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Mia Kirshner Fangs Out in 'Vampire Diaries'

Mia Kirshner Fangs Out in 'Vampire Diaries'

L Word star Mia Kirshner's new character Isobel, on the CW's The Vampire Diaries is described as "sweet yet dangerous." AsJenny Schecter, Kirshner really mastered the fine art of playing the (eventualy lesbian) girl next door, who, once everyone turns their back, reveals her fangs.

"Sweet yet dangerous."

That's how Entertainment Weekly described L Word star Mia Kirshner's new character, Isobel, on the CW's The Vampire Diaries.

Kirshner's Isobel will be the wife of history teacher Matt Davis; she's set to first appear on the freshman fanger Jan. 21.

Just how "sweet yet dangerous" Isobel will truly be is unknown. But one thing we do know: Kirshner sure has a handle on playing the "sweet yet dangerous" part. As The L Word's Jenny Schecter, Kirshner really mastered the fine art of playing the girl next door, who, once everyone turns their back, reveals her fangs.

We pose this question to you, our fine SheWired readers: Is Kirshner better at playing sweet or dangerous?

Allow us to present our case for both:

Dangerous: Two words come to mind: Lez Girls. One thing L Word fans did learn in the ridiculous finale was that Jenny did, indeed, snake the film reels for the film she wrote, directed and was booted off of. How she did it, however, remains a mystery. But if she possessed some of that vampire speed we've seen on the CW hit, she could have gone in and out of the studio in a flash and nobody would have been the wiser.

Sweet: Citing the finale, Jenny put together the most comprehensive farewell reel for Bette (Jennifer Beals) and Tina (Laurel Holloman), featuring long-lost characters that we haven't seen in ages (some for the better). It was a memorable highlight and a great way for the departing show to feature some of the acting talent — like Marina (Karina Lombard) and Ivan (Kelly Lynch) — that helped make the show was it was.

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Dangerous: Everyone's favorite nutbag really was a habitual liar. She'd lie to your face — like when Tina asked point blank if she took the film — and without remorse. Those tricky Vampire Diaries immortals are so naturally gifted with lying — and mind control —  that Jenny already seems to be well on her way to joining the vampire legion.

Sweet: She loved Shane. A lot. While she could be completely crazy and controlling, she did so from a place of love and honesty. It was almost refreshing to see amid scenes of her utter lunacy.

So what do you think? Is Kirshner the perfect actress to play "sweet yet dangerous"? Should she be a vampire? And if so, will she be more like bad brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) or his heroic brother, Stefan (Paul Wesley)? I don't know about you, but it sure would be interesting for the teacher's wife to start a very Dawson's Creek-like fling with her husband's student, Elena (Nina Dobrev). And considering Vampire Diaries is written and executive produced by Kevin Williamson, the openly gay creator of Dawson's Creek, there has to be a gay angle here somewhere, right?

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