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15 Future Stars Who Appeared on MTV’s Undressed

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Way back in July 1999, music video giant MTV premiered a brand new scripted show (when scripted series on the cable network were still something of a novelty) known by the tantalizing title Undressed. The show boldly and blatantly focused on the sex lives of the MTV demographic sweet spot—teens to young twentysomethings—and didn’t balk at being raunchy and wild in nearly every way imaginable.

Over the course of six seasons, Undressed ran for a staggering 222 episodes. Thanks to both that admirably long run and an anthology style that begged for a revolving door of cast members, the MTV series boasts a cast list filled with plenty of impressive names that went on to much bigger things. Undressed turns 15 years old on July 26, so in celebration, here are some stars who popped up on the seminal show—one for each year.

1. Max Greenfield

Before the sarcastic star of New Girl brought his straight-laced Schmidt charms to the Fox sitcom, he co-starred on the very first season of Undressed. Greenfield appeared in three episodes of the series’ inaugural season, playing newbie college student Victor, a regular guy who gets tangled up in some outsized hijinks when he’s mistaken for his fraternity-pledging roommate (yes, the storyline definitely involves nudity, a laundry room, and some foreign underwear).

2. Christina Hendricks

Long before Mad Men was even a glimmer in creator Matthew Weiner’s eye, breakout star Hendricks got her start on the small screen in four episodes of MTV’s series. Hendricks was a season one star that appeared in four episodes as Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac connections unclear), a nice girl who gets tangled up with an aspiring rapper.

3. Pedro Pascal

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You may know him as Game of Thrones fan favorite Oberyn Martell (aka the Red Viper), but it turns out that Pascal showed up on your television set entire years before his swaggering alter-ego tore things up (including your heart) on this season of the HBO hit. Pascal was also a season one star of Undressed, when he starred in three episodes as Greg, a fresh-faced teen who (like everybody else on the show) was interested in indulging his burgeoning sexuality.

4. Chad Michael Murray

Despite a rich television resume, Murray only appeared in a single episode of Undressed. His Dan showed up in the show’s second season, during an episode that focused on an “underwear party,” pretty much the perfect setting for any and all Undressed eps.

5. Katee Sackhoff

Another star who went on to big-time television success, Battlestar Galactica’s very own Starbuck toplined four episodes of the second season of Undressed back in 2000. As Annie, Sackhoff played a brunette college student attempting to navigate her way through a blossoming relationship with the mercurial Jim, who blames a bevy of his issues on his wheelchair.

6. Adam Brody

The O.C. star appeared in three episodes of the series’ third season (which steamed up the summer of 2000) as Lucas, a guy hellbent on not being called anyone’s “boyfriend.”

7. Brandon Routh

The guy who would be Superman (at least for a little bit) also showed up in Undressed’s third season. Routh played Wade for four episodes, a nice little arc that allowed his true colors to steadily shine through (Wade liked to act like a good guy, but Wade was not a good guy).

8. Jason Ritter

Undressed’s third season was rife with dark-haired dudes who would go on to become recognizable names. Ritter appeared as Allan, a guy with zero interest in sticking to the rules of dating. (That doesn’t work out so well for him—what a shock!)

9. Taran Killam

Yes, Undressed even landed a Saturday Night Live star (Killam might not have joined the cast of the classic sketch comedy show until a decade later, but we’ll take it). Killam showed up in the show’s fourth season as Blake, the horndog best pal of a nice guy just looking for love. As became a theme in the show, Blake’s seemingly obvious aims eventually blew up in his face.

10. Rachelle Lefevre

The former Twilight star (and current Under the Dome regular) appeared on the show’s final season as Annie (not to be confused with Sackhoff’s Annie) for six whole episodes. Lefevere’s storyline was vintage Undressed—kind of salacious, a bit wild, and handled with more grace and honesty than we’ve come to expect from shows all about teen sex. Her Annie was a girl with a “secret” homosexual past that is steadily revealed during her arc, all building to a satisfying conclusion.

11. Marc Blucas

Before he joined up with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer crew, Blucas appeared on a single episode in Undressed’s first season as Billy.

12. Katie Aselton

Aselton has found success on both the small (The League) and big screen (she’s starred in a number of indie hits, and she’s also tried her hand at both writing and directing her own films) since her early years in Hollywood, when her career kicked off with a two-episode arc on Undressed. Aselton appeared in the series’ fifth season (back then, she went by Kathryn Aselton) as Kim, a girl struggling with how to tell her family about her sexuality.

13. Autumn Reeser

Look, another O.C. alum! Reeser also co-starred on Undressed’s fifth season, which was also her own first credited role. The actress played Erica, a lass who is afraid to tell her boyfriend Chris that she’s scared of sex.

14. Sarah Lancaster

The show’s first season really was a tinderbox of new talent, and the Chuck star was one of its shiniest talents. Lancaster appeared in 13 episodes of the 1999 season, where she riled up her little sister Tina by hitting on her boyfriend. Rude.

15. Michael Urie

Yet another television star whose first professional credit is an episode of Undressed, Urie appeared in the series’ sixth season for a single episode, where he was relegated to a strictly supporting role as Justin.

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Get Crazy With the Official Bob Ross Coloring Book
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If you watched Bob Ross's classic series The Joy of Painting for hours on end but didn’t come away a terribly capable artist, you can still enjoy replicating the amazing public television personality’s work. You can now pretend you’re painting along with the late, great PBS star using a brand-new adult coloring book based on his art.

The Bob Ross Coloring Book (Universe) is the first authorized coloring book based on Ross’s artistic archive. Ross, who would have turned 75 later this year, was all about giving his fans the confidence to pursue art even without extensive training. “There’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us,” the gentle genius said. So what better way to honor his memory than to relax with his coloring book?

