Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happy Birthday: Aaron and Shawn Ashmore!

Today marks the birth of twin actors and all around cool guys Aaron and Shawn Ashmore. They are 31, which makes them about ten years older than they look.

For the longest time, I didn't even know there were two of them. I just noticed the same guy appearing over and over again in some of my favorite movies and TV shows. After a while, I noticed the name Ashmore appearing in the credits, but I never made the connection that there were often two different first names. I'm pretty sure it was my friend Justin who made the discovery that this one actor was actually two... and that they were twin brothers.

I think they are both cool, likable, talented actors, though I couldn't pick a favorite, nor would I want to. I loved Shawn's work on Veronica Mars and his spot-on portrayal of Jimmy Olsen on Smallville, but Aaron was just as good -- and perhaps made a a better name for himself -- as Iceman in the X-Men movies. Aaron also had the lead in that Earthsea mini-series, and even did a couple episodes of Smallville before his brother became a regular cast member.

Interesting tidbit: Aaron is the one with a photo on the IMDB, but Shawn actually has one more credit to his name. Anyway, happy birthday, guys!


Justin Garrett Blum said...

How appropriate. The next episode of Veronica Mars we're slated to watch is "The Rapes of Graff". Pretty sure that's the one where Ashmore's character Troy Vandergraff returns for a one-shot.

Anonymous said...

YOu got them mixed up. It was AARON who played Jimmy Olsen. SHAWN was the Iceman.

Anonymous said...

And it was Shawn who did the Earthsae and Aaron who was on Veronica Mars.

Justin Garrett Blum said...

Aaron Ashmore, is that you?