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Unlike, say, super-modest Robert Pattinson, Chace Crawford won't claim that he's an unattractive young man.

Before he landed film and TV work, the Gossip Girl star famously supported himself as a corny catalog model in Dallas.

"I hated modeling," he tells Women's Wear Daily.

Today, Crawford, 24, tags himself a "hot boy," and acknowledges that much of his current success has to do with his matinee-idol looks. "I'm not ignorant to the fact that part of the reason why [Gossip Girl]'s popular and part of the reason [why] people want to see it is to be like, 'Oh, novelty boy! Hot boy! Pretty boy'’" he tells WWD.

But he doesn't mind: "That's all fine and good," he says. "It is what it is."

Crawford hopes to parlay his TV stardom into big-league film gigs. He says that he'd like to model his career after other former "novelty boys" Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Cruise and Paul Newman. For now, though, he's attached to cut loose in the lead role of a remake of the 1980s classic Footloose.

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