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The Hottest 30 Celebrities In Their 30s

penelope cruz
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Forget the Leos and Angelinas; here's our list of the hottest celebs in their 30s.

Hollywood worships at the altar of youth but people, even really good-looking people, often don't hit their prime until their 30s. In your fourth decade you've grown past the self-consciousness of youth, learned from the mistakes in your 20s and know and appreciate yourself more than ever. To celebrate the sexiness that age 30 ushers in, we've compiled a list of the hottest 30 celebrities in their 30s. Be forewarned: You will not see the Angelinas and and Leos of the world on this list because, well, they're too obvious; you will see some of the smokingest thirtysomethings from sports, TV, stage and the silver and small screens. Enjoy.

The Rock, 37
LoveStage: Starting over after an amicable divorce from Dany Garcia in 2008.
About: Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, born May 2, 1972, is tough enough to be a nine-time World Champion professional wrestler, and sensitive enough to play the lead in a kids cartoon (Planet 51). Part Samoan, part Black Nova Scotian (read: Canadian), Johnson is all kinds of handsome. He played college football for the University of Miami and has used his body, skill and expressive right eyebrow to put crossover doubts to rest. Need another reason to smell what The Rock is cookin'? He's also Samoan royalty.

Chelsea Handler, 34
LoveStage
: Taken; living with TV exec Ted Harbert.
About: Chelsea Handler, born February 25, 1975, is THE sexpot of comedy. While she's been performing stand-up since the mid-'90s, her meteoric rise to fame followed the publication of her memoirs, My Horizontal Life, and a collection of essays, Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. After a couple of close-but-not-quite forays into television, the brassy blond struck gold with her VH1 hit Chelsea Lately. The late-night laugh fest shows off the comedian's flirtiness, quick wit, sarcasm and, most importantly, ability to crack herself up. In a brilliant appeal-to-both-sides-of-the-aisle move, she graced the December 2009 cover of Playboy but kept her clothes on inside the mag. We'd drink vodka with her any day.

Michael C. Hall, 38
LoveStage
: Married to his Dexter co-star Jennifer Carpenter (who plays his sister on the show!).
About: Michael C. Hall, born February 1, 1971, is absolutely crush-worthy in his current role as the serial-killing title character in Showtime's Dexter. A blood-loving murderer is not your everyday crush, so from whence does our love spring? Is it Dexter's morality tight-rope act? His perfect mix of danger and protection? Hall's deep-set eyes? Perhaps it's his incredible talent: Hall previously played the conflicted, gay David Fisher in HBO's Six Feet Under. Whatever it is, Hall is scrumptious in his 30s, but we're fans for life.

Alyssa Milano, 36
LoveStage: Married to talent agent David Bugliari.
About: Alyssa Milano, born December 19, 1972, could have built a fan base on looks alone, but she's also a singer, actress and avid Dodgers fan. She writes a regular blog on the M.L.B. website, wrote a book about baseball and has a female-friendly sports apparel line. We fell in love with her in Who's The Boss? and she waltzed back into our life with Charmed. You will see her next in the ABC's Romantically Challenged. As you may recall, the sexy vegetarian dated Scott Wolf and Justin Timberlake, as well as several big-name baseball players. Though her beauty, talent and sports acumen make her seem like the perfect woman for some of the men in our lives, we want to be her best friend, too.

 
Shemar Moore, 39
LoveStage: Single and very private about his dating life. 
About: Shemar Moore, born April 20, 1970, is on the cusp of stardom. The former collegiate varsity baseball player turned talented actor is noted for his roles in films such as Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Motives. You may know him from The Young and the Restless (c'mon, we know you watch daytime soaps). More hottie credentials: Moore is bilingual; he grew up speaking Dutch and only began speaking English at around the age of five. The ab-ed up actor has dated both Toni Braxton and Halle Berry. You can currently catch Mr. Fine on CBS's Criminal Minds. Let the interrogations begin, officer. 

Thandie Newton, 37
LoveStage
: Married to English writer/director/producer Ol Parker.
About: Thandie Newton, born November 6, 1972, dazzled onscreen in blockbuster hits Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness and Run, Fatboy, Run; she even took a turn as Condoleezza Rice in W. Whether playing it soft and demure or tough as nails, we love her, which is why we're making room for 2012 in our fall movie schedules (she plays the president's daughter). And we're guessing that most guys wouldn't mind being short-sheeted by this notorious practical joker.

Ashton Kutcher, 31
LoveStage: Married to Demi Moore (but you already knew that).
About: Ashton Kutcher, born February 7, 1978, is not exactly your typical Midwestern boy, though he is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Despite being a strong advocate for trucker hats, there's more to this model/actor/producer/restaurateur/creative director than meets the eye. Ashton mastered his comic timing on That 70's Show and Punk'd, and put on his dramatic hat for The Butterfly Effect. You will see him next in the ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day. We're sure that APlusK (his Twitter handle) is going to keep the sexy coming, 140 characters at a time.

