Guys, if you wish hard enough of something, you can have it. That’s the moral of this story. No, you can’t, sorry. Not unless you’re Ryan Lochte, clearly. Apparently, people are talking about Ryan making out with Carmen Electra at Bootsy Bellows in Hollywood earlier this week. Says a source — and you can almost hear the glee in their voice, “ They were in a booth together and he had his arm around her and they were kissing on the lips. At one point, they were standing up and kissing and everyone saw them. They did not leave together, and I am not sure if they will see each other again. But they have been tweeting and instagraming back and forth.” They totally have been. The picture you see above is one which Carmen tweeted, writing, “So nice to meet u. JEAH!!!” Ryan also instagrammed one of him holding her tight, writing, “Me and beautiful carmenelectra my biggest crush since childhood. Finally meeting her. #jeah” Why is this not just your regular old possible Hollywood hook-up. ‘Cause Ryan really did most possibly make out with the woman he’s crushed on since he was a kid. And she’s still super fine. He’s even talked about his hots for Carmen, telling the The Daily Buzz, “Growing up, I’ve always looked at Carmen Electra.” See, some dreams do come true.
When we included Ryan Lochte on our 10 Things We’d Like to Leave Behind In 2012, we were only referring to medal-winning, Speedo-filling, grill-sporting, 30 Rock-cameoing Ryan Lochte. We enjoyed that Ryan Lochte immensely! We just felt like we’d had enough of him. The part of us that selected him as #12 on our 12 Celebs Who Dominated 2012 list must have known something wonderful was a-brewin’. That something is an E! reality show entitled What Would Ryan Lochte Do? You know, like those bracelets that ask What Would Jesus Do? So, so great. We really underestimated this guy. Plus we’re finally going to find out exactly how many pools Ryan has peed in!
“How deep is the pool of Ryan Lochte? It turns out, very deep.” E! wisely asked today while announcing the new six-episode series. The show will follow Lochte in and out of the water as he trains for the 2016 Rio Olympics, as well as manages his fashion line, interacts with his friends and family and (be still our hearts!) spends his spare moments “looking for the right girl.” This man’s life could not be more perfectly-suited for a reality show. Plus you know there’s a cavernous warehouse already filled with Jeah! t-shirts somewhere. E! just saved themselves some money right there.
Naturally, we have all sorts of reservations about embracing the Miss Universe pageant and all it represents — Donald Trump runs it, it sets a bad example for little girls about beauty mattering more than brains, and all that stuff. But today we’re putting those aside, because we really feel OK embracing the newly crowned Olivia Culpo, who came up from the ranks of Miss Rhode Island and Miss USA, actually seems like a pretty cool girl … in addition to being drop-dead gorgeous in a bikini and an evening gown, of course, and maybe possibly winning the heart of one Mr. Ryan Lochte. Here’s our logic:
1) She’s the first Miss USA to earn the title since 1997 and the first Miss Rhode Island to win it ever. We think New England deserves some good news this week.
2) She’s a music geek. She’s played the cello since age 6, performed at Carnegie Hall with a youth orchestra at age 12, and went to the same music camp (Brevard, in North Carolina) as some of our own friends. Watch her play a bit here.
3) Miss Rhode Island was the Boston University student’s first-ever pageant, and she entered it wearing a dress she rented for $20 on Rent the Runway.
4) She’s not fancy. She told Shape that her biggest craving during the Miss USA contest was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
5) She believes transgender women deserve to compete in the contest too. “I feel like in America, we all have the right to be happy and the right to live freely, so that’s how I stand on it,” she told BU Today. “It all goes back to the foundation of this country and freedom of choice.”
So, congrats, girl! We fully encourage you to celebrate your victory with a certain Olympic gold medalist soon — just ’cause we’d love to see those photos.
Sure, we loved McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Usain Bolt and plenty of other stellar athletes (and memes) at the 2012 London Olympics, but when it came time to choose our 12 Celebrities Who Dominated 2012, one name stood out in our minds: Ryan Lochte. He gave so much to the world this year: spectacular views of his carefully shaved chest, gold medals, amazingly obvious quotes and even a brand-new word — Jeah! The 28-year-old evolved from an athlete/Gilette spokesmodel into a pop-culture phenom before our very eyes (and we were happy to look and look). The best part is, we don’t think this year will be the last we see of him!
Dominating Moment: It’s a toss-up — was it when he kicked off his London 2012 run with a gold in the 400m individual medley or when he raced Prince Harry in a pool in Vegas? Maybe it was that time Seth MacFarlane made fun of him on SNL? That’s when you really know you’ve made it.
Dominating on Twitter: With 1,015,049 followers, Lochte quite consistently retweets his fans, comments on sports, posts adorable pics of his nephews and throws in entertaining exchanges, like a recent convo with Serena Williams. Read more…
Jeah! We were just sent a link to this new PSA starring Olympic hotties Ryan Lochte and Connor Dwyer. And since we would never keep something so visually stimulating to ourselves, we’re sharing it with you.
In the PSA, Ryan and Connor make a great case for why we should support Water for People, an organization that aims to provide safe drinking water in developing countries. Now, we love to feel all warm and fuzzy inside after supporting a good cause, but we can’t help but think they’d receive millions more in donations if Ryan and Connor were shirtless. Seriously, the entire time we watched the video we thought, “This is the part where they take their shirts off, right?” And it never happened. Talk about a charitable buzzkill. This way, all we could think about was their painfully stiff line-reading.
