Okay, I gotta say a lot of these Tony posts are making me really sad? You guys, so much work goes into every show. To say that any of them “don’t deserve” awards is really mean. Every single show has such amazing thought and creativity and each is incredible in its own way. Please stop putting down one show because you want another to win. It’s disrespectful to so many writers, so many directors, actors, producers, techies, even fans, who hold these shows near and dear to their hearts. The Tonys are to recognize the talents and beauty of the incredible theatre we have on our beautiful Broadway stages right now, not to bash the ones we don’t like. Enjoy the beauty of theatre, okay?
Kicking this AU Weekend (more infos here) off early because I’ll go on a trip later today and won’t be back until Saturday evening, so most of my posts will have to wait until Sunday&Monday (yes, I’m counting Easter Monday as part of the weekend, sue me). So let’s just talk about my Topmodel!AU headcanon for a sec, shall we?
Not gonna lie, I came up with this ten minutes ago, so expect lots of incoherent rambling.
Alright, so. Tony is nineteen, just finished his master degree and determined to piss his father off as much as possible–a dangerous combination that ends with him signing up for the next topmodel casting instead of starting to work for SI like Howard wants. He didn’t really expect to make it through, he’s too short to be a model, damn it, and he really doesn’t appreciate Rhodey howling with laughter. But his father’s expression when he learns of it is so worth it.
And well, Tony is good with cameras, alright? He’s confident, knows how to put on a show, and suddenly those abilities aren’t just a necessity, they’re actually really helpful. He moves into a house with the other models (though having to give up his phone and being cut off from the internet is hell, seriously, how do regular people survive this?).
He makes friends with some of the other models, a pretty redhead named Pepper who walks in heels like she was born to be on the catwalk, the sharp-tongued Maria who doesn’t appear to be interested by anything–she doesn’t even blink when they get to shoot a short clip with famous actor Steve Rogers, Tony is convinced she’s secretly a cyborg–and Clint who, by virtue of being the only boy, immediately becomes Tony’s new best friend.
The judges can be harsh in their critic, but their trainer Bruce is an absolute sweetheart. Also the first time Natasha Romanov compliments Tony on the expressiveness in his photo shot is a world-altering experience.
Sometimes being locked into a house with so many people can be a bit much though. That’s when Tony sneaks into the kitchen at two AM, just to get some time for himself. Which is how he meets Bucky. Well, he doesn’t meet him that way, Bucky is a camera man on the crew after all, and he’s always around. But sharing a sandwich in the middle of the night is a different kind of knowing, okay?
There’s also the fact that Tony may or may not have a tiny little crush on the guy–Bucky is attractive and witty and has this super secret ability of stalking them all day with a camera and not making it weird, and also his abs, really, Tony’s never had a chance. So. There may be a bit of flirting involved in their midnight meets.
Which is not a problem, Tony flirts with everyone, it’s his thing. His bisexuality isn’t a secret either, in fact the fans are shipping ‘Clony’ very insistently. And though that’s just a terrible ship name–Tony tells the interviewer as much–he and Clint do like to play it up a little, just for fun. The problem is, Bucky isn’t shy about flirting back, and as it turns out, that’s something Tony’s brilliant brain can’t handle.
What also turns into a bit of a problem is that Tony isn’t exactly subtle, no matter how hard he tries to hide his crush. There’s a lot of blushing and stuttering involved for one, and that’s just plain awkward. Tony doesn’t blush, alright, especially not when someone calls him cute. He’s not cute. He’s hot. He’s handsome. But not cute. And the way Bucky smiles and nods at him indulgently isn’t fair at all.
Then, there’s the week eight incident. The sexy shoot. Yeah. Let’s just not talk about that. [Everyone is talking about it. Clint and Pepper refuse to shut up about it. And Tony knows he did well, that his photo was the best of that week, but it’s still embarrassing because he knows he was throwing that smoldering look straight at Bucky–and who had placed him behind their photographer, damn it–and it’s just weird.]
Maria leaves them at the end of week nine and Tony resolutely refuses to cry. It’s part of the show, he’s known that from the start, and it’s not like he’ll never see her again. Which is what he very insistently tells Bucky who just as insistently convinces Tony to drink the hot comfort chocolate he’s smuggled in from Starbucks.
“I can’t do this,” Tony tells him, stares sadly into his half-empty cup. “I’m not supposed to be a model, I can’t be a model, what am I even doing here?”
“Tony,“ Bucky interrupts the beginnings of his panic attack, voice serious. “I’ve seen you out there, you love being a model. You love being on that stage, you own it. Look, take it from someone who’s been filming at this show for three seasons, you’ve got talent. You’re improving every week. And it’s true that that’s not the only thing it takes, model business is tough. Not everyone can handle that, but I don’t have any doubts that you could.”
“You think so?” Tony asks and hates how hopeful he sounds. Because this was supposed to be joke, a way to annoy his father, he wasn’t supposed to care about this.
“I do,” Bucky nods, then smirks. “You’ve got the ‘bitch please’ attitude down already too.” To which Tony sniffs derisively. Somehow the night ends with both of them laughing, and when Tony returns to his room, Clint sends him a knowing look.
