Four Rising Stars
By Andrew C. Stone
Lovely, sexy, charming and incredibly accomplished, Swiss-born siren Katerina Graham has captivated The CW-watching masses with her portrayal of psychic Bonnie on producer- genius Kevin Williamson’s The Vampire Diaries, now entering its second season. When she’s not risking life and limb with well-coiffed bloodsuckers, this former backup dancer for Missy Elliot and Pharrell also nurtures a singing career (she’s toured with The Black Eyed Peas and sang on tracks for Will.i.am and Snoop Dogg). Get ready for Graham to also light up the silver screen in early 2011, starring opposite Leighton Meester and Cam Gigandet in the thriller The Roommate.
As dreamy as he is talented in his multiple TV roles, Reid Scott is way more than a pretty face. This upstate New York native cut his teeth as an actor in New York City on All My Children and in off-Broadway theater before hitting the Left Coast and showing up on hit shows such as CSI, That ’70s Show and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. These days, he’s on the fast track to leading-man status (watch out, Bradley Cooper), currently reprising his role on the fourth season of TBS’ My Boys as Chicago rock-DJ Brendan, and, best of all, starring as Laura Linney’s doctor on the new Showtime comedy The Big C.
Few actors boast a finer TV pedigree than Jason Ritter, son of actress Nancy Morgan and the late, great John Ritter. Blessed with his dad’s winning smile, infectious warmth and charisma, Ritter has submitted strong performances in films such as Happy Endings and Freddy vs. Jason, as well as TV series including The Class and Parenthood. Now he’s set to see his star go supernova as a lead in NBC’s The Event, this fall’s big-budget mystery series costarring Blair Underwood and Sarah Roemer. He plays Sean Walker, a young man whose life is essentially erased while he’s on vacation and whose fate is inextricably linked to a nasty government cover-up. The show promises explosions and high-tension twists and turns—we can’t wait for Ritter to entertain us through it all.
From her early days stealing scenes in films such as Traffic, Swimfan and The Perfect Score to strong turns in ABC’s drama series Six Degrees, Seattle-born powerhouse Erika Christensen has been a star since day one. But she also knows how to lend her talent to an ensemble, which is why executive producer Ron Howard’s NBC series, Parenthood—costarring Lauren Graham, Craig T. Nelson and Dax Shepard—suits her to a tee. As Julia, an overachieving mom married to the way-cute Joel, played by Sam Jaeger, Christensen deftly and comically tackles life’s everyday traumas. There’s no doubt she helps make this compulsively watchable show—now entering its second season—all the more addictive.
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