One look at Chris Zylka and it's clear why the young actor is in hot demand: he's drop-dead gorgeous. His looks have served him well. The actor, who got his start by modeling (big surprise), has done his fair share of TV work and has appeared in several features, but none as big as "The Amazing Spider-Man," Marvel's anticipated reboot of its most successful franchise. In the Marc Webb ("(500) Days of Summer")-directed action epic, Zylka plays Peter Parker's (Andrew Garfield) high-school nemesis Flash Thompson.
Hometown: Warren, Ohio
What He's Done: If you watch a lot of TV, chances are you're familiar with Zylka's handsome features. He got his start on the revamped "90210" series and went on to appear in "Cougar Town," "10 Things I Hate About You," "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Hannah Montana." He made his big-screen debut a memorable one by stripping down to his skivvies for Gregg Araki's horny-teen apocalyptic comedy "Kaboom," in which he played the stoner roommate of the lead character. Since "Kaboom," Zylka's stuck to the horror genre on-screen, with supporting performances in both "Shark Night 3D" and "Piranha 3DD."
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What He's Doing Now: With "The Amazing Spider-Man" just days away from opening worldwide, Zylka is touring the globe in support of his breakthrough blockbuster.
Out Magazine, Zylka admitted to being a college dropout who didn't have a roof over his head; eventually he made enough money from a job in Burbank to buy a car and move into that.
Acting and modeling aren't the only two things Zylka is passionate about. In an interview with VMan, he admitted to another love: painting. "It kind of gives you a look inside the mind, and what’s going on in the mind of whoever painted the piece," he said. "People are usually dumbfounded when they look at a piece I’ve finished. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing."
Oh, and ladies -- he's taken. The heartthrob is currently dating "Pretty Little Liars" actress Lucy Hale. Our apologies.
Quotable: "Everyone in the world knows Spider-Man,” he told Out Magazine back in February. "And to be accepted into such a large franchise was overwhelming. You have to settle yourself down and realize it is a job and I have to work and I have to be good."
Twitter Handle: @ChrisZylka
What's Next: With no projects on the horizon, Zylka is probably banking on how "The Amazing Spider-Man" will perform. If the buzz is to be believed, he'll be just fine.