It usually doesn't turn out very well when reality show stars attempt to act. The pop-culture landscape is riddled with such cringe-worthy detritus as "From Justin to Kelly" (the 2003 Kelly Clarkson/Justin Guarini team-up) and Bristol Palin's appearance on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."
But when people who become famous for being themselves play themselves, things tend to go a bit more smoothly.
While we don't see any Emmy awards in her near future, Khloé Kardashian Odom's brief but actually awesome cameo on Monday night's episode of "Law & Order: LA" -- in which her (fictional) publicist has been gunned down, a la Ronni Chasen -- bears this out.
When the detectives played by Corey Stoll and Alfred Molina interrupt her during a boxing workout to ask her about her relationship with the deceased PR flack, it leads to a classic line about an outfit her publicist had told her to wear to the Golden Globes. "The dress made my ass look like a pancake!" quips Kardashian Odom.