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He’s on the List

Model-turned-actor Colin Egglesfield talks shop—and the Grey area.  

Star of The Client List Colin Egglesfield

Your girlfriend knows him as Josh Madden on All My Children and the object of Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson’s romantic tug of war in Something Borrowed. You—unwittingly—know him as the former model on millions of boxes of Calvin Klein underwear and the fortunate guy starring opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt on Lifetime’s hit series The Client List. And while there have been some lean years since Colin Egglesfield started his acting career more than a decade ago, the Crete, Ill., native feels like he’s finally arrived. “This business can be very glamorous, and it can be very humbling at the same time,” he says. “I mean, imagine going to a hundred job interviews and just hearing ‘No, no, no,’ or ‘We really like you, we’ll consider you.’ Then you go in for your third or fourth audition, and the other guy gets it. It can be heartbreaking. But this is where I’ve always wanted to be. This is what I’ve worked so hard for.” And the hard work is paying off. The Client List is now in its second season and even attracting a sizable male audience, and the 40-year-old actor’s name is among several A-listers connected to the role of Christian Grey in the highly anticipated film adaptation of E.L. James’ best-seller, Fifty Shades of Grey. Though he has an active life in Los Angeles—he recently completed the L.A. Marathon—Egglesfield returns to Chicago when he can, especially for the Taste of Lincoln Avenue and to visit his family. The actor credits his Midwestern roots for keeping him focused and grounded in the fickle entertainment industry. “People in the Midwest have an amazing work ethic, and I feel like I’ve carried that with me out here,” he says. “I know very well that with this business you can’t get too comfortable with where you’re at because nothing lasts forever.”  

Egglesfield’s Hots
Homeland, Ink. restaurant in L.A., his five nieces and nephews, Thai massage

Egglesfield’s Nots 
iPhone addicts, talking in a movie theater, blasting music in your earbuds, traffic