Wadsworth aims to be ‘vir­tu­ous’

Ben­jamin Wadsworth in first lead role in Deadly Class de­but­ing Wed­nes­day on Space

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Ben­jamin Wadsworth is only

19, but he al­ready has firm ideas about what he doesn’t want to do as an ac­tor.

“I re­ally just dis­like play­ing the boy-next-door char­ac­ter,” he says in a phone in­ter­view. “I find it mun­dane and bor­ing.”

Lucky for him the char­ac­ter he plays in the new TV se­ries Deadly Class is any­thing but. De­but­ing Wed­nes­day at

10 p.m. on Space, the show is based on the comic-book se­ries of the same name, about a teenager re­cruited into a pri­vate school in which the stu­dents are train­ing to be as­sas­sins. Teen angst takes on a whole new mean­ing when the bul­lies spe­cial­ize in mor­tal com­bat. The part of Mar­cus Lopez, a home­less or­phan un­til he joins King’s Do­min­ion, sees Wadsworth in a new Ac­tors Michel Du­val and Ben­jamin Wadsworth star as Chico and Mar­cus in Deadly Class.

po­si­tion for him: the lead.

“This is my big­gest role,” says the Hous­ton, Texas-born ac­tor, who played Iggy in the com­edy web se­ries Dad vs. Lad and ap­peared in Teen Wolf.

The pres­sure of be­ing the star was “a bit over­whelm­ing”

at first but also very ex­cit­ing, and “when we got to it I could han­dle it, and the ex­cite­ment stayed.” For some Cana­dian TV view­ers, Erin Karpluk will for­ever be known as the young woman com­ing to terms with her­self with the help of an un­con­ven­tional ther­a­pist in the com­edy-drama Be­ing Erica.

In the new Fam­ily Chan­nel se­ries Holly Hob­bie (which airs Satur­days and Sun­days), Karpluk is the one of­fer­ing guid­ance as the mother of the lead WWW.THES­TAR.COM

char­ac­ter, 13-year-old Holly.

It’s part of the evo­lu­tion of her ca­reer, she said in a phone in­ter­view. “I’m get­ting older as an ac­tress,” said Karpluk, who’s 40. “I’m tak­ing on more ma­ture roles.”

It’s also her first role in a pro­gram geared to­ward chil­dren and tweens.

“A lot of my friends have kids,” she said. “I re­ally was ex­cited about be­ing able to show all my friends’ chil­dren some­thing I was proud of that they could ac­tu­ally watch.”

Be­ing Erica star a mom in Holly Hob­bie

Erin Karpluk as Kather­ine Hob­bie and Ruby Jay as Holly Hob­bie in the new Fam­ily Chan­nel se­ries.

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