Lyndon Smith On 'Parenthood' For Season 5

08/09/2013 09:39 am ET

Drew's life just got a lot more complicated on "Parenthood."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "90210" actress Lyndon Smith has joined the upcoming fifth season of the NBC drama as a love interest from Drew (Miles Heizer). He'll meet Smith's character Natalie as a freshman at Berkeley, and although he has a huge crush on her, she's only willing to be friends ... with occasional benefits.

"We really wanted to focus on that first year of college and what that's like for Drew," executive producer Jason Katims told THR. "He struggles a little to try to figure out where he is. I like the idea of there being obstacles for him at college and [having it] not be simple."

Drew's sister Amber (Mae Whitman) will being dealing with romantic issues of her own, especially because it appears wedding bells are ringing for her and Ryan (Matt Lauria) based on the first Season 5 "Parenthood" promo.

In addition to Smith -- who will be recurring "heavily," according to Deadline -- other new "Parenthood" Season 5 cast members include All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter, "Office" alum David Denman, "Lost's" Sonya Walger and "Drop Dead Diva" alum Josh Stamberg.

"Parenthood" returns for Season 5 on Thursday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET.

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