Chace Crawford, best known for his role on the CW’s Gossip Girl, is mixing his love of sports with a role in the new baseball comedy Undrafted, about a college star who gets skipped over at the MLB Draft. Crawford spoke to For the Win about being a Dallas Cowyboys groupie, making baseball fun again, and the one time he played golf with Jordan Spieth.
FTW: You’re in a really fun baseball movie. Do you think we need to make baseball fun again?
I actually agree with that. There is that formality in baseball where there are unspoken, gentlemanly rules, which is nice, but old fashioned. That’s part of what makes football exciting is that they can handle the trash talk and the little bit of a celebration. I’m on that bandwagon with making baseball fun again.
FTW: What made you want to make a baseball movie?
I’m a huge sports fan. I grew up a massive Cowboys fan and I love a good baseball movie, we just don’t see sports movies like this a lot. The movie is based on the story of director Joseph Mazzello’s brother John and how he didn’t get drafted, but it tells the story in a great way.
It’s sort of like “Sandlot”, it’s a feel good baseball movie…plus, I got to do some comedy, which was a lot of fun. Being on Gossip Girl for 7 years there wasn’t much of a chance to do that, so it was good to do something different.
FTW: Being a big Dallas Cowboys fan, how weird is it that Tony Romo is now your brother-in-law?
It’s great. The NFL is my ultimate favorite. With Tony and the whole deal, the Cowboys games are just so hype now. I grew up a massive Cowboys fan, I love Dallas sports. I mean, our Christmas card from 1991 was all of us in Starter Cowboys jackets and white turtlenecks, sitting by the fire place. It was hilarious.
So to be so close to it and share in the process kind of is surreal. I go back for every home game. It’s a big family deal, everyone comes down and we all go to the game. I’m definitely a Cowboys groupie.
FTW: As an NFL fan, do you think Tom Brady deserved the four game suspension?
I think it’s a little silly that it all went this far. It’s tough to say, because he did sign the CBA, but how much power do they really have, vs. how much did he really gain with a deflated football? I thin maybe four games was a little excessive. You can’t ever count those guys out, even after four games. Even if they go two and two, they’re sitting fine.
FTW: You’re big into golf. Do you have a favorite golfer you really enjoy watching play?
Tiger is my all time favorite, but it has to be Spieth right now. You know, I’m a Dallas boy.
Tony used to play golf,he doesn’t much anymore, and one time we were at his house and he said, ‘hey let’s hop on the course and play a quick five our six holes.’
So, we pull up and see this kid, and he’s got Jordan Spieth written on his bag. It was years ago, he was 17 then and had just graduated high school and was going to college and I got to play like five or six holes with the kid. He was obviously a wizard around the green. It was amazing.
Anyway, it turns out he did pretty well for himself. Spieth comes to a few Cowboys games and comes to the house after so I kinda know him. I’m a huge Spieth fan. That’s my boy.
“Undrafted” is in selected theaters and available for download on iTunes.