Leslie Mann, 37
LoveStage
: Married to director Judd Apatow.
About: Leslie Mann, born March 26, 1972, may be Mrs. Judd Apatow, but her husband's boys' club hasn't kept us from appreciating her acting skills and physical charms. Though she's been in some of Apatow's films, including Knocked Up, Funny People and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, trust us, her stardom is not solely the result of nepotism. Mann has comedy chops to spare, and Cable Guy costar Jim Carrey once remarked that she looks like Marlene Dietrich. She'll reunite with Carrey for the film I Love You Phillip Morris, scheduled for release in 2010. We'll never think of French toast in the same way again.

 
Russell Brand, 34
LoveStage
: Taken by (and enjoying public kisses with) Katy Perry.
About: Russell Brand, born June 4, 1975, is the type of guy you date for the express purpose of giving your father an ulcer. Known for years in the UK as a stand-up comedian and irrepressible prankster, he showed up on America's radar after appearing in Forgetting Sarah Marshall as Aldous Snow, the title character's unrestrained sexpert of a boyfriend. He's been appearing in the tabloids ever since, playing up his playboy persona and making us want to sneak out of the house and have an uncomfortable-for-everyone-else public make-out session.

Christina Hendricks, 34
LoveStage
: Married to actor Geoffrey Arend.
About: Christina Hendricks, born May 3, 1975, caught our attention (and really caught fanboys' eyes) with her role on cult hit Firefly, and proved herself as Joan Holloway in AMC's hit Mad Men. Along the way, she picked up a SAG award and dropped many jaws. She's single-handedly shown Hollywood that major curves are where it's at, and she dyes her blonde hair red—let's hear it for going against the grain. It's time to find a movie project for this comely lady, studios. Who does Joan Holloway have to sleep with to get ahead in this biz?

Nathan Fillion, 38
LoveStage
: Single!
About: Nathan Fillion, born March 27, 1971, is our fantasy boyfriend. Best known for his role as Captain Malcolm Reynolds in sci-fi hits Firefly and Serenity, he also collaborated with Joss Whedon on Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, after which we immediately rushed to our Netflix queues and added everything he's ever appeared in. We heart him, and we're not the only ones. He's been called out for his sexiness on numerous occasions, even popping up in People's 2007 Sexy Men issue. He currently plays Richard Castle in the ABC television series Castle. He made Entertainment Weekly's 50 Actors We'd Watching In Anything... and by anything we mean underpants.

Vera Farmiga, 36
LoveStage: Married to carpenter Renn Hawkey.
About: Vera Farmiga, born August 6, 1973, is the self-proclaimed "anti-Barbie" of Hollywood, and that's exactly why we love her. As the second-oldest child of Ukrainian immigrants, Farmiga didn't speak English until she was six years old, and is interested in everything from Ukrainian folk dancing to optometry—she'd have a great online dating profile. She played minor roles in The Manchurian Candidate and Running Scared, but her undeniable breakthrough pitted her with both Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon in The Departed. Her eclectic tastes cross over to her roles, too: Next, she'll be starring opposite George Clooney in the traveling dramedy Up In The Air. She has a standing invitation to play house with us in the anti-Barbie mansion.

Owain Yeoman, 31
LoveStage: Married to actress Lucy Davis.
About: Owain Yeoman, born July 2, 1978, sort of snuck up on us. After his film debut as Lysander in Troy, he flirted with obscurity, taking bit parts in such cult favorites as Beerfest, a movie whose comedic genius (is genius strong enough of a word?) overshadowed him. So it was a revelation when he began appearing as agent Wayne Rigsby in The Mentalist. It's tough to stand out next to the charming Simon Baker, but Yeoman's formidable presence and deliciously expressive eyes make us want to play the distressed victim to his protective CBI agent. Expect big things from this vegetarian beefcake in the near future.

Ziyi Zhang, 30
LoveStage
: Engaged to venture capitalist Vivi Nevo.
About: Ziyi Zhang, born February 9, 1979, is elegant, exquisite and has the ability to kick major booty. We only got a glimpse of this in her American debut, Rush Hour 2, but she stole the screen—and our hearts—with her turns in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and House of Flying Daggers. Her most recent films—Sophie's Revenge and The Founding of a Republic—weren't as huge stateside, so is it any surprise we're waiting with bated breath for her next flick? Meanwhile, rumors have been swirling around her complicated relationship with Israeli multi-millionaire and venture capitalist Vivi Nevo but, according to the pair, their plans for marriage are still on. It better be, for his sake.