But we will forgive the swimming twosome, because they’re supporting a good cause. But if they ever star in a PSA for eczema, there better not be a shirt in sight.
Ryan Lochte already owned a tiny, horny piece of our heart after blowing up at the 2012 Olympics. Now we love him even more for being a real sport about Seth MacFarlane’s highly unflattering impression of him on SNL this weekend. “Well I gotta admit that was a pretty harsh one, but it’s cool to have Seth parody me,” Ryan admitted to Celebuzz. “I think he pegged me wrong, but when I heard he did a skit I knew I was in for it!” If it sounds like Ryan isn’t exactly thrilled with the impression, check out the Family Guy creator’s Lochte steez after the jump. Who would be excited about being portrayed as a drooling, mumbly jock with baby bangs? If we were Ryan, we’d never leave the pool! You know, so no one could see our tears?
Maybe it’s all those OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS that make Ryan a bigger person than we. “It’s all in fun and of course if I’m talked about on SNL I know they are gonna get me ‘Go-od,’” Ryan joked. Overall, Lochte declared, “I give Seth two swims!” Oh man, that’s like a thousand thumbs up! On a related note, why do they give all the good lines on Animal Hospital to the monkey? That doesn’t seem particularly fair…
We’re still not sure if Ryan Lochte is actually dating Miss USA Olivia Culpo or if the two are just enjoying each other’s company enormously during New York Fashion Week. What we do know, thanks to an interview with E! and another VH1 News’ Janell Snowden, is that she seems like his ideal woman.
“I want a girl that can actually take care of herself that’s not always looking for me to take care of them, they can hold their own,” he told VH1. “And if a girl can make me laugh and smile, because that’s what life is all about is just having fun, so if a girl can do that to me, I’m sold.”
And you may recall that his words to E! about Olivia included mentions of her “great sense of humor” and how impressed he was that she won Miss USA after just a year of participating in pageants. It’s meant to be!
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Meanwhile, after seeing Ryan out and about at the shows all week long, sporting various forms of subdued, casual menswear, we wonder what fashion item gives him the most confidence when he heads out into the world. One of those great leather jackets he’s been wearing? That grill? His Speedo? Nope. “My watch,” he told Janell, showing off his blingy Breitling. “I designed this. I got it custom-made with black diamonds.” And how much does that bit of confidence set you back? “About 60 grand.”
Olivia, if you ever want a break from making Ryan laugh, we’re next in line. Here’s a closer look at that watch: Read more…
Since Ryan Lochte is planning to launch his own fashion line soon, it makes sense that he’s all over the runway shows of New York Fashion Week. But now we’re kind of wondering how much he’s actually studying the fashion and how much he’s studying the ladies near him in the front row. But that’s his job too now, right? His antics with Prince Harry practically proved he’s ready to be American royalty, and thus we are obsessed with matching him up. How fitting, then, that the latest object of his attention appears to be Miss USA herself, Olivia Culpo. The pair were first spotted together last week, at a show for Evening Sherri Hill, and later that night at 1Oak. “We just met last week, so I can’t say anything for that, but he’s a good guy,” she told reporters.
But Ryan was even more effusive about the beauty queen when E! caught up with him yesterday, when he was again snapped in the front row with Olivia. “She is beautiful. I love hanging out with her. She has a great sense of humor, she makes me laugh, she’s just a good girl to hang out with,” he said. “She was telling me yesterday that she had never done a pageant until like a year ago, and now she’s Miss USA. She’s got something.”
Wow, those were a lot of words coming from the notoriously brief interviewee, which means either he’s getting better at this, or he’s in loooove.
And in other news, he made some great faces with Tyra Banks…
It’s grillz gone wild these days in Hollywood! We thought it was over back in ’06, but lately the teeth bling thing has been making a comeback in a huge way. We blame Ryan Lochte, who famously accepted his Olympic medals wearing an American flag-inspired grill on the stand. Just last night Rihanna stepped out to dinner wearing some metallic vampire fangs and crazy purple lipstick. Sure we’re used to seeing some extra gleam in Flavor Flav and Lil Wayne’s smiles, but that’s not all. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and even Jessica Simpson have experimented with the bold look over the years. Yes, grills aren’t just for badasses and Bond villains anymore, but they’ll still probably give you trouble at a medal detector. We wish they’d been in the 90s, because it would have totally made our braces years a lot more bearable! Oh well. Head on down to the gallery below to see 20 stars who’ve been rocking the gold in their teeth!
We don’t mean to make any sort of accusations here, but if we didn’t know better, we’d think Live! With Kelly and Michael was purposely giving Ryan Lochte difficult strip trivia questions this morning to make him take his shirt off! And that would be…wrong? Yeah, okay, that would be morally wrong! The Olympic swimmer stopped by Live! to hype his new workout DVD, both with his words and with the body he was quickly made to unveil in front of the studio audience…and the rest of the world. Okay, upon repeated viewings we guess the strip trivia questions weren’t entirely impossible. Ryan did guess that the Titanic was the first ship to have a heated pool. On the other hand…how many other famous ships are there? Want us to wait while you come up with a list of boat names? See, that’s exactly the kind of question they might have asked Ryan Lochte!
Then Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa sent Ryan plummeting into the dunk tank, which we’re totally okay with. The dunk tank is the great equalizer; there can be no bias in dunking. We also love how Kelly couldn’t help but emphatically point out how dripping wet Ryan was. His eyes are up there, Kelly! Though to paraphrase Legally Blonde, the nipples are the eyes of the torso…