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The final coffin nail was sealed on the Alex Pettyfer for Jace campaign after he signed on to Magic Mike and Overdrive. For me, it was over months ago, but no use opening up that can of worms again. Now, with Alex out of the way, we can consider other actors who could play the Jace Wayland role. Lucky for us, we don’t have to look far. 

According to The Wrap, we have three top candidates: Jamie Campbell Bowers, Leebo Freeman, and Ed Speleers. As far as I’m concerned, only one name sticks out on this list and that’s Jamie Campbell Bowers. I only have one thing to say about Leebo Freeman – he has no acting experience. Conversation over, have a nice day. Next is Ed Speleers who starred in Eragon in 2006. Eragon was a mild hit, but where has he gone since then? Well, he played on a television show that lasted only one season called Echo Beach in 2008, but since then, has starred in two short films and the British horror flick, A Lonely Place to Die. Nothing against Ed, but I don’t think he’s ready for a project of this caliber. He just hasn’t shown me anything that would justify him in this starring role.

So, why should fans rally behind Jamie? Three words: Proven Acting Ability. In my humble opinion, this should really be the only factor to consider. His resume has shown his acting range in a wide variety of characters. He’s stared in Sweeney Todd, Winter in Wartime, and RocknRolla. You may also recognize him from the small indie franchises known as Harry Potter and Twilight. He’s currently starring as Arthur in the Stars network series, Camelot. He carries that series in a role that only a multifaceted actor could handle.

He’s worked with some of the most talented and well respected actors in Hollywood including: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Joseph Fiennes, Ava Green, Gerald Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, and Alan Rickman just to name a few. You don’t get to work with people of that quality unless you can handle your own.

If we have to get into physical looks then he fits that too. Jace is described on many occasions as having the face of an angel. One of those mentions happened here in City of Glass: “To die? No one wants to die, Father.” The point of Jace’s sword slipped lower, and then lower until it was resting over Valentine’s heart. Jace’s face was calm, the face of an angel dispatching divine justice. Jace is further described as having a thin muscular build, blonde wavy hair, and golden eyes. Except for the golden eyes which can be achieved with contacts, Jamie matches up.

In closing, I’d like to say that we all have our own opinion of what Jace looks like. Lots of actors and models can come close, but is that really what you want? Are you looking for a talented actor or someone that looks like the Jace in your mind? If I had to choose, I’d take a talented, proven actor every single time. If you agree with me, let Jamie know he’s got your support. You can find him on Twitter. You can also spread the word by using the Twitter hashtag, #JamieforJace

Still not completely convinced? Watch the video below and hear what Jamie’s cast had to say about him in a recent interview.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank everyone who’s participated in my articles or has spoken about it on the Mortal Instruments message boards. Whether you agree with me or not, I am truly honored to be part of your discussions. You can find me on my website, the Young Adult Fantasy Guide or roaming the wild world of Twitter as: YAFantasyGuide

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You Know You’re a Mom When…

1. You count the sprinkles on each kid’s cupcake to make sure they’re equal.

2. You find yourself cutting your husbands’ sandwiches into cute shapes.

3. You can’t bear to give away baby clothes – it’s so final.

4. You hear your mother’s voice coming out of your mouth when you say, “NOT in your good clothes!”

5. You stop criticizing the way your mother raised you.

6. You hire a sitter because you haven’t been out with your husband in ages, then spend half the night checking on the kids.

7. You have time to shave only one leg at a time.

8. You hide in the bathroom to be alone.

9. Your kid throws up and you catch it.

10. Someone else’s kid throws up at a party. You keep eating.

11. You use your own saliva to clean your child’s face.

12. You’ve mastered the art of placing large quantities of pancakes and eggs on a plate without anything touching.

13. Your child insists that you read “Once Upon a Potty” out loud in the lobby of Grand Central Station and you do it.

14. You cling to the high moral ground on toy weapons; your child chews his toast into the shape of a gun.

15. You hope ketchup is a vegetable, since it’s the only one your child eats.

16. You donate to charities in the hope that your child won’t get that disease.

17. Your feet stick to the kitchen floor, and you don’t care.

18. The closest you get to gourmet cooking is making Rice Krispie treats.

19. You no longer object to cold pizza for breakfast.

20. Your purse is crammed with emergency toys, candy and first aid supplies.

21. You can talk on the phone, pack a lunch & breast feed all once.

22. You wonder why it was you ever feared being alone.

23 You spend an entire week wearing sweats.

24. You can remove chewing gum from just about anything.

25. You say at least once a day, “I’m not cut out for this job”, but you know you wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Stacey O’Neale is a full-time writer and co-owner of the Young Adult Fantasy Guide. She’s had several articles and book reviews published, but spends most of her writing time on the revisions to her debut young adult fantasy novel. You can also follow her on Twitter.

Thanks to this Supermom blog for the list!

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