updated 05/15/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/15/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT
What appealed to Jonathan Pontell, a former Ally executive producer, was Le Gros's "great dry sense of humor." Plus, says Greg Germann (Fish), "the girls on the show are really crazy about him." Le Gros, the only child of a Redlands, Calif., real estate agent (now deceased) and his teacher wife, says he took up acting in high school "just to meet girls." At 19, he was serious enough to drop out of the University of California at Irvine and move to L.A., where he found steady work in TV and films. Married to photographer Kristina Loggia, 39, and the father of two sons, ages 6 and 3, Le Gros, says Kristina, is "a great dad." He is, however, just a so-so golfer. "I'm lucky if I break 100," he admits. Mostly he spends 15-hour days on Ally, where, says Le Gros, "everyone's been really nice. They haven't tied me up and lathered me with whipped cream." Just wait.