Chace Crawford Dishes On His 'Departure' From 'Gossip Girl' Persona For Drug Dealer In 'Twelve'

By Eileen Reslen

Colin Farrell, Jude Law and Johnny Depp. What do these actors have in common? Well, besides being irresistibly sexy, women love them for being some of the most daring Hollywood bad boys.


And as much as some girls hate to admit it, deep down every gal loves a bit of excitement and danger. Now add model good looks into the mix and that is a recipe no girl on the planet will be able to resist.

So when it came to casting for the new gritty drama “Twelve,” it makes perfect sense that director Joel Schumacher offered the role of resident bad boy to hottie Chace Crawford.

"We had a big long meeting about it and it was of high interest for me to work with [Joel],” Chace told MTV News at the premiere. “And it was good; it was a good departure from 'Gossip Girl.' It worked out well because I'm in the city.”

It’s no question the TV star heats up the screen as the distressed playboy Nate Archibald, but can Chace pull off signature “don’t care” attitude that makes all bad boy lovers swoon?

"Nate's not up to much [next season],” Chace said. “I guess there's several other girls coming along, but ... it's good to kind of do something different and switch up and have a nice dichotomy."

However the CW hunk admits the new role of White Mike is not just a stretch from his GG character Nate, but also from his own real-life, southern gentleman roots. “I'm from Texas,” he said. “It's a different story."

But although this pretty boy may not have any previous street cred to bring to the part, Chace said he wasted no time getting to know the ins and outs of a true drug dealer. "I had to learn the cadence of the city and the way they operate things,” he said.

Perhaps a fellow cast member who knows a thing or two about a rougher upbringing can offer up some solid advice. 50 Cent co-stars in “Twelve”, but according to Chace, looks like these days you might have a better chance of seeing the best-selling rapper (who was shot nine times) dodging balls on a golf course than dodging bullets.

"I thought he might have some sort of persona he was trying to project, but he's easygoing," Chace said. "He's not trying to create some character. He wants to be a serious actor. I respect it. He was getting his tattoos lasered off while we were shooting and we had some good talks. I mean, he's cool. He lives in Connecticut and he's a super nice guy. Very intellectual."

Will you be seeing "Twelve" this weekend? Do you think Chace can pull off playing a drug dealer?