“she’s beautiful but not vain. she’s smart but not arrogant. it’s like, all killer, no filler.”
Every man, deep down in his psyche, has a detailed vision of the perfect woman—a fully three-dimensional unicorn of his imagination—which has grown and evolved and pranced through his dreams from his awkward teen years until the present day. Maybe she’s beautiful. Maybe she’s strong. Maybe she’s funny. Maybe she’s all of the above. Maybe she’s a manic-pixie-dream-girl like Natalie Portman in Garden State or Penelope Cruz in Vanilla Sky. Maybe she’s an untouchable apparition such as Taylor Swift or Emily Ratajkowski. Whatever the case, she’s different for everyone. A friend of mine called me during former acting Attorney General Sally Yates’s Senate hearing, in May, to say, “She is the perfect woman. She should run for president. I know it’s probably wrong to say, but I am fairly certain that I’m deeply in love.”
A-List leading men are no different. They have their ideas perfection, as well. We know this not only because they’re men, too, but also because we’ve scoured their recent interviews and compiled their specific dream-girl descriptions right here. We’ve included everyone from the Chrises currently dominating Hollywood—you know, Pratt, Evans, Hemsworth, Pine—to major pop stars to globally famous athletes. Lin-Manuel Miranda imagines someone “beautiful but not vain.” Dwayne Johnson says “you’ve got to laugh at my jokes.” Harry Styles? Well, he really digs “ambition” in a woman.
1. Matthew McConaughey
“My ideal woman is beautiful and confident and comfortable with herself. Some women focus too much on the physical. In LA a lot of women have perfect breasts or bottoms or faces but they’re not necessarily comfortable in themselves. But being beautiful and having nothing going on inside won’t do at all. My interest in airheads would wane after about an hour.”