adopted/picked up from the streets…like, literally) and it’s particularly painful to see people hating on them for reasons that are not true, it’s annoying that they’re always portrayed as villainous, untrustful characters in movies and cartoons when I can assure, based on my own life’s history, that they’re absolutely sweet, loving creatures.

  13. Derpy says:

    Has anyone checked over at DListed to see if MK is still breathing?

  14. Leticia says:

    I can think of a few noteworthy tidbits left off the list.

  15. BerMan says:

    I kinda like him too..but for every good thing there is a dark side….time will tell. But for now I give him two thumbs up.

  16. Melissa says:

    I love Anderson Cooper. But I have to state an observation I made the other day while watching a commercial for his new talk show. He looks like an older version of Macaulay Culkin to me. Or I can see MC looking like AC when he gets older. Something like that. lol

    And I am talking about the face, not the body. AC has a rockin’ physique. MC…does not.

  17. Goofpuff says:

    *swoon* love his sense of humor and attitude πŸ™‚

  18. Rhiley says:

    He looks so good in khakis.

  19. Susan says:

    Seriously, he is perfect. Other than the president, there is no one I would rather meet.

  20. Shannon says:

    I love AC. Unfortunately, I don’t watch his show much on CNN anymore because the hours conflict with my primetime, but when I do watch I love him. He tries not to interject himself in the stories too much and instead lets commentators provide the viewpoints. I’m hoping to watch his morning show, but I don’t know the hours yet.

  21. lucy2 says:

    Love him. He seems like a guy who has lived a pretty intense life so far, but still doesn’t take himself too seriously. Which is good.

  22. aenflex says:

    Love him!

  23. Esmom says:

    This list is reminiscent of his book, a must read. When I finished it I was seriously yearning for him to become my gay husband.

    What I find most admirable is that he could’ve had a pretty easy, cushy life but he struck out on his own and forged his own path, facing some heartbreaking losses in his life along the way.

  24. Original Tiffany says:

    I love him too. I would totally have him for my gay husband. He’s out, I believe, he just doesn’t talk about it. Why should he? It’s not like it’s relevant to the news. He’s always pap’d with his boyfriend biking.
    I hope when I go grey it is silver. I’ve come to love him after getting hooked on CNN-it’s the only news they run in other countries usually, so that’s what I get right now.

  25. Bite me says:

    Can’t wait for people to turn on him πŸ™‚

  26. layla says:

    “I became a reporter by going to wars by myself with a camera and a fake press pass”

    And now you are doing daytime tv with reality stars.

    When (and WHY???) did this fall from grace happen. I’ve never understood why the TRUE journalist left….???

  27. Hayley says:

    Does anyone remember when he was the host of The Mole?!?! Greatest.Show.Ever. He was super hilarious.

  28. Jackson says:

    I <3 AC. How can anyone not love him???

  29. Esmom says:

    @Layla, 26. I think he’s had an honorable, credible journalism career and has more than earned the right to do some fluffy infotainment stuff.

    I don’t see it as a fall from grace, just a lightening up and a break from the intensity of his assignments and the insanity he’s seen around the world.

  30. Ari says:

    Its things like this that make me wish even harder to have a pen*s LOL

    He is so freaking to die for

  31. BeckyR says:

    I like him a lot. If you have never read any of his Mother’s books, you should. She has had an amazing life!Gloria Vanderbilt is a very good writer and story teller. AND a great Mother!!

  32. april says:

    He’s smart, funny, nice, and humble. Great attributes.

  33. taxi says:

    I’ve bgeen an AC fan for many years & appreciate the quality of his “hard” reporting from Haiti, middle East, etc. Like him doing fluff too, because his background gives him an interesting perspective from which to interview some of the very self-important celbs of the day. He’s also very good interviewing politicians.

    His own modesty is endearing. We’ll never hear him brag about what he’s done, where he’s been, & who his family friends are.

  34. LeeLoo says:

    He’s a proud accomplished journalist, I know…but I totally want Anderson to take me clothes shopping.

    @layla EsMom is right. He’s spent 20+ years seeings, wars, riots, and all sorts of things. If he wants to relax and do fluffy entertainment I am all for it. In the end I think we’ll all be smarter for it.

  35. Charlotte says:

    Derpy -:) MK may need CPR! Absolutely love AC!

  36. mzjask says:

    didnt know all that before but i have always thought he is Such A Stud.

  37. crtb says:

    God, I love him.

  38. sweetpea says:

    I’m wondering if I could make his voice my ringtone…Love him…

  39. boo says:

    Love him! He is so adorable and I love when he giggles! Hi MK at Dlisted!!We love the same man, I’ll fight you for him, I’m getting my chankla right now!

  40. LucyOriginal says:

    I love Andy!

  41. newtsgal says:

    I think MK will take ya Boo! I put 5 on MK for the win……LOL!
    Love, Love….. Love AC!

  42. Lukie says:

    I didn’t know AC was dyslexic…

  43. eternalcanadian says:

    I totally like AC! πŸ˜€

  44. lolo says:

    Love him.