Matt Lauria

8 Parenthood Guest Stars…

I was originally going to make a list of my favorite Braverman moments, but it seems that everyone had that same idea this week so, instead, I have made a list of my favorite Parenthood guest stars. These characters were not an official part of the Braverman clan, but they had a big impact on their lives. I am not emotionally prepared for this series finale, but will definitely have plenty of tissues on hand tonight!

1. Mark Cyr played by Jason Ritter
Mr. Cyr was Amber’s high school English teacher, who she had a crush on, and then he dated Sarah. He and Sarah were engaged, until she met Hank at which point they broke up. Despite their age difference, which caused more than a few disagreements, he was always so good to Sarah and I was sad to see him go. Hank has grown on me, but I still wish Sarah had chosen Mark. Team Cyr for life.

2. Seth Holt played by John Corbett
Seth is Sarah’s ex-husband and the father of Amber and Drew. He a musician and an alcoholic and has a tumultuous relationship with his children. Seth was never around for long, but he always left his mark and I always enjoyed when Corbett popped up on this show. He was definitely not the perfect father, but I like that he and Amber ended up in a good place.

3. Zoe DeHaven played by Rosa Salazar
Zoe worked in Julia’s law firm and was planning to allow Julia and Joel to adopt her baby before ultimately changing her mind to keep it. This storyline was pretty heartbreaking, even if you saw it coming, and Salazar’s and Erika Christensen’s performances were perfect.

4. Ryan York played by Matt Lauria
Ryan is an Iraq war veteran that Zeek met at the VA. He dated Amber and they were engaged for a time before he decided to re-enlist. He is the father of Amber’s newborn baby, Zeek. I really adored this whole storyline in general. The chemistry between Lauria and Mae Whitman was always great and I loved the way they dealt with his PTSD.


8 Actors You Should Know…

They may not be common household names (yet), but I love it when these actors show up on any of my series and I think everyone should know who they are.

1. Matt Lauria

Previously: Lipstick Jungle, Friday Night Lights, The Chicago Code, Burn Notice, CSI, Person of Interest
Currently: Parenthood, Navy St.

2. Sam Page

Previously: American Dreams, Shark, Desperate Housewives, Gossip Girl, Greek, Castle Mad Men, Switched at Birth, Scandal, Necessary Roughness
Currently: House of Cards

3. Jesse Luken

Previously: Greek, NCIS, Glee, Last Resort, The Mentalist, Justified
Currently: Star-Crossed

4. Travis Van Winkle

Previously: The O.C., Veronica Mars, Greek, 90210, Happy Endings, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, CSI: Miami, Raising Hope, Hart of Dixie
Currently: The Last Ship