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    23 Actors Who Were Honestly Way Too Good For The Teen TV Shows They Were On

    Naya was absolutely incredible on Glee, and we don't talk about it enough.

    A while back, we asked the BuzzFeed Community for their favorite teen drama actors who made even the campiest shows watchable. There were a ton of great submissions, so we're back for another round!


    Before you get mad that Dylan O'Brien isn't on this list, just know he was on the last one!

    Here are 23 teen drama actors who were honestly the best part of the shows they were on:

    WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

    1. Naya Rivera as Santana on Glee


    "Naya Rivera was incredible in Glee. Everything about her coming out story was amazing, and she delivered insult after insult with flawless timing. She was the best part of that show by far."


    2. Candice King as Caroline on The Vampire Diaries

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    "I would say Candice Accola from The Vampire Diaries...really kept some wild situations grounded and relatable."


    3. Devin Druid as Tyler on 13 Reasons Why


    "He stole every scene he was in for Season 3 and a lot of Season 2. Even in the first season, he definitely stood out, even though he didn’t have a very big part."


    4. Katie Holmes as Joey on Dawson's Creek

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    "Even though Dawson was the title character, it quickly became clear that Joey was the character that fans most wanted to see and that the other characters tended to orbit around. Pretty soon, the narrative within the show shifted toward her character more often than not. And it became clear she was the breakout actress on the show."


    5. Claire Danes as Angela Chase on My So-Called Life


    "Claire Danes can steal almost every scene with her acting chops. But she gave that show a soul, OMG. I felt so understood."


    6. Molly Tarlov as Sadie on Awkward.


    "Her whole portrayal of Sadie Saxton is actual perfection. Even after making her so spectacularly awful and easy to hate, she's still able to gain her sympathy and support. Truly a beautiful thing."


    7. Zendaya as Rue on Euphoria


    "Although the acting is good all around in Euphoria, Zendaya as Rue is excellent."


    8. Danielle Rose Russell as Hope in Legacies

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    "She does an amazing job playing Hope as a character who is pushing through a huge host of issues, externally and internally. She also has some fantastically timed comedic moments!"


    9. Ben Platt as Payton on The Politician


    "I’m (finally) watching The Politician right now on Netflix, and Ben Platt is AMAZING. He acts a lot with his eyes and just gives an excellent performance."


    10. Holland Roden as Lydia on Teen Wolf


    "Holland Roden as Lydia Martin was THE BEST. I can never imagine her being anything else."


    "Yup, she and Dylan really carried that show on their backs. No shade."


    11. Justin Prentice as Bryce Walker on 13 Reasons Why


    "Although I feel like most of the actors in that show put on fantastic performances dealing with the issues they dealt with, I personally feel like acting as the perpetrator of some really terrible things takes a lot of mental work, and he did an amazing job. I hated that character in the first two seasons, but then Season 3 rolls around and I felt myself feeling almost sorry for him. In my opinion, it was a superior acting job on his part."


    12. Danna Paola as Lu on Elite


    "As for Elite, both Ester and Danna Paola carried the show. Danna's acting was flawless."


    "Ester Exposito is great and beautiful and a wonderful actress, but Danna Paola as Lu was as awesome as Ester!"


    13. Jacob Elordi as Nate on Euphoria


    "He KILLED his role as Nate."


    14. Heather Morris as Brittany on Glee


    "Brittany was one of the funniest characters, and I'm always impressed with her delivery and the way she managed to make the character actually have depth beyond 'Dumb Cheerleader #2.'"


    15. Wilson Cruz as Ricky on My So-Called Life


    "Wilson Cruz really brought Ricky to life. Realer than a lot of actual people I know! The character was groundbreaking."


    16. Arón Piper as Ander on Elite


    "The whole cast is perfect, but the best choice was Aron Piper as Ander. He was PERFECTION."


    17. Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    "You forgot the most important one: Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy in BTVS. Perfection."


    18. Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus in Shadowhunters


    "Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus is amazing and made his character much more likable than when I read the books."


    19. Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia on The 100

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    "Who else could play Octavia so beautifully? She KILLS every scene she's in."


    20. Ben McKenzie as Ryan on The O.C.


    "He did so well at being angsty and keeping the mystery to Ryan while saying so much with his brooding stare."


    21. Troian Bellisario as Spencer on Pretty Little Liars


    "Troian was for sure on a different level than the other girls. She carried the group scenes and stood out in comparison."


    22. Blake Lively as Serena on Gossip Girl

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    "I feel like Blake Lively doesn’t get enough credit for playing Serena. If you see interviews with Blake, she’s so grounded and funny, but Serena is so head-in-the-clouds."


    23. And finally, Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen on Friday Night Lights


    "It’s hard to say any one person carried Friday Night Lights because they were all great. But Zach Gilford was amazing as Matt Saracen."


    Submissions have been edited for length/clarity.

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