J., he heard the call to service doing volunteer work in one of Boston’s most downtrodden neighborhoods.
“Some people, especially kids,” he realized, “just need someone to listen to them.” Today, “anything Vinny tackles, he does with a full head of steam,” says Nelson.
Despite the example of his parents, who have been wed 40 years, Clooney has said he’s not interested in marrying again or in having kids.
We talked to their friends, their mothers, their siblings, their dry cleaners and in some cases even their ex-wives. “That’s what women find sexy about him—he’s a regular guy.” Too bad he’s so hard to hook.
(A few of our choices have been married before.) What we found was a diverse group with jobs that take them from outer space (astronaut Andy Thomas) to the depths of the sea (Coast Guard rescuer Erik Pointer). The star, who earns up to $10 million a movie, has romanced a long string of beauties, famous and non. John Travolta, lived together for a year.) But his sole go at matrimony, with actress Talia Balsam, ended in divorce in 1992 after less than three years.
7 VINCENT PAN, 27, nonprofit executive, Washington, D. In a sea of pols and pinstripes, this son of Taiwanese immigrants stands out.
First, there’s the smile: “Sometimes sheepish, sometimes cocky,” says pal Joanne Nelson.
(His 1995 album Forever Blue mourned his breakup with that girlfriend.) Isaak, who has recently gone out with actress Bai Ling (Anna and the King), says he likes ladies “smarter than me.” Which makes him, of course, a very smart man.
A GOOD CATCH BECAUSE: “I don’t forget the little things.” CAVEAT: His workaholism will “drive you nuts,” says drummer pal Kenney Dale Johnson.
Orphaned at age 3 and raised in Göteborg by adoptive parents Lennart, a geologist who died in 1996, and homemaker Anne Marie, 71, he honed his culinary skills at the knee of his grandmother Helga, a professional cook.
Now executive chef and co-owner of the acclaimed Aquavit eateries in New York City and Minneapolis (a third is set to open in Manhattan this fall), Samuelsson captured the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef award last year.
2 DEREK JETER, 26, pro baseball player, New York City and Tampa. He’s a committed do-gooder who with his dad runs the charitable Turn 2 Foundation, which promotes healthy living among adolescents. Cruz recently told PEOPLE she and Damon are “just very good friends” but went on to gush, “He’s a very, very nice, very humble man. And I think he’s a great actor.” It’s easy to excuse the superlatives.