and Liza Hamm
March 30, 2009 12:00 PM

>The actor, 26, gets nasty twice this week: first as a power-hungry soldier-prince on NBC’s Kings, then as a bad boy alongside girlfriend Leighton Meester on The CW’s Gossip Girl.

HOW DID YOU PREPARE TO PLAY ROYALTY? I researched Prince Harry, the pressures of living up to expectations. Michael Douglas in Wall Street put me in the right head space.

IS IT FUN TO PRETEND-FIGHT IN A WAR? Fantastic. I got knocked out with a bazooka. I was screaming for dear life. They ended up keeping it in.

WHAT ABOUT REPORTS THAT YOU AND LEIGHTON ARE ENGAGED? I don’t pay attention. My friends trust my word above anything else they hear.

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