Best known as the suave-looking spokesmodel for Calvin Klein's Contradiction cologne, Justin Chambers sure smells like a star. Now, if only the hungry hottie could find his breakout role!
Sure, he's come far since his oh-so-brief stint on the defunct NBC sudser Another World back in 1995. But Chambers has a long way to go. This year, he played a caricaturish "goofy Italian" who woos Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner. Next up, he's heroic lead D'Artagnan in The Musketeer (opening Friday), a half-baked rehash of the Alexander Dumas tale of French derring-do. Of course, Chambers can't be faulted for the schlocky script to call it derivative would grant this groaner too much credit but he's not very well-served by it.
Several scenes, for instance, find our hero in unintentionally humorous one-way chats with his horse. "There's as much romance involved with the horse as with [leading lady Mena Suvari]!" Chambers sheepishly laughs to TV Guide Online. "Those horses are great; I've never ridden a stallion before. But you're working with a horse! What can I say? Christ!"
The 31-year-old father of four daughters with another baby now on the way seems to have a healthy attitude about show biz. "I don't shun anything that I've done to get to this point," he says candidly. "I'm luckier than a lot of people." Still, he adds: "You always want people to appreciate what you do. And you know, I'm not [expletive] you, I think I'm a pretty good and thoughtful person. I don't know if I've portrayed that yet in a role. D'Artagnan is a fun role but that's what it is, it's entertainment.
"You'll see," he challenges. "I'm gonna do somethin'. I'm gonna do somethin' soon that I'm gonna be proud of, and I think people will enjoy it. As an actor, you just keep rolling with the punches, and you're gonna fall into something that really speaks to you."