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Think­ing back a bit, it still seems weird that Chris Car­mack only had a re­cur­ring role in sea­son 1 of coun­try mu­sicin­spired drama Nashville (2012-2016). As Will Lex­ing­ton, he’s a gui­tar-play­ing rugged hot­tie who sets hearts aflut­ter when he starts singing – and yes, that re­ally is Chris’s voice. Maybe that’s why he’s been one of the show’s big­ger stars since be­com­ing a reg­u­lar from sea­son 2 un­til its re­cent can­cel­la­tion.

The 35-year-old put his hand­some 1

looks and toned body to good use af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Ma­gruder High School in Maryland in 1999 – he was snapped up as a model by up­mar­ket fash­ion brand Aber­com­bie & Fitch.

That opened doors for him in 2

LA, where he was cast as Luke in sea­son 1 of teen drama se­ries The OC (2003-2007). He quit the show in 2004 be­cause his role wasn’t big enough to guar­an­tee more screen­time.

Nashville isn’t the only place that 3

Chris makes mu­sic. He pro­posed to his vi­olin­ist fi­ancée Erin Slaver in March this year. Erin has a small re­cur­ring role on Nashville, play­ing one of Juli­ette’s (Hay­den Panet­tiere) back-up singers.

He says that there was no men­tion 4

of his Nashville char­ac­ter be­ing gay when he au­di­tioned, but “when they called and pitched the arc of the role, my re­sponse was, ‘That sounds awe­some! Let’s do it!’”

Al­though he only spent a year5

and-a-half study­ing the­atre and arts at New York Uni­ver­sity, Chris still man­aged to get onto the var­sity’s base­ball, foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and wrestling teams. These days, says Chris, “I have time for trail run­ning, some cy­cling and yoga to stay in shape.” Plus, the ac­tor and singer loves play­ing his sax­o­phone and gui­tar. NB! See more on p35.

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