By Bill Keith
This isn't the first time Stan has played the rich, entitled asshole. The prep school'reared 25-year-old has mastered the art of channeling his inner James Spader in movies like this spring's The Education of Charlie Banks and on the CW's Gossip Girl, where he plays scene-stealing Chuck Bass's archnemesis, Carter Baizen. Before becoming a literally royal asshole on Kings, he stole away Leighton Meester's Blair Waldorf and took her to her darkest depths. He's stolen Meester's heart offscreen too. Though the engagement rumors are false, he couldn't be happier: "I'm an extremely lucky person, absolutely! I think she's just amazing!" he gushes.
Next up the Rutgers theater major, who made his Broadway debut in 2007's Talk Radio, is hoping to take his turn playing a decidedly more heroic role. Stan has spent the past two years workshopping the recently announced musical adaptation of Spider-Man, directed by The Lion King's Julie Taymor, with music and lyrics by U2. "If it's meant to be, it's meant to be," he says hopefully. "You've only got one life to try everything!"
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