Chace Crawford talks to his parents every day, vacations with his younger sister and — unlike his “Gossip Girl” character — says dating a married woman is “a definite no.”
Without question, success (he'll star in the Footloose remake) couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
But what else is behind those blue eyes? PEOPLE's Elizabeth Leonard and Jennifer Garcia found out.
Here's a sneak peek of the interview with PEOPLE's Hottest Bachelor!
On his first kiss: "It was fifth grade. Her name was Kiley Smith and she was my best friend's twin sister. It was one of those super-awkward things. We were at camp, on a lake, really picturesque — it’s kind of seared into memory! We're still friends."
On a perfect date: "All you need is a pool table, beer, an electric jukebox and good conversation. The day a girl beats me in a game of Beirut [a kind of beer pong] is a good sign!"
On being single: "I'm not not looking for a girlfriend — but I'm not particularly looking for a girlfriend, either. I'm not knocking having a relationship; at the end of the day, you want to share with someone. But I just look at it as, I have the rest of my life to do that. I'm not in any rush."
On dating Carrie Underwood: "I have nothing bad to say about that experience. It was awesome. I just didn't know how to deal with it. I learned a ton about dating someone in that kind of spotlight. It was such a whirlwind, but no regrets."
On the made-up gay rumors about him and co-star Ed Westwick: "You know what we really did the first time we heard it? Ed goes, 'Oh, did you hear that rumor about us being gay?' I was like, 'Yeah, man.' He starts laughing and we're kind of like, 'Okay, you want to go play pool and have a beer?' " For more photos and more intimate Chace details, pick up PEOPLE's Hottest Bachelors issue, on newsstands Friday.