Boys of (almost) Spring: Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris

Posted on March 20, 2013

Because male stars never suffer under the frantic scrutiny that bedevils their female counterparts, we’re all about evening that out a bit. Unfortunately, because they’re not pressured to look good (or lent high-end items) like the female stars are, most paparazzi photos of male stars tend to be of the “leaving the gym” variety. This works out well for the boys, because they get to show off their bodies, look manly, and still get their pictures taken. It also tends to reinforce the gender norms of men being judged for their prowess and women being judged on how they present themselves. Ladystar paparazzi shot: window shopping or buying coffee, as if she was in a feminine hygiene product commercial. Boystar paparazzi shot: “Just had a KILLER quads workout, bro.”

Well, fuck that. We can’t change this site into one about women and their prowess, so we’ll do the next best thing: reduce the men to mere paper dolls, ready for our judgment.

Hugh? That’s your cue.


Hugh Jackman goes jogging in New York City.

First, he gets points for dressing weather-appropriate. He would have looked lame as hell wearing something skimpy in March NYC weather, so kudos to him for not going the shallow route. We love his hoodie. We also love his hair and beard. And sunglasses. And body. But you knew that.



Neil Patrick Harris leaves his gym in Los Angeles.

Oooooh, Mr. Harris gets points for fabulous accessorizing. Love your stewardess bag, NP! Looks like today was pecs day! Unfortunately, we’re taking points off for the flip-flops, which, as always, will be sure to send the queens and the warm-climate residers into conniption fits. Sorry, bitches. Flip-flops on a city street are gross. Can’t say the grey shirt and white shorts are doing much for his complexion, either. Next time go for a navy blue t-shirt, NP.

We’re going with Hugh on this one. Neil has the bag, but Hugh’s overall look would turn our heads on the street.



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  • random_poster

    *sigh* Can you feature pecs day shots more often, please?

  • gabbilevy

    I, for one, have no issue with flip flops on the street in LA. But Hugh does win, on pure awesomeness.

    • RebeccaKW

      My issue with these flip flops is that they don’t look like they fit. His toes appear to be ALMOST touching the ground. I don’t have an issue with flip flops (unless you are wearing them in the freezing cold/snow, which happens where I live), but at least wear ones that fit.

  • Compare this to that recent pic of Charlize Theron on her way to the gym and you’d have to say both are a bit lacking effort. Although totally appropriately dressed for the circumstances (but not the flipflops. Ghastly footwear).

  • jilly_d


  • MilaXX

    Hugh takes it for me as well. The flip flops on NPH don’t bother me quite as much as the moobs do.

    • Kristin McNamara

      Moobs?! Are you for serious?!? Homeboy is shirtless on HIMYM like, ALL the time, and trust me… he does NOT have moons. Pecs is more like it, as TLo said.

  • Hugh takes it for me. I want to snuggle up with that.
    But can we have a dance off to settle it for sure?

  • PastryGoddess


  • Geoff Dankert

    COMPLETELY agree re: flip-flops, which are not appropriate “public” footwear except on a beach or in a locker room shower. As for Hugh v NP … I might need to look at more pictures to make a decision. MANY more pictures.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    Turn my head on the street with Hugh’s look? More like restrain myself from tackling him to the ground and claiming him for myself. ;0)

  • l_c_ann


  • Mr Jackman is sex on a stick. Period.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Amen! Preach it, Kiltd!

      • And for me at least, of of his most important charms is that he seems to be a genuinely sweet natured man. Goes a LONG way for me.

        • Cz

          I love him. I wish he had a movie to poledance for all the time. He sang in so many of his interviews for Les Mis. *sigh* I love him.

    • j_anson

      If only he would wear some clingier workout gear. Yoga pants, perhaps.

    • NoGovernmentName

      The fact that he looks this good coming out of the gym is testament to his handsomeness. ::SWOON::

    • Dhammadina

      A work-out God.

  • GorgeousThings

    I. WANT. That. Bag!!!!

    • Seriously! Where can you get that bag? I can’t find it online.

      • GorgeousThings

        When I was at the Boeing Museum in Seattle last spring they had a bunch of Pan Am bags, but I don’t recall seeing that one.

  • acevedob

    Yes! Thank you guys for the TRUTH about flip flops. Flip flops are for walking around your house or being at the beach or the area between the parking lot and the beach. Who wants to see someone’s feet in the city? Yuck.

  • Hugh Jackman is very hot. NPH is a ladystar to me.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I have never found Hugh Jackman sexier than in here, sporting a “Gotham” hoodie. Nerd chic beats pecs workout for me anyday.

