Who says nothing good can come out of the sad unraveling of a fake relationship? For Jake Pavelka, his recent "heartbreak" led to some stirring acting scenes.
In an upcoming episode of Drop Dead Diva, Camille Guaty plays a reality star dumped on live TV by a Bachelor-like cad - played by the former Bachelor star.
In the climactic scene, Pavelka's character Toby must choose between two women, and Guaty's character, Wendy, goes into hysterics when he rejects her.
Pavelka had the perfect inspiration to play the villain, of course - he shot his scene last Monday, the same day he split with alleged fiancee Vienna Girardi.
They broke up amid rumors she was cheating with Gregory Michael.
For Jake Pavelka, it was art imitating life. Kind of.
"Jake literally discovered the shocking news about Vienna while on set, moments before shooting this scene for the first time," Guaty tells Us Weekly.
As a result? "He did an incredible job!" the actress gushed.
Pavelka's real-life heartbreak, she added, "gave him something to work with ... I just told him to stay focused and use what happened towards the scene."
Seems like it worked, according to his counterpart:
"Let's just say that when we were discussing this scene beforehand, Jake found it really difficult to tell me that I wasn't the one," she said. "And after he heard the news from Vienna, it seemed like second nature to him ... I guess we have Vienna to thank!"
Ahh, don't we all, Camille. Don't we all. Just hope he doesn't make a fist at you or any of your Drop Dead Diva co-stars ... things could get ugly fast.