“You know what.”
“No I don’t.”
“Yes you really do.”
“Love you too.”
“You’re in love with him, aren’t you?” Rhodey asks two minutes after his arrival. Tony is too overwhelmed by his surprise visit to even bother denying it.
“Oh, Tony,” Rhodey sighs, pulls him into a hug, and Tony melts. He’s missed this, missed it so much. Clint is a great guy, but he refuses to cuddle Tony the way Rhodey does. To be fair, nobody cuddles Tony like Rhodey does but that shouldn’t stop his friends from trying. “Now, tell me about that almost-porno-photo shooting I keep hearing so much about.”
Tony squeaks in mortification.
Clint leaves them at the end of that week, and this time Tony does cry. He’d deny it but the bastard took pictures. Actually, who are we kidding, he still denies it.
Paradoxically, with the house becoming more and more empty, Tony ends up spending more and more time with Bucky. It felt crowded and overwhelming in the beginning, but now the silence is bothering him. He’s already dreading going back to his tiny little flat or worse, his parents’ mansion.
By now Tony’s crush on Bucky is common knowledge, basically. Pepper keeps making not at all subtle comments, the rest of the filming crew constantly hang around in hopes of catching the first kiss, there are jokes and knowing smirks–and Tony is getting sick of it all.
He gets it, alright? Bucky has shown no interest in him–isn’t even allowed to have interest in him–and really the man can’t be that obvious. Clearly is kindly sparing Tony the embarrassment of being rejected in front of an audience. Tony appreciates that. And he’s trying hard not to make things awkward, but he can’t help his feelings, so if everyone else could just cut it out, he’d really appreciate it.
In the end, Tony makes it into the top five. He’s got talent, Natasha and Fury of all people assure him off that, but he’s also had a bad week and his picture just wasn’t as good as those of the other participants. So, Tony packs his bags, says goodbye to everyone, resists the urge to kiss Bucky just for the fuck of it, and flies back home. He doesn’t cry. He’s too numb.
Not until he’s in the privacy of his own home at least, where the stress, the excitement, the weight of those last few incredible weeks finally catches up with him. It seems like such a waste suddenly, such an embarrassment, and god, he’s a failure, he’s never going to leave his apartment ever again.
He does. Rhodey makes sure of it. Makes sure to remind him that this is not in fact the end of the world because Rhodey is sadly a very rational person who’s far too used to Tony’s dramatics.
“You’re not gonna give up on something you want, Tony,” Rhodey tells him one night. “It’s not your style.”
He turns out to be right.
Tony doesn’t want to work for SI, not right now at least. Because he genuinely liked modelling, and he doesn’t- he wants to give this a shot. He’s young, he’s got lots of time to argue with boring, old board members later. He starts looking for shootings instead, takes a job here and there. Looks up a couple of offers he gets because of his surprising popularity on the show too. (He honestly didn’t expect so many people to follow him on Instagram, what the hell?)
By the time the live finals roll around, Tony is excited again. Excited to see the other models one last time, excited to walk on that stage one last time, just excited. There are a lot of hugs and tears at their reunion, lots of things to catch up on.
When Tony walks down the catwalk on the night of the finals, with all the other models who’ve been part of the show, he wears a beautiful, glittering, evening gown, murderously high heels and the worlds most brilliant smile–because Tony Stark never does things half-way. (Tony Stark never passes up an opportunity to give Howard an aneurysm.)
He asks Bucky out that night. Bucky gapes at him, blurts out, “Don’t you already have a boyfriend? That Rhodey guy?”, causes everyone in their vincity to groan in annoyance and disbelief.
“Seriously?” Pepper glares–and wow, that’s a terrifying sight. “I’ve watched the two of you pining after each other for three months, if you don’t kiss and make up right now I’m gonna stab you with my heels!”
And that is the story of how Clint got to twitter a picture of Tony’s and Bucky’s first kiss, hashtagged #IdbeheartbrokenifIdidntshipit #Sorryclonyfans.
falling in love with voice actors is literally 20x more dangerous than liking a regular actor
because a live action actor might have three or four roles that they’re really well known for that you really like but voice actors can voice literally 100 different characters and all of them could be your faves and you will literally watch an entire 100 episode anime so that you can go “ah yes it’s my baby crispin freeman voicing Unnamed Guard #3″
There was a
rather desperately thrown-together piece about the new casting on Victoria
Derbyshire this morning, and she read out the above quote. And I thought, well, yes, he was, but he was
created as an elderly male character as portrayed by William Hartnell. He certainly wasn’t created as the cosmic
hobo played by Patrick Troughton, or the kung-fu daredevil played by Jon
Pertwee – none of the Doctor’s subsequent portrayals fit the character’s
He wasn’t created
as a Time Lord – in the original concept document he’s human, and he’s not
revealed as a Time Lord until 1969, six years into the series.
created as someone who fights monsters – Sidney Newman, the show’s creator, was
emphatic that there would be “no bug-eyed monsters” and was appalled by the
Daleks. (He later admitted that he was
wrong, and that Verity Lambert – the first, female, producer of the show – was absolutely
right to put her foot down about them.)
even conceived as a hero – “anti-hero” is the stock phrase to describe the
First Doctor in his early episodes; he is selfish and even spiteful at times.
has thrived on change; if it had stuck rigidly to the format originally devised
for it, there is no way on Earth it would have lasted over half a century. The core of the Doctor is not anything that
was laid down at the start in 1963, but those aspects of his character that
have been honed and developed through so many writers, producers and actors –
he is brave, kind, clever and funny; never cruel or cowardly. Nothing that is vital to the Doctor will be
in any way eroded by “he” becoming “she”.
