Chace Crawford in Wonderland!

Before actor Chace Crawford made all the girls swoon on Gossip Girl, he was just your average male model. Having the modeling and acting professions under his belt, it is understandable why he is dynamite in a new editorial for Wonderland magazine! Previously, Chace played Viggo for Interview magazine, but in this shoot Chace shows off his modeling expertise, hitting odd and mischievous poses! Chace was photographed for the magazine by Alexi Lubomirski, paired with an accompanying article about his 24 year old life. After the jump, see more photos from the shoot and an excerpt from the article!

When the actor Chace Crawford removes his baseball cap and pulls up a chair at the Belmont Lounge, a relatively low-key Young Hollywood hangout in the centre of Los Angeles that’s akin to a high-priced dive bar, it is impossible not to get lost in his eyes. They are so electric, so transfixingly ice blue that they deserve their own colour in a box of Crayola Crayons. They are such showstoppers that on the set of Twelve (Crawford’s upcoming film, and his first big-screen starring feature role since Gossip Girl became a worldwide phenomenon), his co-star, the rapper 50 Cent, joked that Crawford has “Skyline Eyes”.

“I’m not going to say it’s hurt me,” Crawford says of his boyish features, which also include his now-signature bushy eyebrows. “I’ve got to thank my mom, though. She’s a beautiful woman. She bestowed on me some good genes.”

Indeed, this summer Crawford’s good genes earned him the much-coveted title of People magazine’s Hottest Bachelor for 2009. Not bad for a college dropout who, just a few short years ago, was earning money by valeting cars at the ocean-front restaurant Geoffrey’s in Malibu.

Crawford, who turned 24 in July, grew up near Dallas, the son of a dermatologist (his father) and a teacher (his mother). (His sister, Candice, just graduated from college and hopes to pursue a career in sports broadcasting.) The story of Crawford’s first encounter with acting is right out of High School Musical or the new Fox sitcom Glee. In high school, Crawford was a football player, even if, he says, he was into art and painting. But during his senior year, the drama teacher asked him to audition for a role in a production of The Boyfriend.

“I sang the National Anthem,” Crawford recalls. He got the part. “It was a good little role and something about it was just fun, but it didn’t even really trigger anything in me.”

After high school, he landed at Pepperdine, a small Jesuit college on the beach in Malibu. A year later, he dropped out to do some soul searching. “I was just sort of confused and didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Crawford explains. “Everyone there seemed like they knew what they wanted to do, which is, of course, complete bullshit. So I took off.”

During that time off – a time when he was valeting cars, “flooring down the street and back” – a friend convinced him that he should meet her commercial agent. “I didn’t realise how much money one commercial could give you. I’d done minimal modelling in Dallas, and just hated it. I met him, and he goes, ‘Can you do improv?’ And I’m like, ‘What’s improv?
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