WHY HIM A graceful jump from small screen to big. Plus, like Felicity, we'd have picked Ben.
WHY NOW Turns in ''Underworld'' and ''My Life Without Me.''
Crockett and Tubbs, eat your hearts out: Speedman had the pastel accessory a few years ago. ''I was staying on my mom's couch in Toronto, kinda depressed, looking for work,'' he says of the period before he was cast as ''Felicity'''s moody Ben. ''It was a very '80s-inspired pink-and-green couch in a small room with glass doors, so there wasn't very much privacy. Babes loved itI'm sure the fact that my mom could watch was a turn on.'' Speedman, who just finished promoting his two new films at the Toronto International Film Festival, points out that some things never change: ''I'm at the Four Seasons, and the decor is remarkably the same as my mom's apartmentthey both share the same fascination with pastels.'' In the next five years, Speedman hopes to be surrounded by more natural colors than those on that old couch he called home. ''I want to buy a cabin and a rowboat and learn how to fish,'' he says. ''It's nice to be solitary sometimes. It has a Zen-like quality to it.''