For those keeping a list of who isn't
going to be playing the coveted role of Anakin Skywalker in the next Star Wars
prequel, you can count out Once and Again
cutie Shane West
. "I'm pretty positive I'm not doing it," he tells TV Guide Online.
"I met with the casting director (Robin Gurland) and just to show
you how it was, I was waiting outside to meet with her and someone was in
with her and the door opens and the guy comes out and it's [Whatever It
Takes co-star] Colin Hanks. It was, like, 'Great! Up against each other again!' "
Oh, who needs Star Wars when you've got a steady gig on Once and Again? West is actually pleased that the show hasn't propelled him into another teen-idol-come-lately. "When I get recognized it's usually by older men and older women. It's not Popular or Roswell or Dawson's Creek, and I like it that way. I like being on an hour drama that is garnering respect and has been nominated for awards. I don't want to get any grand illusions of what might happen if I start getting recognized all over the place. It's pretty scary."
In case you are obsessed with West and Once and Again, the actor offers a preview of the show's season finale. "All the families are meeting and they're writing practically everybody into the script, including the recurring characters. I do know [my character] Eli is going to be with the new girl in his life. I broke up with my girlfriend on the show but she's going to be on the final episode." Uh oh. May the Force be with him.