Molly Tarlov, Tyler Posey Practice Their VMA Red-Carpet Smiles

One of the things that clearly differentiates celebrities from mere humans: the ability to smile without really smiling, a look which gives stars a certain air of smug serenity (unless you’re my grandma, in which case you think they look like they’re embarrassed about their teeth). And it’s a hard trick to pull off…as “Awkward” and “Teen Wolf” stars Molly Tarlov and Tyler Posey learned when they tried to practice their most composed-but-pleased faces for tonight’s Video Music Awards.

“I want to work on perfecting the non-smile look,” Molly confessed, though her ambitions were met with skepticism by Tyler.

“I always smile,” he countered, saying the non-smile look doesn’t do it for him. “I don’t like that. I feel like that’s weird.”

To which Molly replied that maybe it is, but she still feels like she should be able to do it, at which point both actors offered up their own version of a perfect red-carpet game face: Molly with a sultry smirk and Tyler with a big, cheesy grin.

“Do we both look good doing it?” asked Molly, after.

Personally, we think these two cuties can make any face they like and still be fabulously photogenic. But with a few hours left before the pre-show festivities begin at 7/8 C, you might be able to sway Molly’s approach…so leave your preference in the comments, and don’t forget to tune in tonight to see which face strategy she picks!

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards are set to go live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. But before it all goes down, don’t miss our “Jersey Shore” special “Gym, Tan, Look Back” at 6 p.m. and our pre-show with Demi Lovato at 7 p.m.! And head over to to vote on Best New Artist and Most Share-Worthy Video!

What do you think is the best approach for camera-ready stars on the red carpet: big grin or little almost-smile?