May 29, 2017

“Gossip Girl’s” Simon Miller is coping with life as a hottie When someone is proclaimed to be a hottie on “Gossip Girl,” they have to be especially hot — because Armani advertisement-level attractiveness is the rule of the day on the CW series that returns Monday (9/26) in its new 8 o’clock timeslot. Such is the case with Simon Miller, whose return as Patrick is causing a stir amongst “Gossip Girl” fans.

“I’m always shocked when I see someone saying ‘Simon Miller Hottie,’ or the hottest guy. I’m like, ‘You’re kidding,’” he insists. “I was definitely a late bloomer. I was more like the brooding poet type when I was in high school. I never felt like I was going to be one of the popular kids,” he says. “But acting, for me, has always been a way to explore other people I could have been in life.”

Miller is also still surprised to get recognized when he’s out and about. Although, he says, “I actually get a lot of fans on Facebook who ask me stuff, and I’m happy to respond to them. They’re from all over the world, China, Mexico….” What do they ask him? “They always want to know acting stuff: ‘Is it hard to act?’ ‘How do you pretend to be somebody else?’” Then there are the offers. “This really cute girl from Germany asked me if I could find her a place to live. I was like, ‘Why don’t you search online for a place in L.A.?’ And she says, ‘I was hoping I could stay with you a little bit.’ That one took me back a little. You never know when you might be facing a ‘Fatal Attraction’ kind of thing.”

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