Chace Crawford: Snapshot

Name
Chace Crawford
Date of Birth
July 18, 1985
Birth Place
Plano, Texas
Being the steamiest – and arguably the prettiest – star on Gossip Girl, Chace Crawford has already put his heartthrob stamp on pop culture from American Idol (ahem, Carrie Underwood) to Perez Hilton – who can't stop ogling him!

While cracking the books at Pepperdine University, the Texas-bred cutie got his first break in 2006's The Covenant – one of those scary movies with pretty people – before ruling the New York prep school scene as Nate Archibald on Gossip Girl, with Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick. Cementing his hotness, Crawford topped PEOPLE's Hottest Bachelors list in 2009.

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Chace Crawford: Five Fun Facts

  1. Chace Crawford played beer pong with Lauren Conrad at Justin Timberlake's New York restaurant, Southern Hospitality. "We have friends in the same circles," he told PEOPLE.
  2. Chace Crawford's first Valentine was his first girlfriend in the sixth grade. "I gave her a mix tape," he told PEOPLE.
  3. After making it big on Gossip Girl, Chace Crawford ended his life online. "I had to take them down after a while," he told the New York Times of cancelling his Facebook and MySpace accounts.
  4. Chace Crawford shared an apartment in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood with Gossip Girl costar Ed Westwick.
  5. Chace Crawford's Gossip Girl costar Penn Badgley initially wanted to play Nate Archibald. "Eventually they found Chace, and once I saw him I was like, 'Nah, I'm not that guy. I definitely can't do that,'" Badgley tells the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Chace Crawford: Biography

2000s

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Chace's University Days

Crawford, the son of a dermatologist, works as a model while attending Trinity Christian Academy. After graduation in 2003, he heads west to Malibu's Pepperdine University. "Everyone else knew what they wanted to do," Crawford tells Teen Vogue in 2007. "But not me – I was the lone wolf." He eventually tries his hand at auditioning for commercials.

2006

Chace Crawford

September 04

The Covenant

Crawford lands his first major role in the supernatural thriller, The Covenant (right). He plays one of the four males leads, which includes the equally gorgeous Taylor Kitsch of NBC's Friday Night Lights. The film opens at No. 1, grossing more than $23 million.

2007

Chace Crawford

September 19

Gossip Girl: Being Nate Archibald

Crawford dons prep school blazers and khakis to play conflicted hunk Nate Archibald in Gossip Girl, The CW's adaptation of the juicy novels by Cecily von Ziegesar. The teen drama follows a group of rich New York City Upper East Siders. "I'm proud to be part of a show that's kind of redefining what it means to be a hit show with today's younger generation that is very media-savvy," Crawford (pictured with onscreen girlfriend Leighton Meester) tells the Los Angeles Times. The series costars Blake Lively (Serena), Penn Badgley (Dan), Ed Westwick (Chuck) and Taylor Momsen (Jenny).

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Stephen Danelian/Corbis

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Splash News Online; Everett Collection; CW

Edited by Julia Wang

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