“I know that the agent I had at the time told me that if I did Heathers, I would never work again. It was so offensive. But I know so many actors with similar stories. I mean, thank god that River and Keanu did My Own Private Idaho (1991). Thank god that Johnny did Cry-Baby (1990)”
I can't believe there's not a Actor AU fic rec yet ! Everyone need this in their life 🙈 Have you by any chance read some? xxx
I can’t believe neither !! Thanks for asking !
The Brightest Lights: After watching yet another actor walk away with his Oscar,
Louis is on the lookout for the role of a lifetime that might finally
get him the one thing he has always wanted. He didn’t think coming out
of his self-proclaimed break to do another film would be all that
difficult, but that was before he met his new co-star. (70k)
sweet, where you lay
: Louis Tomlinson is a twenty-eight year old succesful actor
living in New York. Harry Styles is a twenty year old up and coming
model and coincidentally also the one who turns Louis’ world completely
upside down.or, Louis is Zachary Quinto and Harry is Miles McMillan. Falling in love was always in the cards for them. (27k)
Rise up like the sun
“I wasn’t taking a sneaky pic.” Louis blurted out, the guy stood at one of the urinals taking a piss. “You were.” The guy answered coolly. “I would’ve taken a pic with you if you’d just asked.” “No I didn’t want a pic with you.” The
guy turned his head, quirking his eyebrow sardonically. “No you’re far
too cool for that, you just wanted to violate my privacy.” (…) (34k)
Louis is an actor who needs to get away from the real world. He does the
only thing that he can and runs away, finding himself in a small town
where he happens upon Harry. What Louis doesn’t expect is to somehow
fall in love and end up having to face what he was running from all
Harry Wants The D (List)
: Louis is a D-List celebrity looking to make his big break.
Harry is a socialite looking to clean up his image. They come to a
mutually beneficial arrangement. (11k)
And this old world is a new world
: Louis works in a little coffee shop although he hates coffee
but what can you do when you’re pretty much living day by day trying to
ignore that dream of yours you’re too scared to pursue. And then Harry
enters the scene, or more precisely the coffee shop. He’s beautiful and
kind and funny and also famous and not in town for very, very long. But
that doesn’t keep Louis from maybe falling for him a bit and his friends
from randomly inviting him along to go golfing. (44k)
Play Me Like One of Your French Girls
: Louis is Hollywood’s ‘Bad Boy and Sometimes Darling’, and Harry
is the clumsy, endearingly attractive part-time cellist whose cello
gets upgraded to the seat next to his on the plane. They fall in love.Also featuring R&B Superstar Zayn Malik, Olympic Gold Medalist Liam Payne, and Masterchef Niall Horan. (26k)
- walk my days on a wire : Harry hums, staring at his hands in his lap, and Louis can
still feel their smoothness, how solid they were in between his own. “Do
you think it’s the same for us? Are we here only because of the
likeliness of our jobs? Of our lives?” “We’re here because we have
inventive managers,” Louis says, giving Harry’s leg a little nudge with
his knee, but all that’s going around in his head is, I think I’d be in the same spot in every possible universe. or, when actor Louis Tomlinson used to daydream about dating Harry Styles, this is not what he had in mind. (38k)
Off The Record : Louis is an out of control teen heartthrob, Harry is hired to get him
back on track and they both hate each other while they secretly don’t. (90k)
Whirlwind: AU. Acclaimed actor, Hollywood heartthrob, and Oscar nominee,
Harry Styles, seems to have the world at his feet, but seeks out an old
friend when he needs a date for his big night. (21k)
90 Day Return
: It was all supposed to be mutual promo. That’s it. A boyfriend for the winter - Louis can do this. (15k)
I’ve Been Wandering Round (But I Still Come Back to You)
: “Harry had always been beautiful, but lately he’d blossomed
into this tall, sexy, man and Louis was having trouble dealing with it.
And so, it seemed, were his hormones.” OR The one where
Louis and Harry are best friends and co-stars on a popular television
series and Louis inconveniently discovers he’s in love with him in the
middle of a press tour. (27k)
come on jump out at me
:Or, the one where actor louis tomlinson and one direction superstar
harry styles try to fake a sex tape to help harry get out of the closet
and they both get more than they bargained for. (28k)
:AU. Louis Tomlinson, actor and movie star, is wildly in love
with his boyfriend, supermodel Harry Styles. Their relationship is
lovely and unlike any Louis has ever had before, which makes the
surprise of Harry’s newest interest that much more intriguing. (12k)