For avid lonelygirl15 fans, the surprise reveal that the original lonelygirl15 star Jessica Rose has joined the cast of Poor Paul, wasn’t exactly shocking. (Former LG15 star Yousef Abu-Taleb is a producer of the show.) But to the casual web video junkie this catches an extra mouse click or two.
Episode 32, “You’re a Guy“, was released today on YouTube and KoldCast with Rose playing title character Paul’s (Zack Bennett) new sex-charged neighbor Beatrice. Eleven episodes into their second season, director Sean Michael Beyer, who also plays Paul’s dad ‘Mr. Ted’ in the series, will have Rose in several more episodes this season.
Rose is still one of the most universally well known web series actors out there, made famous by hundreds of close-up vlogs as lonelygirl Bree back in 2006 as YouTube was just taking off. Later she would star in WB.com’s Sorority Forever, which is rumored to be prepping a second season, and an unreleased thriller web series called Blood Cell, that drew plenty of buzz (6.8M views on the trailer) but went down with the 60Frames ship despite a deal with TheWB.com. And there was also the YouTube star driven hodgepodge Hooking Up for HBOlabs.
“It was cool for me to play a character like Beatrice because she’s totally different than anyone I have played before,” said Rose over email. “While I didn’t feel in my ‘comfort zone’ playing that character, it’s good to do something that your not sure you can pull off sometimes. It’s all practise and I ended up having a lot of fun with that character because I was like, ‘well if I fail epicly I better have a great time doing it!!’ and I just kind of ‘let loose’.”
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