Happy Birthday, Chace Crawford!
Gossip Girl heartthrob Chace Crawford celebrates his 23rd birthday today. Happy birthday, Chace! We wonder if he'll do something in NYC or hang out in the Hamptons to celebrate -- the cast has been shooting some season two episodes at Hamptons hotspots this summer.
It's hard to believe that a year ago, we barely knew who this talented guy was. Since fall '07, Chace has burst onto the scene thanks to his gig as Nate on Gossip Girl. What a year he's had! Professionally, Chace has gotten comfortable living in NYC with fellow castmate and friend Ed Westwick. We think he's really grown as an actor -- when Nate was first introduced in the pilot, he seemed one-note, but Chace made us realize there's more to Nate than just girl trouble. As the season went on, we saw that Nate's not just a confused guy torn between two best friends -- he's got real problems and pressures that affect his future. And Chace did an amazing job showing us how Nate deals with some serious issues. In just the first half of the season, Nate fought with his embezzling, drug-dealing dad and tried to reason with a mom who's perpetually in denial. He staved off major pressure from his parents to propose to Blair, even though it meant he was no longer the good son. And his seemingly untouchable friendship with Chuck suffered when Nate discovered Chuck and Blair had shared a night of passion. Fortunately, those two have made amends, and we're looking forward to another season of Chuck/Nate escapades!
After a one-night stand with Serena and the end of his long-term relationship with Blair, Nate dabbled in a relationship with Vanessa that ended along with the first season of Gossip Girl. The finale alluded to Nate and Serena getting back together, but we're also hearing that Nate will be hooking up with a thirtysomething cougar in season two. We're excited to see what Nate's up to this fall!
On a personal level, Chace's own dating life made the news when gossip mags found out about his short-lived relationship with Carrie Underwood (the two later broke up via text message). Since the breakup, the Texas native has stayed single and recently revealed his perfect date: playing the Wii, hitting a concert, or taking in a basketball game. Ladies, take note!
We here at The CW Source hope Chace has a fantastic 23rd birthday celebration. Post your birthday wishes for Chace here!