Jesse recently did a great interview with Mirror where he discussed being a sex symbol, being single, and working on his shows “Chase” and “Dallas.” The article also features an amazing new photoshoot with Josh Baskin. Read all about it below!
He might have one of the best bodies in the business, but that’s not all there is to Jesse Metcalfe.
Yes, in his five years as the sexy gardener on Desperate Housewives he shared his naked torso with women around the world.
But, he insists, there is more to him than meets the eye.
“There is definitely more to me than my physical appearance,” he insists. “But I have to embrace it. It’s not the worst thing in the world, having that sex symbol status.
“You need to have a bit of a sense of humour about yourself, though – I get asked to take my top off on a daily basis.”
So what do his fans actually say, and is he ever tempted?
“I do have the cheesiest of cheesy chat-up lines used on me,” he admits. “Like, ‘Will you come do my gardening?’ or a variation on that. It’s quite shocking how X-rated it gets. I’ve even had women chasing me down the street.”
Luckily, Jesse hasn’t been caught yet, and remains single at 32.
He dated Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle on and off for two years and, more recently, actress Cara Santana. But he says carrying on a relationship in the limelight isn’t easy.
“Having a profile means you have to be cautious of who you let into your world as you don’t know if they’re being genuine or not.
“But it’s more that it can be a strain on your relationships. The reason so many celebrities try to keep things secret is you want the chance to get to know someone without the glare of public scrutiny.”
Does dating someone who works in the industry make things any easier? “I don’t think there’s any steadfast rule,” says Jesse, who grew up in Connecticut in the US, but now lives in Beverly Hills.
“You connect with who you connect with and if your feelings are strong enough then you’ll make that work.
“I don’t have a type. But one thing I can say from my dating experience is that a physical attraction will only take you so far. So you definitely have to have a strong intellectual connection as well.”
Jesse is hopeful he’ll find that special relationship in the future.
“I’d love to get married and have kids one day,” he says. “I just don’t think it will be any time soon.”
Whoever the lucky girl is, she will have to put up with some pretty raunchy scenes between her fella and a long line of stunning stars. And then there will be years of re-runs of his steamy scenes as John Rowland in Desperate Housewives with, among others, Eva Longoria.
In his latest TV drama, Chase, his romantic liaisons are relatively low-key. But his role in the much-anticipated new series of Dallas sees him in some pretty passionate clinches. In his own words, he starts the show “with a bang – literally and figuratively”.
Jesse joins the Ewings in Dallas next year
“I get seduced by a French woman in the locker room of a country club,” says Jesse, who plays Christopher Ewing, the adopted son of Bobby Ewing, in the follow-up to the legendary 80s series.
“It was a very funny scene to shoot as the actress and I were aggressively, passionately kissing and we banged heads and practically knocked each other out.
“She had a bump on her nose which they had to ice. Love scenes really aren’t always as glamorous as people think.”
Still, it’s better than a day in the office?
“Definitely!” laughs Jesse. “And also having this opportunity of being part of the reboot of Dallas is really exciting.”
Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray reprise their original roles as JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing.
“I didn’t really watch Dallas growing up as I was a bit young and in to other things, like sports,” says Jesse.
“But it’s great to have the old guard in it. Larry Hagman is amazing. He’s lived a colourful life and always has a story to tell. At 80, he still has that mischievous glint in his eye everyone fell in love with in the original. People love to watch him manipulate and womanise.”
Jesse’s profile is set to rocket when Dallas hits screens next year, but he feels more ready to deal with it this time around.
After shooting into the limelight with Desperate Housewives he had to check himself into rehab in 2007 – but he doesn’t think there’s any risk of a repeat of that.
“Once the show started to air I was invited to lots of great parties, like Elton John’s Oscar after-parties, and I was rubbing shoulders with some really big stars. It was a huge shock, quite a whirlwind.
“But I’ve experience under my belt now and I know how to navigate this industry a lot better. There are a lot of things about being famous that you never really get used to and there are always going to be prying eyes and people waiting for you to mess up.
“All of us have dark moments we’re not so proud of but unfortunately when it goes on in the public arena you have to be strong enough to handle that.
“For a long time I lived as though I was still a regular guy and that got me into a bit of trouble. Now I understand what it means to be a ‘celebrity’. You have to be very careful not to let your professional life bleed into your personal life. It’s a privilege to act and you have to protect and cherish it.”
For now, Jesse is excited about his new role in cop drama Chase.
“It’s a guy’s dream,” he says. “We trained with the FBI and the US Marshals. I got to shoot a lot of guns and learn how to clear rooms and arrest people. It was fun.”
As Desperate Housewives heads for its final series next year, would Jesse go back? “I’d definitely consider it,” he says. “To be in the final season would be exciting.”
And he wouldn’t complain if his character hooked up with Eva Longoria again, either. “Everyone was jealous,” he laughs. “Male and female. I think the world of Eva.
“I’ve done all right as far as co-stars are concerned. I guess that’s the one part of my career I don’t need to overthink.”
CHASE STARTS ON FRIDAY AT 10PM ON SKY LIVING.
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