Before Ryan Reynolds found himself trapped in a coffin in 'Buried,' and before his debut as Hal Jordan in 'Green Lantern' this summer, he was Billy Simpson on the Canadian-American teen drama, 'Fifteen.' Canada's YTV and America's Nickelodeon aired the award-nominated soap opera from 1991 to 1993 and followed all the dramas of the students of Hillside School.
The series talked about all the usual angsty teenage suspects like dating, drugs and alcohol, family issues, cliques and peer pressure. It was basically like a much tamer version of Aaron Spelling's 'Beverly Hills, 90210.' The show even had its own bad boy (Dylan) character, and 'Fifteen's' "Peach Pit" was called the Avalon. Reynolds, who was indeed 15 years old at the time, joined the series from the start and starred as Billy Simpson. Billy was a boy with hearts in his eyes for Ashley, played by other notable 'Fifteen' alum, Laura Harris ('Severance' and 'A Mighty Wind').
Ashley and her boyfriend Matt were the leaders of the popular crew at Hillside. Matt was a star athlete and Ashley was the cutest girl in school. While Billy was being pursued by Theresa (Janine Cox), he was endlessly trying to get Ashley's attention by leaving secret love trinkets in her locker and shooting her puppy dog eyes. You get to catch a glimpse of his game in this video clip, before he was voted one of 'People's' "Sexiest Men Alive" three years in a row. The 90's skater hair is cute, but Reynolds has come a long way in terms of wooing his on-screen counterparts. He did manage to pick up a nomination for a Young Artist Award in 1993 for his performance in 'Fifteen.'
In this scene, he has a brief conversation with Ashley before lapsing into a hilarious daydream where he brags about making the cover of Rolling Stone, the size of his CD collection (CDs? What are those?), and being one of the guys who "just has it." He imagines Harris as a breathy, Marilyn Monroe–type fawning over his accolades, of course. Oh, teenagers!