Josh Henderson has one of those faces that make you wonder how God could be so all-knowing: a perfectly upturned nose and full lips complement wide-set, heterochromatic eyes—one’s deep sea blue, the other’s turquoise.
Despite Henderson’s remarkable good looks and lengthy career, he’s never fully penetrated the cultural zeitgeist—until now, that is. As John Ross, the money hungry progeny of infamous villain J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), Henderson is being called the breakout of TNT’s Dallas reboot, which premieres tonight at 9 pm EST. With virility and down-south swagger that practically ooze through the screen, Henderson may very well be the reason you finally tell Edward Cullen to lose your number.
Provenance: Dallas, Texas
Relationship Status: Single (since 2009!)
Cheat Sheet: Likes saunas, dogs, basketball, theme parties, Survivor, and Dr. Pepper
Texas Forever: “I was born in Dallas, and I definitely understand Texas. I think that gave me a little bit of an edge coming in and auditioning for the show. It wasn’t very hard for me to fall back into that Texas mind frame.”
Home is where the heart is: “In Dallas, life is a little slower. It’s a little more day-to-day routine. It’s just a simpler life. At the end of the day, I love Texas girls, and I kind of relate to them.”
Life does not imitate art: “I am a very approachable and personable person, and I always put myself last. Whether it’s family or friends, I always think about them first. I’m nothing like [my character], John Ross. Really.”
Call him, maybe? “If I’m in a relationship, I’m 1000% in it. I love doing things for them and surprising them. And that’s just something I thoroughly enjoy and it gives me a lot of pleasure. I just haven’t found that right girl yet. I’m not actively running around and trying to find her because I think if I could just relax and continue to do what I’m doing, the right situation will find me.”
Reality doesn’t bite: “People ask me all the time, ‘Are you fed up with reality TV?’ At the end of the day, it can affect my career in the sense that the more reality shows there are, the less scripted dramas out there, but I can’t ever really knock them. I started on Popstars, which was a reality talent show. I have respect for them.”