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Old 02-08-2005, 11:16 PM   #1
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Default From (2/8/05): Jamie Elman: Man of Your Dreams

Jamie Elman: Man of Your Dreams

If you've seen him as piano teacher Luke Foley on NBC's American Dreams, you'd think he is just a geek. After all, the producers have him wearing black-framed glasses that would make Urkel look suave.

Keeping warm with the help of American dreamer Snow.

But don't let the spazzy specs fool you. Mention the name Jamie Elman in any Canadian classroom, and you're bound to see a few girls swoon. Before heading south, the 26-year-old Manattan-born, Montreal-bred actor spent three years playing the campus stud on the popular Canadian teen sitcom Student Bodies.

So, which character is closer to the real Elman? "Heartthrob is not the first word I would use to describe myself," Elman says. "I was the stud on the show because I was hooking up with the pretty girl. For Luke on American Dreams, music is his creative outlet."

And yet Elman's luck with the ladies seems to have followed him to the States. In American Dreams, he has set his sights on the lead character, Meg (Brittany Snow) and does get his shot.

Next up, the Elman appears in Shattered Glass, the true story of a D.C. journalist (Hayden Christensen) who fabricated many of his articles. Elman plays a fellow reporter.

Which got us to wondering...

What was it like meeting fellow Canuck Hayden Christensen? "I didn't want to bring up Star Wars, even though I'm a big fan of the movies. I was self-conscious and didn't want to accidentally go, 'Hi, Hayden, nice to meet you. Jesus Christ, you're Darth Vader!' But I met him and then an hour later, he came up and said, 'Hey, I just placed you--you're Cody from Student Bodies!' "

Does he get that a lot? "Well, our audience was predominantly teen girls. But then the network thought the show was kind of edgy and cool and put it on in prime time, and it got a bit more sexy and racy. Then people would come up to me at bars, slip me cocktail napkins discreetly and ask for my autograph. But it would be a 35-year-old guy, and I'm like, 'Why do you want this?' And he'd say, 'It's for my daughter, but make it out to Mike.' "

How did he score the role on American Dreams? "There were, like, 15 producers in the room, and I had to play the piano and sing a song. We were supposed to play a tune from the '60s, and I thought I'd picked a good song--'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen. I was just about to play, and they shouted out, 'No show tunes!' so I launched into the entire score from Fiddler on the Roof. And that's probably the moment they decided we could work together."

Sharing an extracurricular moment with Student Bodies costar Nicole Lyn.

As someone who grew up in Canada, is it strange being on a show called American Dreams? "I'm very proud to be a dual citizen. As a kid, it was always cool and different to say, 'I'm an American.' For the first 23 years, I was an American living in Canada, even though, of course, I wasn't, because I moved there before I could talk. But I was obsessed with the States. I had an American flag in my room--and even American flag pillowcases."

Dual citizenship. How cool is that? "It allows me to work here, but it also causes my friends--male and female--to propose marriage to me frequently. They're like, 'Please, I need your help, we'll go to Hawaii. I'll pay for the trip.' "

Is he considering any of the offers? "Absolutely not. I'm waiting for that one special girl, for one thing. I'm single right now. Well, pretty much."

Yeah, still playing the stud.
--Rhonda Richford

And in the end
the love you take
is equal to the love you make.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney
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