Thierry Henry, 32
LoveStage:
Starting Over after divorcing English model Nicole Merry in December, 2008.
About: Thierry Henry, born August 17, 1977, is the luscious-lipped French footballer who plays for both the Spanish La Liga club, Barcelona, and the French national team. Not a sports fan? You're missing out. Henry is known for scoring points both on (he became France's top goal-scorer of all time in October, 2007) and off the field. With Becks playing as well, that's reason enough to tune into the World Cup next summer.

Lindsay Price, 33
LoveStage
: Starting Over after breaking up with Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother.
About: Lindsay Price, born December 6, 1976, has had a somewhat snake-bitten career thus far. After humble beginnings in soap operas such as All My Children, The Bold And The Beautiful and Beverly Hills 90210, she quickly became fantasy fodder with her starring role in the short-lived Lipstick Jungle. When that went off the air, she landed a main role as Joanna Frankel in Eastwick. Unfortunately, ABC has since decided to cancel the program, leaving this hottie on the market once again in both her career and love life. See her next in Lonely Street (we wish we were joking).

Matt Damon, 39
LoveStage
: Married to "civilian" Luciana Barroso.
About: Matt Damon, born October 8, 1970, is at the upper end of his 30s, but he's not slowing down anytime soon. You've seen him as an amnesiac spy, a Grimm brother, and a conjoined twin, among other memorable characters. Matt's winning smile, onscreen versatility and screenwriting finesse earn him major points in our little black book. You will next see him in the film Invictus, in theaters December 2009. Sorry, Ben Affleck, it looks like good Will Hunting was both the talented and the sexy one.

Penelope Cruz, 35
LoveStage
: Engaged to Javier Bardem, maybe. Also rumored to be four months pregnant with his child.
About: Penelope Cruz, born April 28, 1974, first bewitched us with her sexiness, sensuality and that seductive voice in 1999's All About My Mother. Since then, she's charmed us with roles in big-ticket films like Volver, Elegy and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She'll be appearing in the musical Nine this December, and will also make a cameo—as herself—in Sex and the City 2. We wouldn't want her to play anyone else.

Tom Brady, 32
LoveStage
: Married to Gisele Bundchen.
About: Tom Brady, born August 3, 1977, is either the handsomest man to ever quarterback or the quarterbackingest man to ever be handsome. Either way, the New England Patriot's signal caller has smashed records and won three Super Bowls in a thought-to-be-dynasty-free era of pro football. More so than even Austin Powers, men want to be him and women want to be with him. In addition to his gridiron exploits, the California native played himself on Entourage and had an appearance on SNL that was better than a number of shows starring professional performers. While Brady had a baby with actress Bridget Moynihan, he recently married and impregnated supermodel Gisele Bundchen (jealous?), and that's the way they became the Brady Bundch.

Joel McHale, 38
LoveStage
: Married to Sarah Williams for a Hollywood eternity: 13 years.
About: Joel McHale, born November 20, 1971 (in Rome, Italy), is one of the hottest commodities in comedy; he can say more with pursed lips and an eyebrow than most comedic actors can say with a 30-second diatribe. His sharp, snarky performance on The Soup was somehow completely affable and relatable, and he's finally gotten a primetime chance with NBC's very funny Community (ironically starring his deadpan antecedent Chevy Chase). If we could, we'd embarrass ourselves on reality TV just so he'd talk about us.

Sarah Chalke, 33
LoveStage: Engaged to entertainment lawyer Jamie Afifi.
About: Sarah Chalke, born August 27, 1976, plays the hilarious and strange Dr. Elliot Reid on Scrubs, and she nearly helped end the mystery on CBS's How I Met Your Mother. As the spunky blonde continues her work on the re-vamped Scrubs, she also contributes her voice to Disney's Prep & Landing. And on top of all this work, she has a baby due in late December. Fun fact: She was in Andy Samberg's The OC send-up The 'Bu. Though she only plays a doctor on TV, guys everywhere would like to check out her bedside manner.

Aishwarya Rai, 36
LoveStage: Married to actor Abhishek Bachchan.
About: Aishwarya Rai, born November 1, 1973, isn't called the Queen of Bollywood and the "world's most beautiful woman" for nothing. Besides enchanting audiences with her graceful manners and trademark blue-gray eyes, she has acted (and sung and danced) in over 40 Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and English-speaking films. You can catch her in English in The Last Legion and The Pink Panther 2 or try to follow the story in one of her Bollywood extravaganzas. We only ask that you not look directly at her, unless you want your face melted off.

