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Buzz In: What TV/Movie Characters Did You Look Up To?


I don't think about her often anymore, but the news that Danica McKellar (aka. Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years) recently got married reminded me that once upon a time I wanted to be Winnie Cooper. At the time, I'm not even sure it had much to do with the character's personality — I think I just coveted her long, straight hair. But for whatever reason, I thought Winnie Cooper was totally rad. I was also slightly obsessed with Punky Brewster and wished I were as fun and fearless as she seemed to be (when I wore mismatching sneakers, it just looked like a sad mistake).

One of my other major "role models," of sorts, was Chris Parker (Elizabeth Shue) from Adventures in Babysitting. I think more than anything I wanted her to be my babysitter, but I also admired Chris and wanted to be like her — clever, pretty, able to improvise a blues song when need be — when I grew up.

What about you? What characters on TV and in the movies did you think were just the coolest?

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elinakit elinakit 8 years
i really like liz lemon from 30 rock cause she'a so girl next door ordinary and yet so interesting to watch. also i like bree hodge from desperate housewives and whilelmina slater from ugly betty because they are career who are willing to sacrifise everything for proffesional success although their motives or even their m.o. are not always tactful or kind they try to play the game as good as possible. this is why they earn both my respect and my vote! :)
emalove emalove 8 years
Oh, and in high school, I really related to Angela Chase from My So-Called Life.
emalove emalove 8 years
Oh, for me, it was definitely Punky Brewster! Soleil Moon Frye is around the same age as me, and I really thought she was the coolest girl ever. I think I dressed up as her for Halloween three years in a row back in the mid-80s. LOL.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I used to really like Xena as a kid, I mean really young. I didn't even get the lesbian undertones which seem so obvious when I rewatch the show now.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I know this is really embarrassing, but I wanted to be either Buttercup from the Powerpuff Girls or Misti from Pokemon :oops: I'll go hang my head in shame now...
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
Californiagirl..I wanted to be Belle too! I carried books around with me and read them as I walked... Sometimes I ran into things though. lol Also Buffy! and Kelly from SBTB.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
Kelly Kapowski.....she reminded me of my cousin (who was in high school when i was 6-7-8 yrs old) b/c they both did EVERYTHING, including head cheerleader and prom queen....seemed to have the ultimate high school life.
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
Topanga from Boy Meets World or DJ from Full House
briggs313 briggs313 8 years
I've been told I look like Winnie Cooper by lots of people so I'll go with her, I'm pretty sure every guy loved her and I love reaping the benefits!
syako syako 8 years
Stephanie Tanner. :rotfl:
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Abby, I thought of Alex P Keaton too. He had it all planned out, even though he was a little neurotic, he was smart, and going places. I loved Wonder Years, awesome show.
zeze zeze 8 years
I loved Belle and Jasmine! As for actual people-characters...Clarissa was awesome, Kelly from SBTB, Kitana from Mortal Kombat (weird, huh?), Topanga from Boy Meets World, ohh and I totally wanted powers like Alex Mack!
Fellora Fellora 8 years
lol californiagirl I wanted to be Belle too! I also wanted to be Kelly from Saved by the Bell and Buffy
kea718 kea718 8 years
Angela, from My So Called Life.... but that might be because of Jared Leto's character, Jordan Catalano... He was like my biggest TV character crush. :LOVE:
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 8 years
Alex P Keaton
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Yes Winnie Cooper!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Oooh Sloane peterson for me too! I thought she was the most beautiful girl in the world. Ferris was a lucky guy, huh? :)
lily_xx lily_xx 8 years
Great, now I have the "Babysitting Blues" song in my head. ;) Samantha Micelli. I thought Alyssa Milano was the bee's knees.
bethiesny bethiesny 8 years
I wanted to be Laura Ingalls so much when I was young! Also, a student at the School of the Arts on Fame.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I too wanted to be Clarissa. She was the coolest :). My brother and I would watch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies over and over too and I always wanted to be April. So it was pretty much destined that I would major in journalism :-P.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Well I always really liked Molly Ringwald, especially her character Samantha in Sixteen Candles. I thought she was really quirky and smart, and she got the most popular guy in high school by just being herself. I also liked Melissa Joan Hart, both in Clarissa Explains it All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She always seemed really cool. This is kinda embarassing, but I also liked Belle from Beauty and the Beast :) because she was pretty AND smart. I also liked the fact that she loved to read books and she fell in love with the Beast in spite of his outward appearance.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
Sidney Bristow and Buffy. I like girls who could kick butt.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
I wanted to be Sloane Peterson..plus I had a girl crush on Mia Sara. I just wanted to be brave enough to wear a leather fringe jacket and leather boots with shorts!!
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
This is going to sound TOTALLY lame, but once upon a time I was *obsessed* with Homeward Bound... and I wanted to be the character of Hope (the girl with the cat?)-- I loved her perfect red curly hair and her awkward facial expressions. I watched it with my eighth grade class just last week (long story) and reminisced of how awkwardly I attempted to use her lines [and line delivery] as part of my everyday conversations.
Advah Advah 8 years
I SO wanted to be Juliet Parish from "V". It's the only time I ever wished I had blonde hair.
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