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Ben McKenzie: Back On The Southland Set

Ben McKenzie: Back On The Southland Set

Ben McKenzie returns to the Southland set for a new episode of the police drama on Wednesday (January 19) in Hollywood, Calif.

Earlier this month, the 32-year-old former OC actor spoke about why he currently prefers to be on a cable show.

“If you’re faced with the prospect of doing two or three unsatisfying movies that will either be very commercial and not challenge you as an actor or be small independent films that may not be that great and that no one will see,” Ben told the WSJ. “Versus being on a cable show where you get to say good words and challenge yourself on a daily basis and get paid for it, it’s hard to decide on the movie end of things.”

Southland airs on Tuesdays at 10/9c on TNT!

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  • Tom

    Still hot. Not as hot as the OC days though.

  • frankie

    LOVED yesterday’s episode, Ben has come a long way and should be taken seriously as an actor.

  • cami

    Ben blew my mind yesterday, It was so sad but absolutely excellent. Southland is one of the best things on tv right now, all the best to him.

  • Lisa


  • Lisa


  • me

    Yea right, like Benny-boy was being inundated with movie offers.

  • LoveBen

    Love those hands, yummy!

    Did I see “Sons of Anarchy” sweatshirt?

  • anon

    …..especially if you have little choice in the matter…
    Fact is true actors are stage actors and will do tv or movies only to pay the bills. When an actor is good on stage 90% of it is his doing. When an actor is good on tv or film it drops down anywhere from 70% to 40%. Mostly it is the director who makes an actor look good or not. Working is good but let’s not kid ourselves; if he really wanted to practice his craft he’d be using his semi-fame to get stage work.

  • rebuttinganon

    Ben was recently onstage. He appeared last year in The Glass Menagerie at the Mark Taper Forum with Judith Ivey. The play, and Ben’s acting, got glowing reviews. It was featured here on Just Jared’s site. Please do some research first before putting this actor down.

  • jan

    Just saw his episode of Southland. That scene with his mom in the end was devastating.
    Dude has real acting chops and is extremely underrated.

  • Danielle

    @Tom: He’s still as hot as his OC days. Don’t let these pictures fool you.

  • mrs.robinson

    Ben is looking fine. Thanks for the pics.

  • Tom


    I agree. I just meant I preferred him in the OC, a little younger like me. He hasn’t really changed.

  • Danielle

    @Tom: Haha, I get it. That’s cool. I’m a little older so I prefer grown up Ben. :P

  • Andrea

    I love Ben, he´s an amazing actor. I honestly don´t know how he doesn´t have a girlfriend. And did you see Southland´s new episode?that show is great!