updated 05/03/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/03/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Although Shue grew up the "normal-looking" third of four soccer-crazed siblings in South Orange, N.J., he has one feature women can't get enough of. "His skin is perfect." complains Melrose costar Courtney Thorne-Smith. "You want to kill him. Every seven months or so, he gets a tiny blemish, and we're all so excited. It's not fair. No pimples and no fat."
Shue's complexion may turn heads (he gets mounds of fan mail each week at Melrose Place), but he keeps his own screwed on straight. "Sure, I get some letters, but it's not that huge a thing." As to looks, "I prefer the word attractive to the word beautiful," he says. "Real beauty is when somebody is very natural and sincere. What people say and do is much more important to me, but I'd be crazy if I said looks don't matter, because they do." Nor is he much of a fashion plate. He dresses mostly in soccer sweats and doesn't own a single suit. "I like things pretty simple. I got a gift certificate to The Gap, but I bought T-shirts."
Shue lives in a three-bedroom Hollywood house with two Dartmouth buddies and little else. Away from the camera, he plays soccer and "imitates John F. Kennedy on his answering machine"—complete with a mean Boston accent—reports his older sister, actress Elisabeth (Soapdish) Shue, who describes her brother as "a real gentleman." On the romance front, Shue is currently rumored to be dating Thorne-Smith. In real life he is much less shy than his Melrose alter ego, Billy. "If you like someone, you can't just take the easy road and think she'll pick up on it. You have to risk it and go over, and if she doesn't like you, well, you've learned something." Anybody ready for the graduate course?