Road Rules’ Dave Giuntoli shows up on Grey’s Anatomy, other scripted shows

There’s so much cross-pollination between reality shows that it’s barely newsworthy anymore, but when a reality star crosses over into scripted territory, that’s a bit more interesting, generally because reality stars totally suck at acting. The Real World London‘s Jacinda Barrett is among those who’ve made the transition.

Thursday night, Road Rules South Pacific (and short-lived Gauntlet star) Dave Giuntoli, aka David Giuntoli, showed up on Grey’s Anatomy, playing the soldier boyfriend of a gay soldier who had a brain tumor. Of course, his real role was to be a metaphor for Meredith Grey’s me-me-me-me-me life, but every patient and medical disaster is little more than a metaphor for the main characters’ social lives, so that’s nothing new.

The role involved an extended man-on-man make-out scene and, later, raw anger and tears-on-demand, all of which he pulled off so well that I was almost able to ignore the nagging suspicion that I’d seen him before.

But he’s appeared on more than just Grey’s, although his MySpace page mentions none of his roles. Since last year, Dave has shown up on Ghost Whisperer, Veronica Mars, and Nip/Tuck, according to IMDB. Most recently, he’s had a recurring role on Eli Stone. Even more significantly, he seems to have actual talent. Not bad for a graduate of MTV’s cesspool.

David Giuntoli [IMDB]

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