JASON LEWIS
Sex and the City's "Absolut hunk," 37, offers his own absolutes

WHAT ATTRACTS HIM TO A WOMAN
"People who are confident are much funnier and easier with themselves. Don't take yourself too seriously."

EASIEST DRESSING ADVICE
"Guys, wear cashmere. Girls like to touch it."

MOST DEPENDABLE FEMALE IN HIS LIFE
His dog, Benga (pictured). "I'm a nurturer—I like to love and feed and hold and care for. Maybe too much: Benga barely puts up with it. She's constantly running away from me."

WHAT'S YOUR BEST MOVE?
"I'm pretty direct. If I'm interested in someone, I just come right out and let them know."

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David Cook
The American Idol winner, 25, shows his shy side

SURE, HE SINGS NICELY. BUT CAN HE COOK?
"I make a mean egg sandwich! Butter some toast, make an egg or two, over-hard, add salt and pepper. Maybe a slice of cheese if I'm feeling crazy."

IS THERE ANYTHING THIS GUY CAN'T DO?
"I can sing in front of a million people, but looking a pretty woman in the eye and convincing her I'm worth taking a chance on is different. It takes a specific brand of guts, and it's not the kind I have."

BEST (NONVOCAL) ASSET
"Nice lips. I get that a lot, and most of the time people say it factually, not seductively. I'm uncomfortable being called a sex symbol—that's a lot of pressure!"

WHAT HE FINDS SEXY IN A WOMAN
"I'm a sucker for eyes and a smile."

WHAT'S YOUR BEST MOVE?
"I don't have a secret weapon. I just do what I do—open doors, pay for meals, be a gentleman—and if it works, it works. If not, I just go home."

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GERARD BUTLER
The 300 star, 38, recalls his worst date ever

"A few years ago, I went out with a girl and we were having a great time. I remember thinking, 'I really got this.' She went to the toilet, and I thought, 'You know what? I'm also going to go to the toilet.' Maybe it took me a little longer to get out of there than I thought. I came back and she was gone. So I said to the waiter, 'What happened?' The waiter said, 'She came out and stood around the table and then she left.' I ran outside and she was nowhere to be seen. I never saw her again! We went from having this great date to completely losing each other."

WHAT'S YOUR BEST MOVE?
"'Have you seen 300?' No, I'm just joking. I've always prided myself on not having standard pick-up lines, which makes things that much more unpredictable and a little scary, but this means the stuff that comes out of my mouth is a little bit fresher."

TERRENCE HOWARD
The Iron Man star, 39, and single dad shares dating advice

BE HONEST
"I'm the most arrogant person you'll ever meet, and any woman I date has to know that. Life is too short to pretend that you're okay with somebody when you're not."

INCLUDE THE KIDS
"My children know that I'm looking for the right person. They should understand the nature of the birds and the bees so that they can be better partners for the mate that they ultimately choose in life."

HAVE OPTIONS
"The greatest number of women I've dated [concurrently] was 12. I've had four women come to my hotel and we all painted [pictures] together. I was just trying to see which one I like the most."

AFTER TWO MARRIAGES TO THE SAME WOMAN, YOU LEARN
"Forever is a long time to wear the wrong ring."

WHAT'S YOUR BEST MOVE?
"A line from The Nutty Professor with Jerry Lewis: 'Look sweetheart, I can have all the convenience of congenial conversations with you that you've heard from every college boy, or we can take this moment and turn it into many moments that might turn into something really special.'"

Adam Levine
The Maroon 5 frontman, 29, fesses up

FIRST DATE: DINNER OR DRINKS?
"It depends. If you really like a girl, you suggest dinner. If you just want to sleep with her, you say you just want to have a drink."

A WOMAN WANTS YOU TO CHANGE: DO IT OR DUMP HER?
"You have to strike a balance. If she says, 'I want you to start cutting your toenails more frequently,' I will say, 'Good idea. I will change that.' If she says, 'I don't want you to watch the Lakers game,' I'll say, 'Let's break up.'"

WHAT'S YOUR DEAL-BREAKER?
"Insecurity. I'm not shy, so that doesn't really mesh too well with my situation. If you need to tell a really pretty girl that they're beautiful and they say, 'No I'm not' and you're like, 'Yes you are'—if you don't know that you are, then there are problems that go way deeper than you and me."

WHAT'S YOUR BEST MOVE?
"I used to try to write songs about women that I like. But that wound up getting the best of me in the end."

BEN BARNES
The 26-year-old London-born star of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian tells what's sexy ...

... IN A WOMAN
"Talent. I am not saying she should go learn to play the oboe or anything. But talent is definitely up there."

... TO EAT ON A DATE
"Italian food—as much of it as possible. Nobody should order just a salad on a date. I am a big believer that an appetite for food is a hint to an appetite for other things."

WHAT'S YOUR BEST MOVE?
"I definitely play up the accent when I'm in America. But I am English, so it's not like I'm lying. I just use words that are different. I'll say 'petrol station' and 'sweets' instead of 'gas station' and 'candy.' It doesn't hurt to crank it up a notch or two."

Reggie Love
Barack Obama's personal aide, 26, opens his playbook

BIGGEST HURDLE HE OVERCAME TO GET A DATE
"A three-hour time-zone difference, approximately 2,000 miles and the Sex and the City movie."

WHAT ATTRACTS HIM TO A WOMAN
"Her smile."

HOW HE ATTRACTS A WOMAN
"By listening."

WOMEN MOST OFTEN COMPLIMENT ...
"My smile or height." [He's 6 feet tall.]

DATING DEAL-BREAKERS
"Not knowing who was in the NBA finals this year or not knowing who won the Super Bowl."

WILL HE CHANGE FOR THE RIGHT WOMAN?
"I stopped cooking with pepper because a woman didn't like the taste."

WHAT DOESN'T CHANGE
"I still play beer pong."

BEST DEAL-CLOSER
"Barack Obama."

WHAT'S YOUR BEST MOVE?
"The point in the conversation where I say, 'My name is Reggie Love.'"
WORST MOVE: "The point in the conversation where I say, 'My name is Reggie Love.'"

The Guys of Gossip Girl

PENN BADGLEY
"Some of the best dates I've been on were the unexpected ones, when you go try to see a movie and then miss it. You end up walking around the city doing nothing but doing everything at the same time, you know? In New York you can just take romantic walks wherever."

CHACE CRAWFORD
"I'm human, so I do like an attractive girl, but that's just the surface. For me it's about the laughs and a sense of humor, if we connect on that level. My sense of humor is sarcastic and sort of off-the-wall. So you just have to kind of get me, in a way. The girl who gets me, gets me."

ED WESTWICK
"I'm new to American dating. Back home in England, a night out at a pub is great. Now I've graduated to the dinner stage and the whole conversation thing. I'd rather grab a drink, be around music, with other people's friends around as well. It takes the pressure off."