His smiling smirk sends heat down your spine and tints your cheeks in crimson. Jay Ellis is a hearthrob and I haven’t used that term since junior high school when I would scribble Leonardo DiCaprio’s name along with mine and “always and forever” all over my notebooks. But hearthrob is 100% appropriate for Jay Ellis–sexy star of BET’s “The Game,” amateur, yet amazing chef and Pilates instructor.
I’m sure Jay’s been many a women’s #MCM, including mine. So wouldn’t it be nice to know what he likes in a woman, if he’s reading your thirsty social media comments and what he would cook to seduce you? Well then you’ve come to the right place girl. Jay dished on all of those things and more in our exclusive interview that had me feeling like I was on a first date. Beauties, I’m in love and you will be too!
HelloBeautiful: What do you think about being a heartthrob?
Jay Ellis: I don’t know if I’ve ever thought about it. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever heard my name and heartthrob in the same sentence. I try to stay away from a lot of it. I’m out meeting people and they watch the show. But, I try to stay away from reading some of the comments and reading all of that stuff. I think I’m in my own little bubble hiding and I try not to think about it. It’s an honor, if you will. It’s really an amazing thing. I’m very happy that’s what people think.
HB: You never check out your Instagram comments or what your followers say to you?
JE: If you look through my Instagram, you’ll see the day I found out that I could reply to people. Literally, this just happened two weeks ago. I didn’t know you could comment back to people. I’ve had Instagram for two and a half years and I literally found out two weeks ago, I was in New York for upfronts and someone was like, “You never reply to my comments” and I was like, “I don’t know how to reply to your comments, I’m sorry.” I’ve started to reply back. It’s a fun interaction for sure.
I’ll say ‘thank you,’ or ‘good joke’ or ‘good nickname.’ I’ll get collages. I’ll have colleges where it’ll be Kira’s (Lauren London’s “The Game” character) body, but some other girl’s face. It would be a scene of me and Kira kissing and they’ll put their face in Lauren’s face. I’ll comment on stuff like that. I don’t get into the comments that much. I try to stay away from them, ya know?
HB: What do you love the most about women?
JE: I love how sensual women are. How strong women are. I love a sexy and proud, but confident sexy, like you just woke up and brushed your teeth. Simple, easy.
HB: What is your ideal celebrity crush?
HB: You love being in the kitchen. What is your best dish?
JE: When I was growing up, my parents went back and forth. It wasn’t ever in a negative way, but it was a competition to see who had the best meal of the week. It was one of those things where my mom would be like, “you like that, don’t you?” and my dad would be like, “Oh, ok, I got you.” He would do his thing. For whatever reason, I observed that behavior and soaked it in. So, I enjoyed being in the kitchen.
I would do a tiramisu for dessert. I would do a baked white fish. A little lemon, a little basil and then probably a little side spring salad with a homemade vinaigrette.
HB: What’s the one dish you stick with to keep it sexy for a date?
JE: I don’t know because I get in there [laughs]. One of my favorite things to do is the eggplant lasagna where you use the eggplant as the layers of the lasagna. It’s actually one of my favorites.
HB: What kind of boyfriend would you describe yourself as?
JE: Down for the cause. I’m loyal, attentive, for sure. One of the things is I am often pulled in many directions just because of work, so I would also say very busy.
HB: What is the best way for a woman to get your attention?
JE: I think to be simple, to be easy. So much of what I do is theatrics played on a screen, so for me, in real life, easy and simple always catches me. When a woman walks up to you and says, “it’s nice to meet you and then walks away,” I almost break my neck every single time. I’m like, “wait, wait, where are you going?” It’s something that’s so simple and confident and powerful and attractive and sexy and gets me every single time.
HB: What’s something surprising about you?
JE: I co-own a couple Pilates studios with a good friend of mine and part of us owning the machines means we have to be trained on how to use them and how to train. I am a certified Pilates instructor. I don’t get to teach that often. My studios are in Louisiana. We’re about to expand it over the summer. I don’t get to teach it that often because the studios are a bit away from me. I only get in maybe twice a year.
Check Out This Gallery Of Our Fave Man Crushes!
INSTADAILY: Swoon Over Our #ManCrushMonday!
1. We Can't Deny Our Love For These Men
After a relaxing weekend with friends and sleep, Mondays are hard, but let's thank social media for making it easier with #ManCrushMonday! From Idris Elba's chocolate skin to Justin Combs' young swag, enjoying this eye candy helps get through the week. Click on to see who we're eyeing this week and keep clicking to check out our past crushes.
