Connor Paolo says the upcoming Footloose star likes to "raise the roof"

By Laura Hahn
Updated May 29, 2009 12:05 PM
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Chace Crawford will soon be cutting Footloose on the big screen. So what’s he like on the real-life dance floor?

“Chace has got a lot of upper body stuff going on. He raises the roof a lot,” his Gossip Girl costar Connor Paolo told PEOPLE at a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital benefit at Manhattan ballroom Capitale Thursday night.

The unique move, he says, is a success. “Come on, anything Chace does will work for him,” Paolo said with a laugh.

The 18-year-old actor – on hiatus from filming – looks forward to hearing more from Crawford about the film, which will be directed by High School Musical‘s Kenny Ortega.

“The last time I saw him … we were talking about the film he just finished, which was Twelve. So he and I haven’t talked about this yet. But I’m sure it will be a fun conversation!”

And, in the meantime, Paolo is looking forward to a summer not in the city. “My family grew up out in Long Beach Island in Jersey, which is where I basically grew up. So I’m out there almost every weekend. We’ll just drive out there and kick back at the house,” he says. And maybe get their grooves on.