The Chris Messina Effect

By Maggie Martin on October 30, 2013

You know him, and most likely love him, as Danny Castellano on The Mindy Project. What you didn’t know about Chris Messina is that he’s secretly in all of your favorite movies.

Chris Messina, The Chris Messina Effect

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 Exhibit A: Made Of Honor

If you are female or had a girlfriend on Valentine’s Day in 2008, I’m sure you saw the classic chick flick Made of Honor starring Patrick Dempsey. In this film he’s the friend of Dempsey who plays basketball with him, not a front runner, but still there and gorgeous as ever.

Exhibit B: Away We Go

I love this movie with John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph with all of my heart—it wasn’t until I re-watched it this year that I saw the face of the man who is literally hiding in the shadows of all of my favorite movies.

Exhibit C: Like Crazy

My roommate and I have respectively sobbed over this indie film a few (hundred) times on Netflix within the last year and, yet again, our good friend Chris plays a minor character adding another small piece of beauty to the already beautiful film.

Exhibit D: Celeste and Jesse Forever

Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg are the ultimate comedy power-couple in Messina’s newer supporting film role. I just watched this summer and exclaimed, “Chris Messina is literally everywhere!”

Messina thrives in leading roles as well, like his movie The Giant Mechanical Man with The Office’s Jenna Fischer and in An Invisible Sign alongside Jessica Alba. Really, he is an almost underrated but obviously hardworking actor that deserves some more recognition. Chris Messina for Christian Grey 2013. Just kidding. Sort of.

I am a sophomore at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication, obsessed with all things arts and culture. If I'm not reading a book or watching reruns of Parks and Rec, I can be found playing at the Hawkeye Marching Band field.

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