'Awkward's' Nolan Funk: 'It crosses the line'

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If you've grown attached to the teen comedy "Awkward." -- airing Tuesdays on MTV -- you'll be glad to see a charming new face looking back at you this season.

Nolan Funk, the 26-year-old Vancouver native who shot to fame as Hunter Clarington on "Glee," has joined the cast of "Awkward." as mysterious new student Collin James. Sure, 26 seems a little old to be playing a high-school student, but that window closes pretty quickly, so why not take advantage of it while you still can?

Now in its third season, the show has been a hit with fans and critics alike, and Funk's role as a prep-school transfer student coincides with the arrival of Anthony Michael Hall ( "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles") as crazy creative writing teacher Mr. Hart.

"I love the show; I think it's so smart, witty and cool," Funk tells Zap2it. "I just really wanted to be part of it. ... It crosses the line in some ways that I think a lot of teen shows don't."

The former national gymnast started his career with a starring role in Nickelodeon's "Spectacular!" before earning rave reviews in "Bye Bye Birdie" on Broadway.

In addition to his busy television schedule, Funk played a love interest to Jennifer Lawrence in "House at the End of the Street," stars in "The Canyons" opposite Lindsay Lohan and plays a conflicted religious mercenary opposite Vin Diesel in the upcoming "Riddick."
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