The year is 2008. Bruno Mars is surprised to see Pete Wentz, and Taylor Swift loved the Academy Is… and Boys Like Girls as much as us. As if that alone isn’t enough culture shock for you, we also had the All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter playing the love interest of the now Oscar-winning Emma Stone in The House Bunny.
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the day the film hit theaters, so we can’t help but look back at his epic appearance.
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Ritter plays the self-proclaimed “goofy dude” love interest Colby to Stone’s Natalie. One of his key scenes includes complimenting a nervously rambling Stone on her hair before asking her to be his girlfriend while Boys Like Girls’ “The Great Escape” plays in the background. (It’s so 2008.)
It’s sweet in a mid-2000s rom-com kind of way as Natalie has the “world’s hugest crush on him.”
Since The House Bunny, Ritter has starred in Parenthood as a struggling musician and Miss You Already opposite Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore.
Most recently, Ritter has been seen in the comic book-inspired, Seth Rogen co-created Preacher on AMC.
Ritter has several new projects that have yet to be released including the Jennifer Garner-led Peppermint due out Sept. 7.
Ritter will play a homeless man named Sam as the film follows Riley North (Garner), after her life is destroyed by gunmen who killed her entire family. North spends the next five years training to return to Los Angeles to retaliate, and Ritter’s character ends up joining her on her journey.
As far as what the All-American Rejects have been up to, the band released two new singles last summer before hitting the road with Dashboard Confessional. Since then, they officially released a decade-old demo, “Stay,” from the When The World Comes Down era, but no other information has been released regarding additional new music.