    • It’s not referring to that Gotham, but to Gotham Gym.

      • Pants_are_a_must

        Oh no! Way to crush my dreams, Jackman.

  • elemspbee

    NP? NPH?

  • theblondette

    As soon as “Hugh Jackman workout” came up on twitter I was here! It’s a shame he’s in a cold weather climate, no? *sigh*

  • I’ll take them BOTH, thankyouverymuch. Hugh because he’s just THAT hot, and NPH because I know he’d make an awesome BFF.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    It’s so funny not to see NPH in a suit! It’s his trademark (and a good trademark to have). Hugh Jackman needs to be naked in my bed.

  • Sobaika

    Hugh Jackman can get it.

    That’s all I have to contribute to this conversation.

  • VanessaDK

    Love how analytic and meta you guys are–now I know why you have such a big nerd-girl contingent among the bitter kittens! The book is going to be great!

  • Anniebet

    So Cal. Flip flops. Everywhere. Any time of the year. And we don’t take our shoes off inside the house either – very little rain or mud, no snow, no reason.

  • I seriously love you, TLo.

  • Hugh Jackman. Crackers in bed. No complaints.

  • Can’t wait for summer. the more moobs the better.

  • Flip flops in LA are part of the uniform. It’s normal and acceptable. Enough with your East Coast Snippery Jibber Jabber!

    Hugh looks delicious. Oh, I do love that man.

    • DeborahJozayt

      I used to wear flip flops all the time until I moved to the Northeast. Strangers up here will make nasty looks at your feet, even if I was wearing them for my job. No joke!

      • fursa_saida

        I am from Boston and I have legitimately never heard of this as a thing. People are happy to wander around in the Adidas gym sandals, honestly, what’s the difference?

        • DeborahJozayt

          I guess I got it mostly for wearing them at work, but I worked around water and clients would look at me like I wasn’t a professional because I didn’t wear shoes. Maybe that’s where it comes from.

          • Nelliebelle1197

            That is because unless you are a swimming coach, it IS unprofessional. It has nothing to do with region.

          • DeborahJozayt

            I was a dog groomer. Wearing shoes or even rain boots wasn’t an option for me because my feet would constantly get wet. Water wouldn’t drain in crocs, so flip flops it was.

    • another_laura

      This West Coaster loathes and despises flip-flops on the city street. Now, I’ll grant you, I was in NYC when flip-flops became a ubiquitous “fashion” statement and so may be bringing that to it, but I was born and raised in LA so also have that perspective. Gross. Gross!

      • capybara_cafe

        Another anti-flip-flop West Coaster here. I have a pair that I wear between the pedi chair and the car, and that’s IT. You may as well be barefoot. I’ve seen some girls take them off and have black soles, it’s so gross!

    • I live in Austin where there are more flip-flops per capita than any place other than maybe Key West. I’ve seen people wearing them even in the snow (yes, it does snow here occasionally). It’s just plain wrong.

  • Imasewsure

    Personally I love the flip flops because they are “real world LA” de rigeur footwear so it makes him seem “real” as well (and because he is probably going straight from the gym to valet parking so he gets a pass anyway)

  • siriuslover

    I don’t know, Hugh does look good, but kind of lumpy in all that gear (I get it, the weather), NPH’s pecs are just begging for us to be kind to him, dull grey shirt notwithstanding. I love them both.

  • Funkykatt

    Does Hugh wear that sweatshirt to make sure it’s known he’s in NY and CA and appropriate? He does know how to work it though.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      No he wears it for the free gym membership they give him for being photographed by the paparazzi in it.

  • Especially flip flops that are way too small!! The toes are hanging right off nearly to the ball of the foot.

  • Hugh Jackman. Got- DAYUM. Deborra-Lee WON.

    You’ll just have to be mad though- the line between “sandals” (which i guess are “okay”) and “flip flops” are negligible, IMO. You got your feet out either way, so I can’t be too upset. Just wash your feet like normal people when you get home.

  • Coco Cornejo

    Can’t believe you didn’t take NPH to task for the wrinkled white shorts. The shorts alone make up three fashion sins.

  • Alyssa

    Hugh FTW!

  • I hate flip-flops – period. Unless you’re literally on the beach or getting a pedicure, they’re annoying as hell. I hate that slap-slap noise on the street and against one’s feet.

    I like Hugh’s sunglasses. And NPH’s bag. But Hugh wins.

  • Live in So Cal for a year and then see if you change your stance on flip flops, that’s all I have to say.

