I don't know about you, but I sometimes when I'm reading the description of a character I can't help but picture a face I've seen before. More often than not I conjure a generic face, but when the opposite happens it's usually an actor, or a face I've seen in a magazine, or more rarely, someone I know in real life.
It's pretty easy to use actors for the hotties. For example, I'm sure I've mentioned ad nauseum how much I loved the boys of Nightshade, Shay and Ren. Ren is the sexy alpha male of the Bane pack, and the more I read, the more I saw a specific someone embodying this charismatic hottie. I give you - and you can thank me later - Rick Malambri:
Ahem, 'scuse me. Now that I've wiped the drool from my keyboard I can continue with the post. I would LOVE if Rick were actually young enough to play Ren in a movie version of Nightshade. But then again, how often are actual teenagers cast to play teenagers? If he got rid of the 5:00 shadow, he might just pull it off. Still, even Rick's tall-dark-n-sexiness couldn't distract me from how badly Step Up 3 sucked. Aaaaand it's also kind of gross that he has the same name as my dad.
Anyhow, I also found familiar faces floating around in my mind when I envisioned the male mc for my own story. I mentioned a couple posts ago that I have a weakness for dark-haired, light-eyed boys, so it's no shock that my beloved Michael bears the killer combo. At first, I pictured him looking a lot like a long-time crush of mine, Smallville's Tom Welling:
But since Tom is getting up there in years, eventually the image in my mind began to meld with a more age appropriate face, that of Vampire Diaries Steve McQueen:
So I'm curious-- do you ever picture actors or actresses in the roles of main characters? Create a new face? Or base them on someone you know?
Or are you just scrolling back up to look at Rick again? I know. You're welcome : )