Jensen Ackles: TV Guide's 12 Young Rising Stars

Jensen Ackles

TV Guide's 12 Young Rising Stars

This doe-eyed 20-year-old joined NBC's Days Of Our Lives last summer as the long-missing Eric Brady and instantly became the thinking teen's dreamboat: dishy yet deep, trusty yet enigmatic, the kind of boy you would bring home to papa. Jensen Ackles even has LeAnn Rimes doing his PR. The country superstar, who grew up near him in suburban Dallas, recently announced on Entertainment Tonight that she has a crush on him. She's not the only one. Notes the actor: "Now when I go back home, my 12-year-old sister and her friends are constantly hanging around. I'm like, 'Funny, they never did that before.'"

TV Guide--June 13-16, 1998.