Chace Crawford wants to “pull off a Kevin Spacey”

When the celebrity-chasing press have made more than a covert speculation you’re gay and you’re trying to disspell the rumor, making a public statement that you would love to “pull off a Kevin Spacey” isn’t going to help your argument. Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford, though, means it in the best way, saying that Spacey is one of the most versatile actors today.

Chace Crawford wants to be the next Kevin Spacey.

The ‘Gossip Girl’ actor – who plays spoilt schoolboy Nate Archibald in the US TV show – is determined not to be typecast because of his role in the hit series, and believes he has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of Hollywood’s top stars.

He said: “I want to do the edgy independent movies, like Leonardo DiCaprio did, but you have to balance it out. It’s about carving out your leading-man role. ‘Fight Club’? Yes! ‘X-Men’? Yes! All sorts of different films. ‘American Beauty’? Yes! I don’t know if I could pull off a Kevin Spacey, but I’ll try!”

[From FemaleFirst]

Crawford admits his pretty-boy image can limit him but he wants to rise above it and play meatier roles, and you can’t blame him for that. I don’t think Chase has the kind of leading-boy looks that will translate to leading-30 something man looks, so he would do well to concentrate of the art of acting. For the time being, he’s got the girls, and boys in alot of cases, swooning, so at least he can make some money on that before he has to worry about just how good his acting chops are. His healthly dose of confidence certainly won’t hurt, either.

He told VMAN magazine: “There are a lot of adverse effects of being a certain type, which I am. Look, I wouldn’t be in the business if I didn’t feel I had what it takes to have longevity.

“Everyone has a certain castability, or quality they’re always going to have to fight. I think the best remedy is to reinvent yourself. I’m not going to take the same type of role in the future.”

[From FemaleFirst]

I actually find it refreshing to hear an actor from an all-the-pretty-people, teen geared show like Gossip Girl talking about looking forward to something more than playing the hottie in a slew of teen movies. Zac Efron doesn’t seem to be worried about much more than what his next musical for Disney will be, which is what we’re used to hearing out of these pretty young things. Having the ambition to reach for better roles and the ability to play them the way that Kevin Spacey has done is admirable. Just steer clear of spanking club-boy’s bare asses in eastern European countries and you should be fine, Chase.

Chase Crawford is shown below on the set of “Gossip Girl” on 10/14/08. Kevin Spacey is shown on the set of Shrink on 6/19/08. Credit: Fame. Chace is also shown at the Filth and Wisdom premiere on 10/14/08. Credit: WENN

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  1. geronimo says:

    *Rant Alert*
    Who gives a shit if he’s gay? Or that Spacey’s gay? This speculation about people’s sexuality – WHICH HAS SWEET F*CK ALL TO DO WITH THEIR ABILITIES IN WHATEVER FIELD THEY’VE CHOSEN – is just old and tired and lame and needs to stop. It’s nobody’s business and the prurient, salacious interest that accompanies it is just pathetic. Enough!
    *Rant Over*

  2. geronimo says:

    Forgot to say, Kevin Spacey can do whatever he wants in his own time. Great, versatile actor with a really impressive CV, and Chace Crawford obviously recognises quality when he sees it, so good luck to him, hope he makes the transition to serious acting.

  3. vdantev says:

    Well Chace better get some actual talent together, because he’s not worthy to stand in Kevin Spacey’s shadow let alone follow in his footsteps.

  4. xiaoecho says:

    I read that headline as Chace Crawford wants to pull off Kevin Spacey πŸ˜•

  5. Syko says:

    πŸ˜† @xiaoecho!

    At least Chace (who the hell spells it like that, anyway?) recognizes quality when he sees it. He better start studying though, because he has a long way to go to even approach Kevin Spacey.

  6. elisha says:

    I think celebrities open themselves up to pretty much any type of speculation (regardless of what it’s about) just by the nature of being a celebrity. It DOESN’T make a difference as an actor if he’s gay or not… but straight up lying is just plain bad. A lot of the marketability for these teen idols is based on the tweeners thinking they’ll be able to marry these guys one day. Additionally, it’s a disservice to the countless gay men and women who still face ridicule, harassment, and discrimination every day. If a particular respected celeb came out, that might relieve some of the stigma or at the very least encourage some young person struggling with their sexuality that they’re not “weird”.

    So, no, it doesn’t matter if they’re gay… but Americans feel entitled to know because it comes with the job of being a celebrity. Much like those Alaska crab fisherman who face deadly conditions; they put up with it for the big paycheck. Celebrities should just deal with the prying because it’s part of the job. And they should then use their position for good instead of just getting freebies and into exclusive clubs.

    P.S. Chase Crawford is not very cute… at least not in these pics.

  7. Kaiser says:


    Other than that, what’s the big deal? I too think it’s refreshing to see a young actor who *actually* has a real actor in mind for hero-worship/emulation.

    But I don’t watch GG, so I have no idea is this kid can actually act. Can he? does anybody know? πŸ˜•

  8. Chamalla says:

    *blushes* Die hard GG fan here. It’s my guilty pleasure.

    Chace is a good actor on the show – his character isn’t the most interesting or dramatic on the show, but he does a fine job. He’s young, so he has lots of time to develop his craft, and he certainly has the looks to keep him in a job while he does.

    As an aside, he’s a lot better looking in motion on the show than he is in still pictures.

    I agree that famous folk who come out can do a lot to “normalize” homosexuality, but I still think gay and lesbian stars have the right to do it on their own terms – just like the rest of us. : )

  9. Holly says:

    Geronimo, have you ever stopped to think that it has NOTHING to do with whether or not its people’s business?

    By even acting like someone’s sexuality is a private matter that’s none of our business, we’re implying it was something to hide in the first place. By saying “its none of your business”, its saying, “I have to hide my homosexuality from all of you”. Would a hetero ever say “Its none of your business?” Absolutely not, because heterosexuality is a non issue. But if we wish to remove the hate towards homosexuals, then that requires removing the taboo, the guilt, and the shame–which means NO MORE HIDING.

    If you were gay, I’m sure you’d understand that, but since you’re coming from the perspective of another clueless hetero who just wants to be PC, I’m sure you’re very proud of how progressive you are while having no clue that you’re anything but.

  10. I choose me says:

    ^^ *Jumping to geronimo’s defense.* Woah there Holly. I totally get what geronimo is saying and I get what you’re saying but to get all pissy with someone just cause they have a different perspective doesn’t do you any favours. I too am fed up of this constant is he/she gay speculation. I look forward to the day when it isn’t an issue at all but I know that day is still a long way off because there’s still so much bigotry and hatred out there toward gay people. And I think the world needs more people like geronimo for whom someone’s sexual orientation is not an issue.

  11. geronimo says:

    Important things first, thanks, I Choose, for understanding and supporting where I was coming from earlier in my mini rant. πŸ˜€

    Holly – I’ve read your post and I feel it’s almost pointless to respond. You’ve misinterpreted – if not completely missed – the point I was making. I NEVER suggested hiding anything, merely that a person’s sexuality, regardless of what it is, is THEIR business, and not mine, unless they choose voluntarily to tell me. I’m sorry that you have a problem with my not seeing another person’s sexuality as my business. πŸ™„

  12. Chax says:

    I’m lost…is Kevin Spacey gay???

  13. vdantev says:

    There are speculations Chax, that’s about it.

  14. brista says:

    I think his acting has gotten better this season. His character seems like he has a pulse this time around, which is always a plus, I’ve found.