Saturday, July 10, 2010

Before they were stars: Elisha Cuthbert and Jay Baruchel

I watched a video with my kids the other day starring Elisha Cuthbert (“The Girl Next Door”) and Jay Baruchel (“Knocked Up” and “She’s Out of Your League”). And, no, it wasn’t some R-rated sex comedy like those two stars have done.
They were hosts of “Popular Mechanics for Kids” many years ago. Baruchel, now 28, worked on the show in 1997 and 1998, according to the Internet Movie Database. Cuthbert, 27, worked on the program from 1997-2000.
In the episode I watched from “Popular Mechanics for Kids,” both Baruchel and Cuthbert were already pros. They were charming, funny and charismatic. You could tell they had star quality at a young age. They were probably 14 or 15 when the show was shot.
They appear together in the episode “Aquariums” on the “Popular Mechanics for Kids” DVD called “Super Sea Creatures and Awesome Ocean Adventures.” Both use their real names on the show.
Baruchel donned scuba gear for a pool scene and a hardhat for a scene at the construction site for the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., which opened in 1998. And Cuthbert brushed a seal lion’s teeth and took a snot sample from the beast.
All actors have to start somewhere.

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