In honor of Julia Stiles’ 35th birthday, a poem inspired by the same one that her character in 10 Things I Hate About You, Kat Stratford, read out loud to a classroom of half-asleep students including her cinematic ex-boyfriend-but-not-for-much-longer, Patrick Verona:
I love the way you embraced 90s tank tops and did that two piece skinny bang thing with your hair.
I love that you “still maintain that he kicked himself in the balls.”
I love it when you glare.
I love that you’ve been in three Shakespeare adaptations, not including your movie with Freddie Prinze, Junior.
I love you as a ballerina in Save the Last Dance where you were a late fashion bloomer.
I love it, I love the way you flashed the 10 Things detention teacher.
I love, in Save the Last Dance, when you try to say, “Slammin.'”
I love that you’ve been in a lot of other stuff besides your 90s hits, and that you never tried to make a show called “Style with Stiles” happen.
I love it that you were kind of moody because it made me feel like I could be, too.
But mostly I love the way that you were the ultimate Man Repeller; a 90s beacon of “you do you.”