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By Jenny Higgons
Colin Hanks, who plays Alex Whitman on Roswell, may be the son of a huge Hollywood star, but his feet are firmly planted on the ground. The 22-year-old is as gracious and unaffected as his father, Tom Hanks. The WB show, which centers around a group of teen aliens and their human (including Alex) friends, is Hanks’ first major venture into acting and has allowed him to prove his own merit.
In fact, Hanks has earned so much street cred that last summer he was rumored to be on the short list for the highly coveted role of Anakin Skywalker in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode II. Hanks insists, however, that the actual event was blown way out of proportion: “I only went in and talked with the casting director – along with tens of thousands of other people!” he explains. (Unknown Hayden Christensen ended up nabbing it.)
Hanks’ inarguable talent, combined with his congenial demeanor and solid pedigree, indicate that his young Mr. Whitman is just a sampler of great things to come. He took a few minutes with Gist to talk about his personal life, his TV character, and why he’s so keen on Roswell