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the Ross landscapes you can recreate, all while flipping through some of his best quotes and timeless tidbits of wisdom.

An black-and-white outline of a Bob ross painting of a mountain valley

A black-and-white outline of a Bob Ross painting shows a house nestled among trees.

A black-and-white outline of a Bob Ross painting shows a farm scene.

And remember, even if you color outside the lines, it’s still a work of art. As Ross said, “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”

You can find The Bob Ross Coloring Book for about $14 on Amazon. Oh, and if you need even more Ross in your life, there’s now a Bob Ross wall calendar, too.

All images courtesy of Rizzoli.

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8 Movies That Almost Starred Keanu Reeves
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He may not have the natural ease of Al Pacino, the classical training of Anthony Hopkins, the timeless cool of Jack Nicholson, or the raw versatility of Gary Oldman, but Keanu Reeves has been around long enough to have worked alongside each of those actors. Yet instead of Oscar nods, the actor whose first name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian has a handful of Razzie nominations.

While critical acclaim has mostly eluded Reeves during his 30-plus years in Hollywood, his movies have made nearly $2 billion at the box office. Whether because of his own choosiness or the decisions of studio powers-that-be, that tally could be much, much higher. To celebrate The Chosen One’s 53rd birthday, here are eight movies that almost starred Keanu Reeves.

1. X-MEN (2000)

In Hollywood’s version of the X-Men universe, Hugh Jackman is the definitive Wolverine. But Jackman himself was a last-minute replacement (for Dougray Scott) and other, bigger (in 2000) names were considered for the hirsute superhero—including Reeves. Ultimately, it was the studio that decided to go in a different direction, much to Reeves’ disappointment. “I always wanted to play Wolverine,” the actor told Moviefone in 2014. “But I didn't get that. And they have a great Wolverine now. I always wanted to play The Dark Knight. But I didn't get that one. They've had some great Batmans. So now I'm just enjoying them as an audience.”

2. PLATOON (1986)

For an action star, Reeves isn’t a huge fan of violence, which is why he passed on playing the lead in Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning Vietnam classic. “Keanu turned it down because of the violence,” Stone told Entertainment Weekly in 2011. “He didn’t want to do violence.”

3. THE FLY II (1989)

Few people would likely mistake Reeves for the son of Jeff Goldblum, but producers were anxious to see him play the next generation of Goldblum’s insectile role in the sequel to The Fly. But Reeves wasn’t having any of it. Why? Simple: “I didn't like the script,” he told Movieline in 1990.

4. SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL (1997)

Speaking of sequels (and bad scripts): Reeves was ready to reprise his role as Jack Traven in Jan de Bont’s second go at the series … then he read it. “When I was offered Speed 2, Jan came to Chicago and so did Sandra, and they said, ‘You’ve got to do this,’” Reeves recalled to The Telegraph. “And I said, 'I read the script and I can’t. It’s called Speed, and it’s on a cruise ship.” (He's got a point.)

Even when the studio dangled a $12 million paycheck in front of him, Reeves said no. “I told [William Mechanic, then-head of Fox], ‘If I do this film, I will not come back up. You guys will send me to the bottom of the ocean and I will not make it back up again.’ I really felt like I was fighting for my life.”

5. HEAT (1995)

Reeves’ refusal to cave on Speed 2 didn’t sit well in Hollywood circles. And it didn't help that he also passed on playing Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer’s role) in Michael Mann’s Heat in order to spend a month playing Hamlet at Canada’s Manitoba Theatre Centre. From that point on, Reeves told The Telegraph that it’s been a struggle for him to book any studio movies. “That’s a good old Hollywood story! That was a whole, 'Hey, kid, this is what happens in Hollywood: I said no to the number two and I never worked with the studio again!’”

6. BOWFINGER (1999)

By the time Frank Oz’s Bowfinger rolled around, Eddie Murphy was pretty much the go-to guy for any dual role part, but the movie wasn’t always intended to play that way. Steve Martin, who both starred in and wrote the movie, had actually penned the part of Kit Ramsey for Reeves (whom he had worked with a decade earlier in Parenthood).

“When Steve gave me the script for Bowfinger, it wasn't written for Eddie Murphy,” producer Brian Grazer explained. “It was written for a white action star. It was written for Keanu Reeves, literally. I said, 'Why does it have to be an action star?' He said, 'That's the joke.' I said: 'What if it were Eddie Murphy, and Eddie Murphy played two characters? That could be really funny.' He said: 'You know, that'd be great—that'd be brilliant. Let's do that.' He processed it in about a minute, and he made a creative sea change.”

7. WATCHMEN (2009)

A year before Zack Snyder’s Watchmen hit theaters, Reeves confirmed to MTV what many had speculated: that he had turned down the chance to play Dr. Manhattan in the highly anticipated adaptation. But it wasn’t because of lack of interest on Reeves’ part; it just “didn't work out.” Still, he made it as far as a set visit: “They were shooting in Vancouver while we were filming so I went over to the set to say, 'hi.' They showed me some stuff and it looks amazing! I can’t wait. It’s going to be so killer, man!”

8. TROPIC THUNDER (2008)

By the time Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder made its way into theaters in the summer of 2008, the meta-comedy had been more than a decade in the making. So it’s understandable that the final product veered from Stiller’s original plan for the film, which included Reeves playing the role of Tugg Speedman (Stiller’s eventual part). Initially, Stiller had planned to cast himself as smarmy agent Rick Peck (Matthew McConaughey picked up the slack).

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