Chace Crawford in Cosmo Girl



Sitting across from Chace Crawford at his favorite New York diner, it's a hard not to notice the stares. A customer mistakes him for Zac Efron: "You were great in Hairspray!"

Chace just laughts it off. Apparently this happens all the time. But while Chace may resemble Zac a little, there's no doubt that he's becoming a star in his own right--and that soon, everyone will know his name. On The CW'S Gossip Girl, the 22-year-old plays Nate Archibald, a rich city boy with a heart of gold. Like his character, Chace went to private school. But that's where the similarities end--the "high life" Nate leads couldn't be more different from Chace's laid-back lifestyle. "Simplicity, that's what it's all about," he says. "I like to keep things simple, from what I wear to who I'm friends with." (Pssst: His best friend is Taylor Kitsch from Friday Night Lights!)

He developed that low-key attitude growing up in Texas, where he spent the summer at this grandparents' lake house. "My friends and I have epic stories from the lake," he says. "We'd cruise on the water on Jet Skis, then drive around the country at night. It was the highlight of my high school years." These days, Chace likes to spend his downtime watching football games with his roommate, Ed Westwick (who plays Chuck on GG), or catching concerts in Central Park. But he's also keeping his eyes open for romance. "I'm ready to have a girlfriend,""But I could never date a girl like Blair Waldorf. She's always giving Nate attitude!" says the star, who's been spending time with Carrie Underwood. When he does meet that special girl, you won't be seeing him in New York. "I'll probably settle down somewhere in the country," he says. "It's my roots. It's in my blood."

Name: Chace Crawford
Birthday: July 18th 1985
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Favorite Color: Midnight Blue (LOL)
My Definition of a Gossip Girl is: Someone witha lot of time on their hands
My First Kiss was: My Best Friend's Sister
What makes Gossip Girl so alluring is: How many licks does it take to get to the center?
I just love it when a girl: Sings Guns N' Roses
The last time I cried was: After Tony Romo's 5th Interception before halftime
The real thing that guys dream about 100 times a day is: How to become 007 and subtly overtake the world with a Tux and British accent
The best lesson my mom taught me is: Go ask your Father
The last thing I Googled was: "Laundry: How To"
Anyone I date must be: An Animal lover
The girl's I've dated would say I'm: Unpredictable

Which do you prefer?

Texting or Calling: Texting
Board Games or Video Games: Board Games
Staying at a Hotel or Staying with Relatives: Staying with Relatives
Fast Food or Fancy Restaurants: Fast Food

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You were doing so well until you made that Blair comment, bb.