A moral compass. A motherly shoulder to cry on. The smart girl with glasses. You could generally find TV actress Gabrielle Carteris playing these types during her 20-plus year career, a casting trend largely aided by her breakout role as the nerdy overachiever on the '90s pop culture phenomenon, "Beverly Hills 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000). Nearly 30 years old at the time she was hilariously miscast as a 16-year-old, Carteris left the show after 5 seasons, re-inventing herself as a mouthpiece for teens in trouble, hosting a series of educational specials on teen lifestyle topics, and even taking the helm as a sympathetic talk show host for her own short-lived series. Carteris eventually transformed into a mainstay in melodramatic, women-oriented TV movies but surprised everyone with her appearance on the crazy reality TV series, "The Surreal Life," (WB, 2003-05, VH1 2005-).