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Exclusive: Eric Balfour joins 'Beautiful Life'

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beautiful-life_lIn a move that will no doubt trigger an avalanche of show killer jokes, Eric Balfour is joining the cast of The CW’s The Beautiful Life for a multi-episode arc.

The star of Hawaii, Conviction, Sex Love & Secrets, and a slew of other short-lived series will play Eric, a charming rival to Claudia (Elle Macpherson) at a competing modeling agency.

To be fair, Balfour has also appeared on a bunch of shows that weren’t euthanized after nine episodes. In addition to The O.C., he had arcs on 24, The West Wing, and Six Feet Under. He was also really charming on The Ex List, so lighten up on the dude.

Fun fact free of charge: The gig reunites Balfour with his former O.C. co-star Mischa Barton.

PHOTO REQUEST: Macpherson: Takashi Seida /The CW; Balfour: Robin Wong/PR Photos