We’ve been obsessed with the male leads on Gossip Girl since the series premiered in 2007. What can we say: Hot clothes and even hotter men is a combination we can’t resist. When they were younger, lusting after these young bucks seemed a little wrong… but now it feels oh-so-right. Looks like Chace Crawford, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick and GG newbie Hugo Becker are the latest objects of our affection. XOXO — SheKnows
Born: July 18, 1985
Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
For a hot Hollywood second, there was a battle of best hair between Chace and Zac Efron. We think pretty-faced Chace came out on top, especially now that he’s gone from “It” boy to “It” man. Onscreen, Chace’s character Nate Archibald has survived everything from a near live-in relationship with Blair Waldorf, played by Leighton Meester, to being homeless.
Fun factoid: He’s been the voice of several characters for the cartoon series Family Guy.
Salient quote: “I feel like I’m still a teenager because I’m perpetually in high school.” [People]
Born: June 27, 1987
Hometown: London, England
Say it to us, Ed: “I’m Chuck Bass.” Swoon! Westwick has the uncanny ability to make brooding, conniving Chuck Bass sometimes seem as vulnerable as a teddy bear. Bass’s chemistry-soaked relationship with Blair, whether they’re together or not, is what keeps us coming back to the show. Also, we could listen to Westwick’s real-life British accent all day.
Fun factoid: Westwick dated GG co-star Jessica Szohr from 2008 to 2010. He reportedly said that “girlfriends are too much of a headache” around the time the couple broke up.
Salient quote: About Gossip Girl: “It’s still cool and I love the people we work with, but it’s time to do something else. It feels like high school now. It’s been four years and everyone has kind of grown up, dated each other, broken up, dated each other again, broken up again… ” [The Block]
Born: November 1, 1986
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Geek girls appreciate GG’s hot-and-nerdy Dan Humphrey, who’s living his dream of being a writer. In real life, we remember Penn Badgley from the movie John Tucker Must Die and, more recently, Easy A.
Fun factoid: Penn dated Gossip Girl co-star Blake Lively (she’s now rumored to be dating Ryan Reynolds) from 2007 to 2010. He’s now dating Zoe Kravitz, Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet’s daughter.
Salient quote: On relationships: “If you’re with someone, you need to be benefiting from it. If you’re not really talking and connecting, then f**king don’t be in one. Just break up.” [Cosmopolitan]
Born: May 13, 1986
What would high-society NYC be without a real, live prince? Enter Hugo Becker, who plays Prince Louis Grimaldi (and Blair Waldorf’s love interest), heir to Monaco’s throne. Becker came to Gossip Girl late in the series after playing mostly French roles, and we’re sure glad he did!
Fun factoid: Hugo recently directed the music video for the song “Les Cours des Lycées” by French singer/songwriter Damien Saez.
Salient quote: About being the new kid on GG: “I would certainly have been [intimidated] if they were not all so welcoming with me. The cast, as well as the crew, is only made of talented people with a great sense of humor. Thus, you feel like you’ve known for a while very quickly.” [Zap2it]