I haven’t watched The Bear, nor did I ever get into Shameless, but I’m really enjoying all of the thirst for Jeremy Allen White. White’s whole celebrity persona is “working class dude with secrets” and those are the kinds of characters he plays as well. People are obsessed with The Bear (which is on Hulu) and White’s character, Carmy, who inherits a Chicago sandwich shop from his brother. The screencaps of White have been going around:
I haven’t watched The Bear yet but I’m thrilled that people who’ve never worked in a restaurant are being introduced to an exclusive strain of Sexually Competent Dirtbag™️ that only exists in a restaurant kitchen pic.twitter.com/ZnZJOdM0l8
— Sarah York (@thesarahyork) July 6, 2022
It’s amazing and accurate. Anyway, White has seen the memes and he’s fine with most of it. Mostly, he’s just happy that it means The Bear is being seen and it’s something of a word-of-mouth success. He really wants to do a second season. Some highlights from his GQ profile:
No social media for all of the memes: “I don’t have Twitter or anything like that, but we do have a group text for the show and they are making me aware of it. They know me, and they know how embarrassing it is for me.”
He gets why people are hot for his character: “What I find attractive in people is a determination. If you’re truly good at something, that’s incredibly attractive. I understand people having a crush on Carmy. I think I have a bit of a crush on Carmy… [but] Carmy’s, like, the least sexual person. In playing him, I was aware that he had no room for love.”
He worried about going from Shameless to The Bear, playing similar characters: “I think I was too concerned with what other people might think,” he says. Ultimately, the writing won him over. “I also knew that if I said no to this, that whoever ended up doing it, I would hate them forever. So there was some spiteful stuff going on, too.”
He bought a place in Brooklyn without even seeing it in person: “I’m always on realtor apps. I’m a freak like that. And this house came along that was really inexpensive,” he says. So he and his wife, the actress Addison Timlin White, are currently stationed back East for the summer to be near their families.
Yeah, he’s married: He and his wife initially met in high school, when they were 14. “I was instantly very much into her and she, me too, I think,” he says. “But she had a boyfriend. I was just so clumsy about all that stuff. And then she went to a different school and I was really broken up.” (They have two kids now, aged 3 and 1.)
Moving to LA at 18 for Shameless: “I didn’t have a community outside of the show when I first got there, and I felt super isolated. I would go to Canter’s a lot and read scripts. There was something kind of romantic about that loneliness in the first year, too. I was learning a lot about how to behave as a person outside of an actor. We learned how to be, I think, decent people on that show, too.”
The GQ piece includes more of his thoughts about Shameless’s decade-long run (he thinks it probably should have ended earlier) and how he prepared for The Bear by taking a crash course at a cooking school and then training under some real chefs. So… he used to be helpless in the kitchen, but now he cooks for his family, all because of this job. Hot. Anyway, he seems like a cool guy who figured out his sh-t. I had no idea he was married with two kids!
jeremy allen white as carmen "carmy" berzatto. that's it. that's the tweet. pic.twitter.com/XMAHCo8HdU
— z (@tomlette_greggs) July 5, 2022
I have moved on from men that look like Jeremy Allen White because I have self esteem, BUT—there really is something about his hands pic.twitter.com/M9DkIsHmm0
— Meech (@MediumSizeMeech) July 11, 2022
Photos courtesy of GQ.
I only watched it because of Jeremy Allen White, who I loved in Shameless and Bear is practically a continuation of his character. It’s a charming show but I’ve never watched any of the kitchen reality shows so I didn’t understand the big deal. Then I read the reviews in the New Yorker and Rollingstone, which can be easily Googled. I highly recommend.
JAW has been on my hot list for like 7 years. The broodiness, the curls, the eyes… homeboy can, like, get it.
He has been on my radar for years, but I finally find him old enough to have a crush on. Might add him to my laminated list.
I stuck with Shameless years after I should have because of this guy. He’s so hot and charismatic.
He was the best part of Shameless. Very hot.
I *LOVE* The Bear. It’s an insane mixture of humour, pathos and so gritty. If you’ve ever worked in a crazy italian (in Italy, in my case) family kitchen, this sheds some light on it. And he is absolutely perfect to play the character. I hope it gets taken up for a second season. It’s not just him, the whole cast is awesome, great diversity and have I mentioned the grittiness 🙂
Jeremy Allen White was the only reason I stuck with Shameless for so long, but eventually even he couldn’t keep me there.
The Bear is SO good, especially if you’ve worked in a restaurant at some point in your life.
I know I’m a day late and I really, really wish that work hadn’t been nuts yesterday so that I could have read this post and participated in the discussion on the right day, BUT. I feel strongly and want to Say Things.
I worked in restaurants for the first half of my adult life; waited/bartended, went to culinary school, cooked professionally for a number of years, then transitioned into FOH management for another decade-plus. (Now am entirely out of the life, with a 9-5 that I love, and I use my expensive culinary degree to cook for family and friends.) The Sexually Competent Dirtbag!! In my mid-20’s I had flings with two of them, motivated by self-loathing, after breaking up with my long-term boyfriend. It took a lot of therapy and personal growth to move on. It’s A Thing. I still have flashbacks and wonder “WHY???” and I’ve been married to a great, kind, responsible, smart, (well-groomed, suit-wearing, LMAO) guy who can barely make eggs for nearly two decades.
All of this to say, I’m 100% watching this, and will probably go have a smoke on the back dock (i.e. the pool deck after the kids go to bed) for old-time’s sake.
I don’t have Hulu I think it’s time for a free trial
ETA I spent the formative years of my life in restaurants and have thought many times of the movies I could write
I’m currently watching The Bear and it is really good and he’s good in it. It’s funny how discussion of his looks have swept the nation.
Competent dirtbag in a kitchen was my my exact interest in men from 16-21! It’s the isolation of weird hours, attractiveness of a guy who can do his job, and post work drinking at 3am. I loved him in Shameless but somehow missed this coming out, I’m putting it on tonight while I think of all the gross kitchen guys I hooked up with!
Lol I love this.
I just got an absolutely against-my-will mental montage of the competent dirtbags I wasted time on in my teens and early 20s waitressing through college.
Um, hello, Mister Attractive Face? I don’t know this guy but I’m going so to.
With those looks he would be fab in Bridgerton.
Wait… that’s Lip from Shameless? I didn’t recognize him!
Yeah, I married a kitchen guy (now former kitchen guy), so I’m into it.
I think people might have missed the fact that this was renewed for season 2. This GQ article is from early June and the show was renewed mid-July.
Heard about The Bear here. Binged. Love it. Love him.