June 28, 2004 12:00 PM

JAKE GYLLENHAAL

AGE: 23

HEIGHT: 6 FT.

NOW PLAYING: THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW

WHY WE LOVE HIM: Despite dropping out of Columbia, he carries off that sensitive philosophy-major vibe without having to wear a goatee or beret.

Perks: During cocktail parties, you could declare honestly, “My boyfriend, Jake, got driving lessons from family friend Paul Newman.”

Risks: A Zen Buddhist, he has a preternatural calm that makes the rest of us seem like neurotic freaks.

DATEABILITY: Low.

He moved in with actress Kirsten Dunst, his girlfriend of nearly two years.

‘He’s such a mainstream guy, so cool and normal, runny and down to earth. He’s fantastic’

-EMMY ROSSUM, ON HER DAY AFTER TOMORROW COSTAR

JAMES FRANCO

AGE: 26

HEIGHT: 5’6″

NOW PLAYING: SPIDER-MAN 2

WHY WE LOVE HIM: His resemblance to James Dean, whom he played in a 2001 TV biopic, ups his cool quotient.

Perks: This Sunday painter can cover your walls with original artwork.

Risks: He could also make you feel like a dim bulb for never having read Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. (He has.)

DATEABILITY: High.

Back in play after breaking things off with The Practice‘s Marla Sokoloff.

‘He doesn’t give a lot away, yet he’s got a twinkle in his eye’

SPIDER-MAN COSTAR WILLEM DAFOE

RYAN GOSLING

AGE: 23

HEIGHT: 6’2″

NOW PLAYING: THE NOTEBOOK, OPENING JUNE 25

WHY WE LOVE HIM: He’s dark and intense. (He’s being hailed by some critics as the next Sean Penn.)

Perks: Seems perfectly willing to go out with older women. (Sandra Bullock, his costar in Murder by Numbers, was 38 to his 22. And that was before Ashton and Demi made it cool.)

Risks: A 16-year age difference is sexy when you’re 38 and he’s 22; not so sexy when you’re getting your AARP card and he’s 34.

DATEABILITY: High.

Recent accounts have his most serious attachment being furry and named George–his dog (a mutt).

‘People who see him as this darker, more brooding guy will be surprised how good-looking and charming and romantic he is’

THE NOTEBOOK PRODUCER MARK JOHNSON

BEN AFFLECK

AGE: 31

HEIGHT: 6’2″

NEXT UP: THE COMEDY SURVIVING CHRISTMAS

WHY WE LOVE HIM: He’s a self-deprecating regular guy who isn’t afraid to admit his mistakes by checking into rehab and out of Bennifer. And between the highs and J.Lo’s of dating, he’s secure enough to take Mom as his date to galas.

Perks: Big spender, particularly fond of giving cars, watches, diamonds. Great sense of humor (will crack you up with wicked Regis impersonation). Gracious antebellum vacation home, the 83-acre Hampton Island estate on the Georgia coast.

Risks: Plays a lot of high-stakes poker in Vegas and might lose his shirt.

DATEABILITY:

Fair. Recently seen at Red Sox games with Boston-based TV ad saleswoman Enza Sambataro, 26.

‘He’s totally normal. He’s grounded. There’s no ego-tripping allowed’

—MIRAMAX CHIEF HARVEY WEINSTEIN

TOM CRUISE

AGE: 41

HEIGHT: 5’9″

NEXT UP: THE THRILLER COLLATERAL OPENS IN AUGUST

WHY WE LOVE HIM: Twenty-one years after Risky Business, he’s still a sure thing: the all-American hero with that incandescent smile.

Perks: He’s a one-woman man, or at least a one-woman-at-a-time man. Plus, he makes a mean spaghetti carbonara.

Risks: How do you stack up next to his exes Nicole and Penélope?

DATEABILITY: High:

He’s back on the market.

‘I like relationships. I enjoy that dynamic’

COLIN FARRELL

AGE: 28

HEIGHT: 5’10”

NEXT UP: A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD OPENS IN JULY (AND ALEXANDER AFTER THAT)

WHY WE LOVE HIM: Unapologetically un-PC, this gregarious rogue with a brogue is up for anything. His idea of group therapy? Happy hour. His motto? “Life’s too short.” Diet? “All the salads in L.A. get on my nerves.”

Perks: Big–make that huge–points for honesty. You know you’ll never have to drag it out of Colin.

Risks: Ephemeral relationships (such as the one he had with model Kim Bordenave) might result in children (like son James).

DATEABILITY: High.

Sure, he might be dating someone, but he can always find time for at least one more!

‘A one-night stand did never a bad person make’

DIEGO LUNA

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 5’11”

NOW PLAYING: THE TERMINAL

WHY WE LOVE HIM: As sultry and sexy (and naked) as he was in the Mexican coming-of-age drama Y Tu Mamé También, he still exudes an air of innocence.

Perks: Willing to learn domestic skills. “Movies create monsters because they clean your clothes, bring you food, drive you home, take you to parties. When you finish, your life becomes a mess,” he says.

Risks: Dancing, Before filming Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights “I had two left feet. Now I have two trained left feet.”

DATEABILITY: High.

Currently between romances.

‘When you say, “I want a blonde who has nothing to do with acting,” you find a beautiful, dark-skinned actress. You never know’

JOHN CHO & KAL PENN

AGE: CHO, 32; PENN, 27

HEIGHT: CHO, 5’10”; PENN, 5’11”

NEXT UP: HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE

WHY WE LOVE THEM: For two educated, articulate guys, the pair play hungry stoners on a burger binge, like, totally convincingly. And, dude, Penn’s a vegetarian!

Perks: Free tickets to shows by singer-guitarist Cho’s rock band, Left of Zed (“drummers get all the girls”). Lots of Indian and Thai home cooking from Penn.

Risks: Cho’s a slob (“I make piles”), and Penn doesn’t have cable. “I just use the TV to watch DVDs or videos.”

CHO’S DATEABILITY: Low.

Dates actress

Kerri Higuchi

PENN’S DATEABILITY: High.

Totally free right now. Want fries with that?

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