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Mark Salling- Age: 28
Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
The owner of television’s most famous mohawk since Mr. T’s likes birds but loves his guitar.
Your character, Puck, has a mohawk. Why?
I did it for the audition and kind of got stuck with it.
And it was worth it?
Yeah, with Glee it’s a lot of work and a lot of reward.
The cast toured all summer. What was the best venue?
Radio City Music Hall. That was crazy and a dream come true.
Do you like getting dressed up and walking the red carpet?
I don’t really like red carpets. I don’t really like interviews.
What’s your personal style?
Laid-back, chill. Jeans, T-shirts. I wear a lot of shirts with birds on them; it’s kind of my thing.
If your house was burning down, what would you save?
I have a lot of guitars, including one modern acoustic that I’d save for sure.
Who has a look or style that you’re into?
Clooney steps it up, but right now I kind of like being myself.
Jason Ritter- Age: 30
The Event, NBC
Mondays at 9 p.m.
The son of sitcom deity John Ritter played Jeb Bush in Oliver Stone’s W before landing the role of Sean Walker on this fall’s hottest new show.
Tell us about The Event.
I play a guy whose fiancée disappears, and her father hijacks a plane, and…That
is not the event. Apparently the event is coming, but I don’t even know what it is. I’ll have to find out with everybody else.
It sounds like a mix of 24, Lost, and The X-Files…
That combination would not be bad at all.
Your character goes nuts when he loses his lady. Is there anything you would go crazy about if you lost it?
A favorite hat I’ve had since I was eight. If my apartment was burning down, I would run in and save that hat.
Must be some hat.
There are surfers on it. It’s sort of greenish.
Uh-huh. So what’s the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?
I wore the hat to the Emmys with my tux and got in a lot of trouble with the people who care about that kind of stuff. I was pretty proud of myself.
Who is your fashion icon?
When I was in high school, Kurt Cobain was my favorite. He really seemed to just not care about what he put on— if it was, like, some grandma’s cardigan or a ball gown.
Do you have a go-to drink?
I try to cocktail it up, but I usually just end up beering it up. I like a lot of beer.
Donald Glover- Age: 26
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
He’s a multiple threat—stand-up comedian, rapper, and former writer for 30 Rock—but that’s not how he impresses the ladies.
How does it feel to be on such a successful show?
It’s everything I ever wanted. I get to hang out with famous people, and nobody gets mad when I eat candy for dinner. I get paid to talk about farts and stuff. That’s awesome.
Of all the things you do, which is the closest to your heart?
If I had to choose one, it would be stand-up. I get scared, but I’m not afraid to be afraid.
Do you spend a lot of time thinking about clothes?
I’ve got to be honest, I kind of do. It’s not like a Sex and the City montage or anything: me eating yogurt with my girlfriends and them shaking their heads when I put on a hat and then nodding when I put on a scarf.
What look are you into now?
I love rolled-up white T-shirts and boat shoes and Baracuta jackets, plus some tight Nikes or something like that.
What’s your favorite thing in your home?
There are two. I have this Canon video projector, and I can invite girls over and impress them. It’s the shit. Also, Joel McHale got me into the Macallan, so a good set of Steuben whiskey glasses.
Jesse Spencer- Age: 31
House M.D., Fox
Mondays at 8 p.m.
As Aussie doc Robert Chase on House, Jesse Spencer saves lives. But enough heroics—when are his character and Olivia Wilde’s going to get it on?
So are Chase and Thirteen [Wilde] going to do it already?
There was some flirtation, some innuendo, and I was thinking it was going to happen last season. But are they just going to have sex? There’s always a chance.
Boring. Tell us about the photo of your mangled leg on Twitter.
I went on a surf trip to New Zealand. I tried to pull onto the face of a wave and failed.
Are you all fixed up?
Not yet. I’m trying to rehab, but I’ve been pretty lazy about it.
What other things do you do?
I started biking last year and did a 100-mile ride for charity and kicked ass! I also did a two-mile swim, and I was going to do the Vegas marathon, but my leg has fucked everything up.
What are your style staples?
I have a rocking pair of cowboy boots and I like belt buckles, too. But you can’t wear boots and buckles too much. So I tend to pick one or the other.
What did you think about posing for Maxim?
My initial reaction was, “Do I have to wear a leather bikini and heels?”
Paul Wesley- Age: 28
The Vampire Diaries, the CW
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
The Jersey boy returns for his sophomore season as Stefan Salvatore, the good-guy vampire with a (nonbeating) heart of gold.
What can we expect from Stefan this fall?
Last season he was weighed down by his past; now he’s gonna take charge and grow some bigger balls. He’s gonna start slapping his brother Damon around, which is nice.
Stefan’s got quite a hairdo.
I wasn’t aware how long it had gotten till I watched the show. I was like, “Jesus Christ, my hair is ridiculous!” It’s like a Chia Pet.
How do you deal with it when you’re not filming?
I’ve been wearing hats.
Are you fussy about clothes?
Right now I’m wearing black pajama bottoms that I’m trying to mask as pants. I slept in them last night, and I’ve been walking around in them all day.
Ever make a fashion mistake?
When I was younger, I thought I was a rap artist for no apparent reason. The parachute pants I wore—well, I probably could’ve jumped out of an airplane at 20,000 feet and landed safely.
Anything you own that you are especially proud of?
I have this old coffee table I bought off Craigslist for $60, and it looks like a treasure chest. It’s the best coffee table ever.
Chris Pratt- Age: 31
Parks and Recreation, NBC
(Currently on hiatus)
Mr. Anna Faris has parlayed his role as utterly clueless Andy Dwyer into a big-time movie career. On deck, showing up Brad Pitt in Moneyball.
So no Parks and Rec right now?
We’ll be back soon. I hope the show is on for a long time, because we’re all having the time of our lives.
You’re married to Anna Faris. Does she dress you?
No, she doesn’t dress me, but I think she appreciates my inability to dress myself. She likes me the way I am.
Anything in your wardrobe you can’t live without?
I have a large head, and I found this Web site, lamood.com, that specializes in hats for people with a big melon.
You’re like an activist for the big-headed.
That’s right, for the cranially challenged.
What should every man own?
A pistol. Every man should have at least one super-sweet stainless-steel revolver.
Any fashion heroes?
Ted Nugent can rock camo like nobody’s business.