By EW Staff
December 05, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Josh Duhamel: Chris Haston

Josh Duhamel ranks among 2003’s top breakouts

When Duhamel signed on to play lothario Leo du Pres on ”All My Children” in 1999, he pledged he’d spend only three years on the soap opera. ”I didn’t want to look back 10 years from now and wonder, What if?” No chance of that now. Within months of leaving ”AMC” earlier this year, he hit prime time with NBC’s ”Las Vegas” as Danny McCoy, a protégé of the casino’s head of security who’s also been popular with the ladies. ”I don’t want him to be a male slut, but he’s got the best job in the world, so he should have a little fun, right?” Duhamel, 31, will ratchet up the charm as a pampered movie star in January’s romantic comedy ”Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!” For now, he’s just pleased to see his fan base broaden: ”I took the car in to get the tires changed and the guy was like, ‘I love your show!’ That never happened when I was on the soap.”