    • I did, and I didn’t. -T.

      • Cz

        Ha! Hawai’i, maybe?

      • NoGovernmentName

        Me too, and no. Never. Won’t happen.

    • I live in New Orleans (it was 80 here last weekend), and I wouldn’t dream of wearing flip-flops unless pool-side or showering at the gym.

    • NO ONE should ever wear flip-flops. They’re terrible for the back. They certainly don’t show off a man’s legs at all. I could go on and on. And I live in the flip-flop capital of the world: Austin.

      • formerlyAnon

        You characterize the love Austinites seem to have for the flip-flop accurately.

  • ConnieBV

    FUCK YEAH TRIMMED NECK and I want that bag. That is all.

  • People in SoCal ONLY wear sandals. Every day.

  • anneland

    Why are flip flops gross but strappy high heels aren’t. They are flip flops elevated in back.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Hugh all the way!

  • That PanAm bag is to die for.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Hugh for the win with that sexy Wolverine beard and buff body!! YUM

  • kaycem

    so… do you recommend mandals as a warm-weather substitute for flip flops, or are flip flops more of a situational (beach, pool) option? if not mandals, then what — trainers all summer? now that you’ve forced me to think about it (thanks as always), i prefer one extreme or the other: flips or tennies.

  • fursa_saida

    Hugh Jackman wins, no question. I’m really struggling with a Marvel character wearing a DC-themed hoodie, but that’s a silly and immature response and therefore I am just going to put it on the internet.

  • I wish it were a full beard, but I do like the salt-and-pepper.

  • Mr. Jackman looks damn sexy today. As for NPH, I’m a Charleston, SC gal, and flip flops are nearly de reigur here, so I’m down for that.

  • hooray for a male celeb with facial hair…! Woof!

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    I might be the only one, but I feel that if they’re just running errands or going about town, let ’em wear what they want. I’m all for just leaving the stars and starlettes alone when they’re not working. However, on the red carpet, when they’re on T.V. or in Lindsey Lohan’s case – when in court are the places for them to dress up and be critiqued. (Not a criticism of you guys, just that I think the stars should wear what they want when they’re own they’re own.)

  • Alexandra Simons

    I agree on the flip-flops, and I hate the t-shirt and cargo pants look. I live in Houston and so many men wear this combo, sometimes accessorized by the always-fashionable backwards gimme cap. Many men have hideous feet.

  • I will always be your number one supporter in the anti-flip-flop parade.

  • I will forgive NPH his flip flips by pretending he’s headed to the spa, where he’ll emerge in full tux to continue about his fabulous life. Lesser beings will still require shoes.

  • crash1212

    Well, if one must wear flip flops (which I do not subscribe to and I live in California), one should at least make sure ones toes stay on the actual flip. Gross. Hugh FTW.

  • Both men are sexy, funny, and know their way around a show tune; it’s a win/win for mankind.

  • rolacus2

    Hugh Jackman could definitely work NPH’s look a hell of a lot better. <3

  • Monapily

    As someone raised and weaned in a warm climate (LA), I abhor flip flops unless they’re by the pool or beach. Otherwise, don’t nobody need to see your toe hair.

    And with socks? *_*

  • Zippypie

    If Hugh shaved his face fur, yum. I covet the Pan Am bag.

  • Trisha26

    NPH rules! (Although Hugh is to die…) Maybe our streets in LA are cleaner than NY’s? Everyone wears flip-flops – everyone – all the time.

  • Anathema_Device

    I’ll give NPH a pass on the flip flops b/c he is leaving the gym. I wear flip flops after I work out b/c my feet get hot and sweaty and I just want something to slip on as I leave.

  • formerlyAnon

    More than anything, this illustrates the eternal, never-to-be-bridged opinion gap on which city is [hipper/smarter/better/cooler/pick your adjective non-specific approbation].

  • mila_8

    I love the “celebrity jogging” pics when he’s obviously just walking. At most wogging. Killer wogging outfit though!

  • Being an Aussie, NPH’s thongs (our term for flip flops) are perfectly normal to me. Though I have to agree that Hugh is more cuddly looking in this (also because I like Hugh’s sunglasses more than NPH’s).

  • Two words: hiking sandals. I have two pairs of them. I have climbed mountains in them with no problem whatsoever. My feet are a good inch and a half off the ground, and just as cool as if I were wearing flip-flops. They also don’t make that annoying sound. They’re basically necessary in the South, because shoes during the summer are GROSS.

  • Cathy S

    Hugh for the win!

  • unbornfawn

    I just want the Pan Am bag.