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!