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Man Crush Mondays: 12 things to love about Idris Elba

Krissy Brady is a women’s health + lifestyle writer who’s so out of shape, it’s like she has the innards of an 80-year-old. Instead of learning how to crochet, she decided to turn her emotional baggage into a writing career (genius, no?)...

Idris Elba isn't just another handsome face (though his face is pretty rad)

He acts. He raps. He deejays. He produces. He directs. Now, he's one of the caped crusaders fighting against Ebola. Basically, there's nothing Idris Elba can't do — and he looks fabulous doing it. Here are 12 things you need to know about him (like, right now) that'll make you swoon over him even more. As if that's even possible.

1. Hey, Mr. Deejay

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At 14, Elba helped his uncle with his wedding deejay business, and within a year started his own deejay company with friends. By 19, he was working in nightclubs and is still in the biz under the names DJ Big Driis or Big Driis the Londoner. (Which means we need to book a party, stat.)

2. Before hitting it big, he did what he had to do to make ends meet

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Before his role on The Wire launched him into the stratosphere, Elba was a doorman at Carolines on Broadway and deejaying to pay the bills. (At one point early on in his career, he even lived in his car.)

3. He's one of those multi-talented specimens

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Not only is he an award-winning actor (he won a Golden Globe in 2012 for his role on Luther) and stellar deejay, but also a singer and rapper. His new album, Mi Mandela, drops Nov. 24.

4. He's a dad times two

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The doting dad has a daughter, Isan Elba, and now a son, Winston Elba, who was born on April 17. (Swoon.)

5. He's working on, like, 75 movies right now

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Kidding, but he does have quite a few films in the works, including A Hundred Streets, Bastille Day and Alive Alone.

6. Even so, he's not into the whole fame thing

#launchingpeople Watching you.

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He once told the Mirror he has the same friends from when he was a kid and that his life's about his family and what's best for them. On being famous: "I don't want to get into all of that... That isn't me, it just isn't." Which ironically, will make him even more famous. I mean, who doesn't love a guy who plays hard to get?

7. He's using his fame for good

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Elba, whose father is from Sierra Leone, has joined the fight against Ebola. Among other things, he's coordinating with the United Nations officials to work out specific ways he can help them stop the virus in its tracks.

8. His favorite Disney classic is The Jungle Book

Wifi Selfi. One bar.

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Which is a good thing, considering he's going to be the voice of Shere Khan in the Jon Favreau remake. (Say it with me now: "Awww!")

9. His favorite video games are FIFA and UFC

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Natch.

10. He photobombed Oprah's first selfie

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For real.

11. Not only did he star in Mumford and Sons' "Lover Of The Light" music vid, he directed it too

Video credit: YouTube/MumfordAndSonsVEVO

Let's take a moment to appreciate his fine... work.

12. He's beeeautiful

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But you knew that already.

Who do you think we should feature next? Tweet us about your latest man crush using the hashtag #ManCrushMondays.


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