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Paul Wesley, Chris Colfer, and More TV Actors Who Also Direct and Write

With Paul Wesley directing an episode of The Vampire Diaries, and Chris Colfer writing for Glee, we take a look at the other actors who also work their magic behind the scenes.
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  1. Paul Wesley. Stefan Salvatore's real-life doppelganger enjoyed his first time on the director's chair for The Vampire Diaries' "Resident Evil" episode—yes, the Stelena fanfic ep. Paul says the experience taught him "to be objective enough to say, 'I'm not going to do that take again because I didn't like how my hair was off in one angle.'"But he did veto Stefan's shirtless moment when he was making out with Elena in the kitchen. "I was like 'Guys, I think this should be romantic and not sexual,' and the writers fell for it. Suckers!"

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  2. Chris Colfer. With the movie Struck by Lightning, children's book series Land of Stories, and Disney pilot The Little Leftover Witch under his belt, it was only a matter of time until Glee asked Chris to write for the show. Chris co-wrote the second to the last episode of this season, where his character joins an assisted living production of Peter Pan. "Kurt teaches everyone (in a retirement home) how to be young again, very much like what Peter did to the Darlings."

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  3. Matthew Morrison. Remember when Mr. Schue directed Glee’s black and white Christmas episode? As an actor, he felt iffy giving notes to his fellow actors, but of course he had to. "The first time I was going to give Jane (Sue Sylvester) some direction, she raised a finger and said, 'I just want to remind you that I have an Emmy Award and was just nominated for a People's Choice Award.' It was really funny."

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  4. Neil Patrick Harris. Three years after he directed an episode of How I Met Your Mother—the one where Ted's students make fun of Robin's "but... umm" habit—NPH directed the finale of the sitcom The Goodwin Games. Barney Stinson would've given him the highest of fives!

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  5. Jason Segel. Haaave you met Jason the writer? The guy you know as Marshall Eriksen on HIMYM also co-wrote comedy flicks The Five-Year Engagement, The Muppets, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

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  6. Jensen Ackles. The actor who plays Dean Winchester has directed a Supernatural episode almost every year since 2010. Next season, he hopes to direct another one. "Last year, I was busy being a new dad, so this year... well, actually I don't have more time on my hands, but I'm going to try to do it again."

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  7. Misha Collins. If there's one thing that Supernatural's Castiel learned while directing, it's that being the butt of jokes has its pros and cons. Jensen Ackles (Dean) and Jared Padalecki (Sam) kept pranking him, throwing pies at his face! "But all in all, it was a remarkably good experience. The boys were so excited to, for example, throw pies at my face, that the time in between (pranks), they actually did their jobs very well—because they were trying to catch me off guard."

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  8. Chad Lowe. Aria's dad has actually directed a bunch of shows aside from Pretty Little Liars like Twisted, Bones, and Brothers & Sisters—but we bet PLL holds a special place in his heart.

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  9. Amy Poehler. Regina George's mom has directed and written episodes of Parks and Recreation, which she also produces and stars in. Coolest mom in the world? Coolest mom in the world.

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  10. Tina Fey. You have Saturday Night Live's former head writer to thank for the masterpiece that is Mean Girls. Four for you, Glen Coco! You go, Glen Coco! 

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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