Editor Showdown: Is Jamie Campbell Bower That Big of a Deal?

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It's our first Editor Showdown, guys! Every week, we'll be picking a topic that we, the editors of Teen.com, do not see eye to eye on. This time, we're debating… Jamie Campbell Bower! Personally, I (Kaitlin) think he's a wonderful human, while Teen's other editor (Amanda) doesn't see the appeal. Read why below, then tell us who you're siding with this time around. Is JCB that big of a deal? Let's delve…

Amanda, Editor: Um, not really. I for one, have not been able to get on the JCB train. I saw him in Harry Potter, I saw him in Twilight, but have yet to see him in The Mortal Instruments. That might be a big part of why I'm not quite his biggest fan, but I'm sure I'll get around to watching it eventually. Regardless, I feel like his turns as the aforementioned characters didn't really make me want to get to know him any better.

Now, let me add that I LOVE British actors. Theo James, Andrew Garfield, Sam Claflin — you name them, I love 'em. However, there's just a certain something about Jamie's type of "British" look. It's a little too alternative I guess you could say. But if that's what you're into, more power to you! It takes all kinds, ya know? And while he cleans up rather nicely, I feel like more often than not he looks like he hasn't slept in a few days. Or taken a shower for that matter. Also, am I the only one who thinks it's weird he deleted his Twitter for like, a day? What's up with that?

I don't know, maybe a viewing of TMI will change my opinion, but for the time being, I just feel like there are other British fellas we should be praising. Not that JCB doesn't deserve any, I would just prefer to focus my energy on someone else.

Kaitlin, Associate Editor: In one word: ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY! While I can somewhat understand why people don't see the fascination with Jamie Campbell Bower after only watching him portray Caius in The Twilight Saga (since he was kinda creepster what with those vampiric red eyes and all), I don't understand what people don't see in him after they've witnessed his skills in other projects.

After hearing him sing in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, as well as his original tunes (like "Better Man," OMG), then leading the charge as one of my all-time favorite fictional male characters, Jace in The Mortal Instruments, I'm pretty much in awe of this guy; he's a chameleon when it comes to his roles!

From what I've gathered from his interviews, including the time I spoke with him on the set of the first TMI film(!), he is so unlike the parts he plays. He jokes around; he's majorly sarcastic; he's incredibly stylish… But, using City of Bones as an example, he can be the exact opposite when he wants to be. He was the epitome of cocky, brooding and vulnerable, as the books suggest. Like I've said before in my review, he nailed his portrayal. And if you've seen the film and don't agree, well then you're wrong I'd love to hear why.

Psst, did you hear? The sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is on!

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  • Lynda Kelly

    He’ll yeh love his looks and acting since watching tmi I have researched and bought all movies and series that he has been in.Cant get enough.

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  • Ana

    OMG is the sequel really on ??? :)

  • Ana

    I just love him!He’s awesome!Cute, stylish and sexy! Jamie is the best! PS: someday his accent will kill me haha

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  • Shannon

    I love Jamie. I have read the books twice and I cant wait to see the next movie. I have seen him sing in London. Can we just say OMG he is a very talented guy and sexy too.

  • Maryann

    Jamie is a great actor did you see Camelot ? The Prisoner ? N he is Hot Hot !

  • kaelie

    I have to agree with Amanda on this one. Sorry, but a lot of times Jamie looks like he just woke up and I really don’t see the hype!

    • fiona

      i know… i’m the i LOVE the mortal instrument series and i was kinda disappointed by the movie…. in my opinion he isn’t a very good jace…though he was very good in Camelot

  • Marie

    Agree with Kaitlin – he is gorgeous. And most impressive as Jace in TMI – City of Bones. He was also quite good in the film, Anonymous, and the TV show, Camelot. Definitely worth it!

  • Emily

    I love him. He’s so attractive and his accent<3

  • Mel

    I agree with Kaitlin! I am obsessed with him and have you ever heard his laugh? It’s so cute.

  • Hanoi Libertad

    I think that what’s interesting about him is his commitment to stay just the way he is, and not fall upon the holliwood standars. xxx from venezuela.

  • Hanoi Libertad

    I think that what’s interesting about him is his commitment to stay just the way he is, and not fall upon the hollywood standards. xxx from venezuela.

  • Sammy

    Not really.

  • Yasi

    I agree with Kaitlin. JCB is a full-threat. He can sing, he can act. He’s gorgeous and he has that rock-star kind of vibe. And most important: he’s real. He doesn’t care what everyone else thinks about him, he’s just who he wants to be. And he cares about his fans. You can see it in interviews and all that.
    You can’t just take Twilight and HP and make a impression of his work. You have to see him shine in Camelot, dazzle in Sweeney Todd and be a charming sarcastic Shadowhunter in City of Bones.
    Besides, have you hear him sing? Waiting and Venice have become my favorite songs EVER.
    Well, that’s it, I guess… JAMIE IS TOTALLY WORTH IT!