Friday, December 16, 2011

CRUSHWORTHY: Nick Wechsler from "Revenge"

This year has blessed us with some seriously crushworthy guys. So to countdown the 25 days until Christmas, each day I'll put a spotlight on one actor we wish we could catch under the mistletoe. In this case, Santa rewards the naughty and nice.

{DAY 16} 
The Boy Next Door // Nick Wechsler
Last year, I spotted Wechsler on an episode of the since cancelled supernatural series "Past Life." It took a while for it to register that what raspily snarled before me was a grown up Kyle from "Roswell." I was astounded. There was a time when I found Wechsler to be the least attractive actor on a series (it went Brendan Fehr, Jason Behr, Colin Hanks, then Wechsler), and now he's the most—in my opinion anyway.

This year he was cast in ABC's hit melodrama "Revenge," playing the childhood crush/bff of the lead character, who's returned to her hometown to exact revenge on the people who framed her father for treason and damned her to the life of an orphaned outcast. His character has no idea that the girl he's been waiting for for the last 20 years is the new girl in town. And he's so desperate to have her back that he believes an imposter when she slithers into his life.

While Wechsler may still be playing second banana to the heartthrob, as his girl seduces her enemy's son, he's definitely The One this time. He's the only one who knows her for who she really is. He's the only one who can save her from herself. And he's the only one whose hands aren't mucked by greed or envy—for now. The series's opener suggested that the sweet, caring boy-next-door we've been seeing this entire season will one day murder his competition. Murderer or not, I look forward to the steamy scene of Amanda and Jack officially reuniting. A girl's gotta live vicariously.

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