, best known as the swoon-worthy gay guy from MTV's
The Real World
, makes his acting debut on the Oct. 4 season premiere of
. But contrary to widespread assumption, he will not
be a love interest for Kerr Smith
, who plays the show's token homosexual.
"Everyone just figures that that's the case," the aspiring actor tells TV
Guide Online. "I've had people ask me, 'What's it like kissing Kerr?' And I'm
like, 'Actually, I didn't."
Still, the 22-year-old Georgia native did manage to score a little
nookie on the set. But the object of his affection packed two X chromosomes. In
the episode, Roberts plays John-John, a prankster who attempts to win over Andie
(Meredith Monroe) by pretending to be French. "Eventually it's revealed
that I have a crush on her," he explains, "and we have a little kissing scene."
And if Roberts has it his way, he'll be making out with lots more girls in
the near future. The guy voted reality television's hottest hunk by readers of
TV Guide magazine admits that when it comes to pursuing acting roles,
he's looking to play it straight.
"I'm staying away from auditioning for gay roles and I'm making an effort to
get straight roles," he points out. "I'm not saying that I would be against it
in the future, I just don't want to get pigeonholed in the beginning."
Well, if his popularity with the TRL set is any indication, Roberts
likely will have little trouble seducing members of either gender. As the up and
comer reveals, his biggest admirers are not gay men. "They're all teenage
girls," he says, laughing. "It's always teenage girls that end up following me