Desperate Housewives hunk Jesse Metcalfe is determined to follow in TOM
CRUISE's footsteps - by shedding his sex symbol status to become a respected
Metcalfe enjoys his role as toyboy gardener in the hit TV series, but
yearns to play darker, grittier characters and believes he can only achieve
that by losing his pin-up label.
He complains, "In Hollywood, even for actors like Tom Cruise and Brad
PITT, it's been difficult for them to gain respect. They have gained respect as
good actors, but when they first came on the scene, they were the cute, hunky
"It might be difficult for me to shed my beefcake label. It's not such an
awful label to have, although I don't see myself as that hunky a guy. But I'd
like to play something a little darker a little edgier."