Alexander Skarsgard, 33
LoveStage
: Single (or so he says).
About: Alexander Skarsgard, born August 25, 1976, is best known as the tough-guy vampire Eric on HBO's True Blood. He made a cameo in Zoolander, but the icy-eyed Northlander really grabbed U.S. audiences with his turn as Sgt. Colbert in the HBO Iraq war miniseries Generation Kill. Edward and co. can fight it out for second place: We've found the sexiest bloodsucker.

Jennifer Esposito, 36
LoveStage
: Engaged to tennis star Mark Philippoussis.
About: Jennifer Esposito, born April 11, 1973, first grabbed our attention in Michael J. Fox's Spin City. The beautiful and charming actress has played a number of love interests in film and TV, but her strongest performance to date came as a tough yet vulnerable policewoman in the ensemble hit Crash. She currently has a recurring role on the sitcom Samantha Who? and is rumored to have the lead in the forthcoming movie Since I Don't Have You. She and heartbreaker Bradley Cooper divorced in 2007. We've chosen to believe that her sexiness kicked off the vampire craze after her run in Dracula 2000.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, 32
LoveStage
: Taken with on-off squeeze Reena Hammer.
About: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, born July 27, 1977, is the embodiment of bad-boy appeal. The intense, otherworldly Rhys Meyers has a penchant for playing kings: He beat out 200 other actors for the titular role in 2005's Elvis, years before becoming Henry VIII on Showtime's The Tudors. You'll see him next in the big-screen dramas From Paris With Love and Shelter. Maybe Anne Boleyn didn't have it so bad...
 

Kristen Wiig, 36
LoveStage: Starting over from a recent divorce.
About: Kristen Wiig, born August 22, 1973, is the unquestionable darling of Saturday Night Live. Entertainment Weekly featured her on their list of the 25 Funniest Women in Hollywood, and after watching her play perennial one-upper Penelope on SNL, we can't disagree. Her deadpan delivery and mischievous smile make Kristen a fantastic addition to any cast. She'll get to step outside of the comedy realm in the murder film All Good Things, but will jump right back in as Tina Fey's sidekick in Date Night. The master of impressions (Have you seen her Kathie Lee?) has made a lasting one on any guy who likes to laugh.
 

Taye Diggs, 38
LoveStage
: Married to Idina Menzel.
About: Taye Diggs, born January 2, 1971 (as Scott L. Diggs) grabbed our attention when he helped Stella get her groove back in 1998, but the chiseled actor had already garnered critical love as a Broadway triple threat (singing, dancing and acting). His cut abs, perfect bone structure and sexy-dangerous voice (a second triple threat!) helped land him roles on ABC's Private Practice, Ally McBeal and the short-lived Day Break. He'll be appearing in the forthcoming season of Better Off Ted and in the feature film Family Wedding in 2010. So if you need acting, dancing, singing or a stomach to scrub a shirt on, holler at this hot-Taye.

Aisha Tyler, 39
LoveStage
: Married for 17 whole YEARS to Jeff Tietjens.
About: Aisha Tyler, born September 18, 1970, is one funny, sexy lady. The former host of Talk Soup is incredibly beautiful and (get this, fellas) loves both beer and video games. While Tyler continues to do plenty of guest spots on TV, including the much-anticipated FX cartoon Archer, she's mostly sticking with her first love, stand-up comedy (check out her hilarious Live At The Fillmore). Though her talk show pilot, The Aisha Tyler Show, didn't get picked up, it's only a matter of time before some studio exec has the goll-dern common sense to give her a show. Did we mention she smokes cigars? Paging Dr. Freud...
 

Jensen Ackles, 31
LoveStage
: Engaged to former costar Danneel Harris.
About: Jensen Ackles, born March 1, 1978, is one hunk of CW sci-fi man. He cut his acting teeth on Days Of Our Lives and Dawson's Creek, and broke out with his role as Jason Teague in Smallville. Fan and network love carried him to his own series, Supernatural, and into the hearts of millions. His broad shoulders, intensity and Texan good looks make him easy to obsess over. He got engaged to Danneel Harris after meeting her on the set of the movie Ten Inch Hero... and we're sure they were talking about the sandwich.

Misty May-Treanor, 32
LoveStage
: Married to major league baseball player Matt Treanor
About: Misty May-Treanor, born July 30, 1977, captured the Olympic beach volleyball gold in Athens and Beijing on the way to capturing our hearts. The casually tattooed queen of bump-set-spike has parlayed her sports success into the entertainment arena with appearances on Dancing With The Stars and Disney's The Wizards Of Waverly Place. Next up for May-Treanor? Getting healthy after rupturing an Achilles tendon. Is it fair to say we dig her?

What do you think of our list? Did we leave anyone off? Let us know in the comments.