If you’ve ever been irritated by a supermodel bemoaning her beauty or a dreamy hunk claiming not to understand his appeal, Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford‘s take on his good looks will come as a refreshing surprise. “I’m not ignorant to the fact that part of the reason why the show’s popular and part of the reason [why] people want to see it is to be like, ‘Oh, novelty boy! Hot boy! Pretty boy!’” he tells WWD in an interview. And PEOPLE couldn’t agree more! Not only was the star voted PEOPLE’s Hottest Bachelor this summer, but this fall Chace’s messy boy bangs and kissable lips were definitely two of the reasons we set our DVRs every Monday. But he does admit that his boyish good looks aren’t easy to achieve on a daily basis. “I have to be completely impeccably, annoyingly clean-shaven for Gossip Girl,” laughs the heartthrob, who keeps his skin perfectly smooth with Kiehl’s or Malin + Goetz face wash.