More on BBC’s North & South: I LOVE how this blogger calls RA “a character actor trapped in a leading man’s body,” since I thought the SAME thing! -EMMA

Wow, who’s THAT guy!?

Aaron Tveit as Enjolras in Les Miserables (2012)

Aaron Tveit in Les Miserables (2012)

You may have seen American actor Aaron Tveit (b. 1983) in the newest Les Mis film, acting and singing alongside young Brit, Eddie Redmayne, and Australian (superstar) Hugh Jackman.  He plays Enjolras, the serious-minded leader of the student group dedicated to making political change in France.  He is close friends with Marius (Redmayne), the student who falls instantly in love with Cosette (Amanda Seyfried, another American).  Aaron’s singing voice is very strong (in my opinion) and he handled the role very well.   Not sure if those curls are his real hair, but they look great!  The songs sounded very natural coming from him.

Marius, I don’t doubt you mean it well…  Who cares about your lonely soul…  we strive toward a larger goal.  Our little lives don’t count at all!

Mariska Hargitay, Danny Pino, and Aaron on SVU

With Mariska Hargitay & Danny Pino in Season 13, Episode 2 (Personal Fouls) of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

I first noticed Aaron on a recent ep of SVU.  He played a former promising HS b-ball player turned junkie who was a catalyst for bringing down a pedophile coach who preyed on many boys over the course of his career (reminiscent of that notorious case in Pittsburgh).  It was a very compelling episode, in part b/c of Aaron’s performance.  (Sidenote: Seyfried appeared in an episode of SVU back in 2004.) 

Aaron as Enjolras and Eddie Redmayne as Marius

With Redmayne in Les Mis

The young revolutionaries in Les Mis

The young student revolutionaries in Les Mis

Aaron has appeared in the theater (including Broadway) and had notable guest spots on a few TV series.  He auditioned (along with a huge crowd of young actors) for the role of Finn on Glee.  You can find out more on Aaron’s IMDB page.

Some fans met RA at The Hobbit premiere in Wellington!  Happy Friday!  -EMMA

Me + Richard Armitage

Below, a report from Anna, one of the red carpet attendees in Wellington, of her experiences that evening:

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I am one of a group of 7 who traveled to Wellington from around the world to attend the Wellington premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Most of us had never met in person before, but knew each other from various online sources — some of us tweet, others are AA or C19 forum participants. At our core were two ladies who are friends in real life, who organized tireless, and, in my case, encouraged me to come out of my shell a little.

I never expected to be someone who, in the prime of my life, would stand with friends alongside a red carpet. But I never realized how much fun it would be.

Nor had I appreciated all the consequences of wearing a t-shirt which had this…

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