Krysten Ritter and James Van Der Beek
James Van Der Beek is getting good at playing James Van Der Beek.
After spending a few years out of the limelight (and debatably in the "has-been" category), the Dawson's Creek star began his comeback in 2011 by capitalizing on his character's signature ugly cry. A year later, Van Der Beek is back at it, playing a smarmy yet extremely charming caricature of himself on ABC's Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23.
"We run with it," Van Der Beek tells TVGuide.com "Fake me goes on fake Dancing with the Stars. There's a sex tape me and Chloe (Krysten Ritter) make that gets released."
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Bret Easton Ellis
Is TV ready for Bret Easton Ellis? Ever since the 1985 release of his best-selling tale of L.A. youth-gone-amoral, Less Than Zero, young Hollywood — including television faves like James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder and Austin Nichols — have populated the feature-film adaptations of Ellis' edgy, unsettling novels. Now, with the 25-years-in-the-waiting publication of the engrossing Zero sequel, Imperial Bedrooms, Ellis is gearing up to take on the small screen. If a certain cable network has the guts, that is...
On the CW's breakout hit The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder plays a nearly 170-year-old man who — perhaps unwittingly — became a vampire as a teen. Though the actor's luck has been indisputably better than that of his character, Damon Salvatore, both have had the same response to the twists in their lives: outright glee.
For Damon, that giddiness manifests itself in the smirky, wanton torment of the people who surround him. In Somerhalder, fortunately, it takes a more gracious form.
"Right now, where I am, doing what I'm doing, it's exactly where I want to be," he says.
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As Vampire Diaries wraps up its first season (Thursday at 9/8c), look to learn...