#ThankYouAustin @AustinBasis as JT on #BATB via @stacyamiller85 #Beasties @cwbatb

Cast Appreciation Week continues today as Beasties acknowledge and give thanks to the man behind JT Forbes, Austin Basis.

Beauty and the Beast’s JT Forbes had spent his life with his head buried in books or focused on computers. He was considered a nerd, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Meeting and befriending Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) was perhaps the best thing ever to happen to him. Sure, JT’s involvement with beasts has placed him in countless dangerous situations but it also introduced him to Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), who has become a good friend and her younger sister, Heather (Nicole Anderson) his honorary little sister.

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A love life for JT also came from his friendship with Vincent. He embarked on a romantic relationship with Catherine’s best friend Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello). The cop and the professor, an unlikely pairing that worked.

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However, the beast drama not only destroyed Vincent’s life but torn apart JT and Tess. She felt that his obsession with beasts occupied his thoughts and time. Tess just wanted a normal life with a career and the man she loved.

Now that Catherine and Vincent’s lives have been turned upside down with running away forever looking like their only option, JT has been working on securing them new identities.

Whatever happens in the life of JT Forbes, we give thanks to Austin Basis for his professionalism and his kindness. You made JT a character we’ll always love and never forget.

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