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Chace Crawford is named Hottest Bachelor

The “Gossip Girl” star has tongues wagging by hitting the top of PEOPLE magazine’s annual list of the hunkiest and hottest. But Crawford says he’s really an old-fashioned guy. “I'm not not looking for a girlfriend,” he says. “But , I have the rest of my life to do that. I'm not in any rush."
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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.