updated 06/16/2009 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/17/2009 AT 8:20 AM ET
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? 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 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.”
For more photos and more intimate Chace details, pick up PEOPLE’s Hottest Bachelors issue, on newsstands Friday.
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