2. Serge Ibaka
We're just gonna leave this right here.
3. Colin Kaepernick
We're totally here for his spread in the Fall issue of VMan magazine. He's the cover star, and honestly, we don't blame them for putting him on the cover. "Why fit in when you can stand out! @vman #IDontGetTired #WhoDoYouLove #Se7enPounds"
4. Larenz Tate
The cute actor may be on the USA series, "Rush," but you can follow him everyday on IG, where he posts funny memes, pictures with his cast and more! Follow him: http://bit.ly/1rTFp16
5. Chadwick Boseman
Who knew Chadwick Boseman was THIS fine out of character?! We look forward to seeing the "Get On Up" actor in more movies to come!
6. McKinley Freeman
The "Hit The Floor" actor is just as cute on the hit VH1 show as he is on Instagram and posts several pics that keeps us wanting more! "Shameless #teamderek #hitthefloor #mckinleyfreeman #whynot #hulklikeschickennuggets" Follow him: http://bit.ly/1rSkXem
7. David McIntosh
Ok, so a man who can look good WHILE he cooks for us? We'll take it! Get into model David McIntosh who's nothing short of sexy. Good lawd! "You can't see in the picture but there is shackle on my foot attached to the sink. As you can tell by the face I'm not here by choice! helpppppop a super hot, beautiful lady has kidnapped me 😭😭😭😭" Follow him: http://bit.ly/1qF9Whk
9. Jay Ellis
Even though this cutie is on "The Game," we still can't get enough of him now. You'll be swooning over his IG pics, beauties, trust us. Follow him: http://bit.ly/1j3n3A4
11. Don Benjamin
This handsome man laying down is none other than Don Benjamin, a model who was also a contest on "America's Next Top Model: Girls and Guys" edition. He didn't win the title, but he's a definite winner in our eyes. Follow him: http://bit.ly/1j09jdW
12. Harold House Moore
Even if you can't see this cutie's face in the picture, does it even matter? **sigh** He was on this season of "Single Ladies," but we first got whiff of him as an extra in Destiny's Child "Soldier" video. Yeah, we definitely want to see him in more roles. Follow him: http://bit.ly/RnfxdI
13. Serge Ibaka
The 24-year-old basketball player is Keri Hilson's boo, but we still can't stop looking at him. Stalk, er, follow him on Instagram if you're a basketball lover and want to find out how to play the game. **inserts sarcasm** Follow him: http://bit.ly/1r0EHcf
14. Channing Tatum
Even though he's a happily married man, Channing will always be one of our ultimate crushes. He's just too dreamy. Follow him: http://bit.ly/1kSUKeP
Usher can help us train any day. Follow him: http://bit.ly/MUmwrO
The crooner blesses us with his fineness on the big screen and in his music. Follow him: http://bit.ly/1eBgn0O
Are you asking us to the beach, Maxwell? Follow him: http://bit.ly/1gx77G0
This singer continues to make us soooooo anxious. Follow him: http://bit.ly/1eqHefy
20. Quincy Brown
Is Quincy smoldering? Mmmhhhmm. Follow him: http://bit.ly/1gx7dND
21. Justin Combs
Thank goodness Sean Combs' son is 21. Follow him: http://bit.ly/1hFct7h
22. Lance Gross
Even when he looks surprised, Lance serves chocolate goodness. Follow him: http://bit.ly/1kpyoii
23. Idris Elba
Do we really have to figure out what to write here? Follow him: http://bit.ly/1kSV2Cp
24. Michael B. Jordan
You really want to bite something, Michael? Follow him: http://bit.ly/1m2TiUe
25. Tyson Beckford
The model has been in the game for a long time, and he still knows what to post on IG to get ALL of us going. Follow him: http://bit.ly/Q7iE8s
The "Sure Thing" singer has talent, and a nice body, to boot. Follow him: http://bit.ly/1c1x0RR
He may be preparing for fatherhood, but Omarion still has time to workout. Mmmhhmmm. Follow him: http://bit.ly/1hOpwNS
We're not upset at Ashanti for reconsidering a relationship with the St. Louis rapper. We would, too. Follow him: http://bit.ly/1eqIdfN
29. Lenny Kravitz
Zoe's father and Lisa Bonet's ex is making sure we don't forget that he STILL has it. Follow him: http://bit.ly/1nmV42E
30. Mychal Kendricks
We have to admit that we only came across Mychal because of Rihanna, who shouted him out as her #MCM, but a brief scroll through his IG timeline confirms exactly what we thought: the NFL linebacker really is fine. Follow him: http://bit.ly/1t1cTIv