His soulful green eyes, a dimpled chin and a perpetual case of bed-head.
Name: Michael Vartan
Height: 6 ft.
Status: Never married -updated.Dating .Jennifer Garner
Residence: Los Angeles
Education: Attended high school in Pontoise, France
The scoop: The French-born actor, who first attracted attention as Drew Barrymore's high school teacher in Never Been Kissed, now plays CIA agent Michael Vaughn on ABC's hit spy series Alias. Vartan left France at 18 to settle in L.A. with his artist mom, Doris, and stepdad, writer Ian Lafrenais. "I definitely feel more American," says Vartan. "My standard wardrobe is jeans, a T-shirt and my hockey hat on backwards. I'm a good old Yankee."
In his own words: "I love hockey more than anything," says Vartan, who hits the ice for pickup games two or three times a week. Apart from sports, "my secret favorite thing on earth is ketchup. I will put ketchup on anything. But it has to be Heinz."
The ideal woman: "The No. 1 quality I look for is being friendly," says Vartan, who ended a 10-year relationship with actress Shannon Gleason three years ago. "She's got to have a sweet demeanor." Adds his Alias costar Jennifer Garner: "I know she'll be grounded and unimpressed with the Hollywood side of his life."
What a catch: "He's smart, funny and handsome," says Garner. "And when he speaks French, forget it!"
A hockey fan who still plays two or three times a wee, Vartan, 33, born in France, took acting lessons at the suggestion of his mother. "She thought I'd make friends," he recalls. "I thought I'd meet girls." After appearing in French films, he made a big impression on Drew Barrymore, who fought to have him play her teacher/lover in Never Been Kissed.
He's never been hitched,
"I am the target of hysterical fans"
"It might sound crazy, but if I could find a way to earn millions and become completely unknown, I would use it, right now! What I mean is that it is good to be known for what you do but with this job, if you become famous, the consequences are difficult to digest
Having a Blast!
"For me, working on Alias is a dream come true! I work 3 to 4 days a week. It is the ideal job. I go to work at 4 am whistling. It is the first time I am so enthusiastic when thinking about going to work. No other role has ever made me so proud than playing Vaughn. I don't know if you have seen all the
flops I played in before? You missed nothing anyway. (Laughs)"
Born in France from an American mother and a French father, Michael Vartan migrated to the US right after he turned 18. Discovered by most in Alias, it is hardly the Frenchie's first role. He did play with Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed.
Special peculiarity: Left-handed
Hobbies: Hockey, painting, guitar
Where to write to him?
C/ O Stephen Hanks Management
252 N. Larchmont Blvd
Suite 201, Los Angeles, CA 90004