Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series has sold millions of copies, and has generated an astounding cross-over following. Recently it was reported that the series was optioned for television by Lionsgate, and the world rejoiced! But—what actors will best portray the Crossfire drama onscreen? Well, we've got some suggestions right here.
In Bared to You, the first book of the series, we meet Eva Trammell, a feisty, hardworking ad assistant and Gideon Cross, a young alpha billionaire who wants to make Eva his. They are both victims of sexual abuse, and despite their baggage, they strive to make a healthy relationship work. There are a lot of supporting players in the series, and they influence the (in)sanity of Gideon and Eva.
The Main Players
Known for: Arrow on the CW
The internets have decided that Henry Cavill is the perfect Gideon. He definitely has the look, and even Sylvia Day said that she would be thrilled to have him (or Ian Somerhalder). But it seems it would be smart to avoid the turmoil of the FSoG casting debacle, and introduce an alternative to Henry and Ian since there will actually be a Crossfire series and I’m willing to bet that Henry will be too busy being Superman to sign on. Enter Stephen Amell.
Gideon is rich, sexy, alpha, athletic, disciplined, aristocratic, and did I mention sexy? He can be cold, calculating, and aloof, but when he meets Eva, all of his inner discipline flies out the window—and is there anything hotter than seeing a man who never loses control lose it over you?
Stephen looks fantastic in a suit and he looks phenomenal outside of one. He knows how to play a billionaire playboy or a stone cold disciplined man, since he is already doing that on Arrow. The man is hot and as Gideon, he can bring the sexy intensity that the role (and Eva) deserves. He is Ace personified.
Known For: Spy Kids, Machete Kills
A few years back, Sylvia Day said that Scarlett Johannson would make a great Eva, because she has curves and knows how to use them. I think that Alexa Vega would make a fantastic Eva; they have a lot in common:
Eva is feisty, has curves that won’t stop, and has lived a lot of life. Alexa is a curvy but petite former child star all grown up—and has lived a lot of life herself, as proved with a recent divorce. Eva’s father is Latino and her mother is a beautiful blonde bombshell. Alexa’s father is Latino and her mother is a former model (also blonde!)
Eva has been through a lot, and she is finally at a good, calm place in her life when Gideon Cross shows up in her life and begins to pursue her. She loves her new job, loves living with her best friend, Cary, and eventually loves Gideon Cross. Alexa brings a hot, sexy fierceness to Eva that would translate seamlessly from book to screen. Give her some contacts, and she is the perfect Angel.
Known For: Magic Mike, Beastly
Cary Taylor is Eva’s best friend and the other dark haired man in her life. They bonded in group therapy together as teens, and have been inseparable ever since. Cary is bi, and for him that means he needs men and women in his life. Finding lovers isn’t a problem; Cary is beautiful and is a model with a rapidly rising career. Lovers may come and go, but no one gets between him and his baby girl Eva.
As a former model, Alex Pettyfer is used to dealing with fluid sexuality, and in Magic Mike we found out he definitely isn’t shy about experimenting. Alex is beautiful and talented and would do Cary justice—as well as make a lot of women and men happy in the process.
Known For: Touch, A History of Violence
Monica Stanton grew up with money, and needs money to feel secure. She has three marriages under her belt, but before she got there, a young Monica met Victor Reyes. Theirs was a short and apparently fiery relationship; she walked away from him to get more security, but he wouldn’t let her completely keep him out of Eva’s life. Monica is a little unhinged, okay, a lot unhinged, and still manages to wrap men around her finger. She desperately wants Eva to be safe—despite the fact that she is an adult, Monica still feels guilty for things that happened to a preteen Eva on Monica’s watch.
Maria Bello is beautiful and brings some serious acting chops to the table. She has gone up against Viggo Mortensen (talk about your alpha yum) and Kiefer Sutherland (another one I wouldn’t kick out of bed) so she can handle herself as Monica Stanton of the many last names. Maria Bello also has the duality needed in playing a slightly crazy but it’s eccentric when you have money/single mom with the skill to bag a rich man (or three.)
Known For: La Bamba, Caprica
Victor Reyes is still a bachelor after all these years. We don’t know much about his relationship with Monica Stanton, but whatever happened, he has unconditional love for his daughter Eva. They speak on the phone weekly, and as a cop, he is sharp and quick-traits he has tried to pass on to Eva.
Esai Morales has been around (and good looking) for a long time. We know that Victor keeps himself in shape, and it looks like Esai does, too. In his younger years, Esai played bad boys, but as he got older, he moved over to the right side of the law and is currently in a recurring role as a section chief in Criminal Minds. Victor was a young man from the wrong side of the tracks that wanted to make it work with rich young socialite, but she left him. I think Esai is a perfect fit.
Known For: Night Court, Deception
Richard Stanton is a powerful man with lots of money and connections, but he is an enabler when it comes to his wife Monica. He aids and abets in all of her foolishness and over the top behavior because at the end of the day, he wants her by his side, and he will use all of his resources to keep her happy. For his Monica, money is helps him make her feel secure, and he will use to pay for a ridiculously expensive condo in Manhattan for Eva and Cary, or pay off the world to keep the secret shame of Monica and Eva’s lives from getting out.
