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"It was the best script I've ever read," recalled Van Der Beek. "I wanted to be a part of it as soon as I read it. It was the complete opposite of what I do the other nine months of the year" — which is lending his good-natured grin, consoling eyes and chiseled chin to one of the WB network's most popular shows. His face has become synonymous with his character, a small-town dreamer who plays it safe. In "Rules," Van Der Beek's face contorts into an evil grin or twists into a wickedly detached stare.

 A Scene From "The Rules of Attraction"
It's the type of risk-taking career move that has made many young actors' careers (Johnny Depp comes to mind) but broken many more (Corey Haim anyone?). So surely there was a manager, an agent or a publicist amongst Van Der Beek's Hollywood handlers who urged him not to do the movie, right?

"If there were, I just wouldn't even listen to them," Van Der Beek insisted. "They know me, so they knew that this was [the type of movie] that I never get asked [to do]. So I just go, 'Guys, I have to do this. This is what I'm doing.' "

"James has a hell of a job here," Somerhalder observed. "I mean look at it. He set out to do something and he did it.

"And about the stuff that we did together," he continued, referring to their onscreen bisexuality, "we knew it was an opportunity to do something that had never been done before. And we talked about it and laughed about it and just, I think, capitalized on the moment."

 "Plus Ian's so damn pretty anyway."
"We did it in one take, and it lasted like less than 10 seconds," Van Der Beek said. "And that was it. It was pretty painless. Plus Ian's so damn pretty anyway."

Though Somerhalder and Van Der Beek locked lips, it's not the only way they've connected.


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