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Buzz In: Which Actors Do You Associate With One Character?

It's been a few days, and I still haven't been able to get my head around the notion that Tristan Wilds from The Wire is joining the cast of the 90210 spinoff. I'm so used to seeing him as this hardened, tough little boy on the streets of Baltimore that it's going to be a challenge to see him among the glitz of posh Beverly Hills — and, to some extent, he's just always going to be Michael.

I can think of a lot of other actors who, like Wilds, so embodied their characters for me that I have a hard time changing the way I think of them. Will and Grace has been off the air for a couple of years now, and I still can't see Megan Mullally as anything but Karen Walker. When Gio pops up on Ugly Betty, it takes me a minute to remember why Freddy Rodriguez isn't in a funeral home a la his Six Feet Under character. And we all know that Jared Padalecki will always be Dean to me.

Felicity Huffman just talked to the Hollywood Reporter about this issue, saying that when you're on a weekly series, "You go into acting jail for a number of years afterwards because people are so tired of your face," and when you get offers, they're all similar to the roles you just played. This is probably the biggest problem on TV, where we can check in with characters weekly, but it can also happen with particularly memorable movie roles (just think of how many people immediately thought of "the lotion girl" from Silence of the Lambs when Brooke Smith joined Grey's Anatomy ). So tell me: Which actors will always just be a certain character to you?


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bethany21 bethany21 9 years
Buzz!!! Jared is Sam Winchester, not Dean! But both he and Jensen Ackles will always be the Winchester boys to me, and Patrick Dempsey will forever be referred to as "McDreamy" regardless of what he does with his career.
elanakat elanakat 9 years
i think ANY of the characters from FRIENDS...or Arrested Development...even Jason Bateman sometimes. Definitly when I see characters from The Office in other things its very wierd. Same goes with Gilmore Girl, and not JUST Dean. Its weird to see Lauren Graham not being Loralie or Milo on another show, and definitly alexis bledel as rory! Oh and I agree with the people who said That 70's Show and Harry Potter
supertramp supertramp 9 years
Topher Grace will always be Eric Foreman Mila Kuniz will always be Jackie Burkhart Ashton Kutcher will always be Michael Kelso Danny Masterson will always be Steven Hyde Laura Prepon will always be Donna Pincaoti Wilmer Valderama will always be Fez Don Stark will always be Bob Kurtwood Smith will always be Red I don't remember her name but she will always be Kitty Katie Holmes will always be Joey Joshua Jackson will always be Pacey James van der Beek will always be Dawson Michelle Williams will only be Jen to me on occasion Rachel Bilson will always be Summer Roberts Adam Brody will always be my fav character Seth Cohen
tiabia tiabia 9 years
Malcolm Jamal Warner will always be Theo Huxtable!!! Jasmine Guy will always be Whitley Gilbert and Khadeem Hardison will always be Dwayne Wayne!!! Oh and of course the cast of Saved By the Bell will never be able to shake those characters.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
I am old enough to always consider Neil Patrick Harris to be Doogie Howser. And yes, I am appropriately embarrassed by that.
xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 9 years
@colormesticky: Your so right.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
The Harry Potter kids will always be the Harry Potter kids.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 9 years
Jared Padalecki will always be Dean as well as Lauren Grahm will always be loreli(even in Bad Santa i was like NOOOOOOOO Loreli!!) Heck I think everyone from Gilmore Girls! Even the actress who played Sookie on Samantha Who Im like its Sookie!! Umm...Katie Holmes & Joshua Jackson will always be Joey & Pacey Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling :( Will always be Ally & Noah! The one im the worst with though is Eddie Cibrian back when i was in middle school & High School i would watch Sunset Beach (i know i know) and he played Cole...and ever since then he is always Cole wether he is in third watch or ugly Betty!
littlemissme littlemissme 9 years
All the Gilmore Girls characters will always be just them to me. I can't see Alexis as anyone else but Rory for example :)
bhilb bhilb 9 years
Kristen Bell is Veronica Mars to me
kdice kdice 9 years
I still refer to Milo V as "Jess," whether its on Heroes or in red carpet shots. He will always be Jess. Same with Rory. And I still want them to be together! Everyone on Arrested Development, too. Buster and Gob, and George Michael -- but mostly because Michael Cera seems to be so much like George Michael (in a good way!). I'd also like to throw out that in the future we'll never be able to see anything but Kenneth in that guy from 30 Rock. Some people are just too good at creating a character.
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
@popcorn you are SO right about jack bauer! When ever Keifer is in the news I always call him Jack! Like, "did you see that youTube clip where Jack Bauer tackles a christmas tree?" :P
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
Adam Baldwin! Every time I see him on Angel or Chuck I still call him Jayne from Firefly. :P
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 9 years
Oh man, all I could think when I saw Brooke Smith on Grey's Anatomy (and in In Her Shoes for that matter) was, last time I saw you, you were kidnapping the freak's dog and slathering lotion on yourself. So funny. It is really hard to get Adam and Rachel out of your head as Seth and Summer. And for that matter most of the people on that show.
Juiceee Juiceee 9 years
adam and rachel as seth and summer :)
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Smidge will always be Buffy to me.
swwonder swwonder 9 years
All the 6 Friends people, even Gunther not that I've seen him in anything, but if I did. And all the main people from The OC. I'm slowly coming round to Calista Flockhart not being Ally McBeal in Brothers and Sisters.
thehabra thehabra 9 years
I'll never be able to think of Jennifer Aniston as anyone but Rachel
TVjunkie TVjunkie 9 years
Kerri Russell and Scott Speedman will always be my Felicity and Ben. And Jason Dohring can never top Logan Echolls. Best character ever on television.
graylen graylen 9 years
McDreamy. He's just so great in that role. I want him to be Derek all the time!
Brittfish Brittfish 9 years
Neil Patrick Harris = Doogie Howser, M.D.
Allyace Allyace 9 years
I agree with all of the ones above...Friends, Gilmore Girls, etc. But I will add the cast of That 70s Show. No matter how many bad rom coms he does, Aston will always be Kelso.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Tom Cruise. I mean, Tom Cruise and Oprah. Or Oprah and Tom Cruise. Wait! Now I'm confused.
cottonpoots cottonpoots 9 years
All the characters from Full House. ♥
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Rodney Dangerfield. Caddyshack.
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