John Larroquette is a pro, and I don’t think I have ever seen him out of a suit. He has the cunning to play a big-time millionaire and in his older age, the softness to play a man dedicated to his wife, by any means necessary.
Known For: The Matrix franchise, Shoot 'Em Up
Elizabeth Vidal seems like a woman with a similar background to Monica Stanton; she came from money and married into money. Her marriage to Gideon’s father ended in scandal when he committed suicide after swindling investors out of millions of dollars. She rebounded with the handsome and rich Christopher Vidal, and had 2 more children, Christopher, Jr. and Ireland. She is estranged from her oldest son Gideon because she didn’t believe his claims of abuse.
Monica Bellucci is ridiculously beautiful—a perfect fit, as we know that Gideon gets his dark features from his mother. Monica has had a successful Hollywood career, but is better known in her native Italy. She brings a cultured, sultry appeal to Elizabeth, who has some hard edges as well. This picture is from May 2013. Can you believe she is almost 50? Eat your hearts out, “real housewives”.
Christopher Vidal, Sr.
Known For: Underworld series, Defiance
Christopher Vidal, Sr. is a record mogul with an incredibly beautiful wife, a troubled step-son, an evil son, and a sullen teen daughter. He is dedicated to family, and truly loves Gideon—he laments that Gideon isn’t around more often, as it would make his wife incredibly happy. He is in partnership with Gideon—technically, Gideon owns controlling interest in Vidal Records—but he doesn’t seem to begrudge him that. Jr., on the other hand does. A lot.
Tony Curran is an accomplished actor with a long resume; rarely do i see him in contemporary clothing. I would love to. Or out of clothes. That works, too.
Christopher Vidal, Jr.
Known For: The Host, The White Queen
Christopher Vidal, Jr. is eaten up with jealousy over his brother Gideon. We find out in the book exactly how much he dislikes his brother, and the lengths he would go to in order to betray him. Somewhere in that grinchy little heart, he does have love for his little sister, Ireland, so...that’s something.
Max Irons is hot, but reminds us enough of his father Jeremy to have inherited some of that villainous flair. The Vidal Records picnic scene? I want to see Max Irons do that, stat!
Known For: Victorious
Ireland Vidal grew up in the shadow of the music industry, so she has a lot of random musical knowledge. She also idolizes her oldest brother, Gideon, but is probably closer to her second oldest brother, Christopher. She knows they don’t get along, but she wishes they would.
Elizabeth Gillies is knows how to play a teen; she played one on Nickelodeon during her teen years. With her background in music, she could nail this.
Known For: Steel Magnolias (2012), Tyler Perry everything
Mark Garrity is Eva’s very sweet boss. He is handsome, smart, and according to Gideon, very lucky that he is gay.
Lance is hot, seemingly sweet, and apparently straight, but his experience in the drama-filled Tyler Perry universe tells me he shouldn’t have a problem playing gay.
Known For: The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, The Social Network
Megumi is a happy-go-lucky front desk admin with whom Eva gets close. She has a small part, but Megumi steals all of the scenes she is in!
If you have seen Brenda Song as David Rosen’s assistant on Scandal, you know she is a scene stealer. This one is a no-brainer!
Known For: House, Cloverfield (as Odette Yustman)
Magdalene Perez is biding her time, waiting for Gideon to seal the deal on their relationship. He never sleeps with the women he actually dates, and Mags has been on his arm at many events, knows Gideon inside and out, and is in love with him. She will do whatever it takes to get him, even if it is imitating his ex-girlfriend’s look or cutting down the new blonde competition.
Odette Annable is a beautiful actress who is no stranger to drama; she ran from aliens in Cloverfield and went toe-to-toe weekly with our favorite doctor on House. She can handle it.
Jessica Findlay Brown
Nationality: English, British
Known For: Downton Abbey
Corrine Giroux is the standard by which all of Gideon Cross’s lovers have been judged—-beautiful brunettes with long hair and international allure. Corrine is married and should be in France with her husband, but then she comes back...and Eva is not having it.
I don’t even have much to say about Jessica Findlay Brown except that, in this picture especially, she looks like her name is Corrine Giroux. Enough said.
Known For: Modeling
Steven Ellison is Mark Garrity’s longtime partner who owns a contracting business. He is described as a tall drink of water, ginger style. Seth Fornea doesn’t have any acting experience, but I think he fits the bill. He also didn’t have many pictures of him in clothes, so I didn’t even try. You’re welcome.
Known For: Glee
Trey is the male love interest of Cary Taylor. He is gay and has a hard time dealing with Cary’s bisexuality, but has fallen in love with him despite it. They met on a set—Trey was a photographer’s assistant to fund his true love, veterinary school.
Chris Colfer is a perfect match for this role—he is an out and proud actor and hot enough to catch Cary’s attention, but not too pretty; we don’t want Cary to get jealous.
Known For: Fuckery
Tatiana is the female love interest in Cary’s tangled web. Paz de la Huerta is too old, so I think this one is self explanatory.
Last But Not Least
Dr. Terrence Lucas
A true fantasy, I know, but what a PERFECT villain.
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Nicole Leapheart's alter ego is Miss Boxy Frown, and she posts book reviews and TV recaps at missboxyfrown.blogspot.com. She reads and watches everything from romance to sci-fi, but enjoys it even more if some smut is involved. And tattoos.