Confession time. I’ve been watching Emily in Paris. I hate myself for it but I do it because the month of Jacembuary is dark and disorienting and EIP is bright and very easy to follow. It’s straight-up eye candy and one of the prettiest bonbons in the box is Chef Gabriele, Emily’s dumb, blandly hot love interest. Too bad it’s the kind you take one bite out of before discovering it’s filled with some weird nut paste you have to spit out into a napkin. Chef Gabriele is played by 33-year-old model turned model with dialogue Lucas Bravo. You’d think being cast as the romantic lead in a hit show would be a welcome development for an up-and-coming actor, but then again, you’re probably not French. But Lucas is and in a recent interview he said that becoming famous is literally “the worst thing that can happen to you,” and he should know because it happened to him. All because he was unlucky enough to be born beautiful. So please excuse his beauty, because it’s ruining his life. Somewhere in heaven, Stephanie Yellowhair is screaming LET THEM KNOW, mon frere, LET THEM KNOW!
“You can’t be aesthetically beautiful, and be smart or have depth. I kept getting roles like the dumb gym teacher,” Bravo recently vented in an interview with the Times. “It’s hard to break that image. I’m not complaining, of course, but it’s a reality.”
“I think being famous is the worst thing that can happen to you. It’s just smoke. It doesn’t mean anything,” he said. And the speed at which he became famous felt “rushed” and like it possibly derailed the years of hard work he put into making it in acting — only to find himself wildly successful but with a career now heading in a different direction than he’d like.
Hunky White Jesus, take the wheel and steer that shit into a wall so Lucas can finally have the face of a real French actor. Because according to Lucas, you need to have a busted mug to make it in Tinselville, France. via The Daily Mail:
He said: ‘I’m, like, this objectified overnight thing.
‘It made me very self-aware. Because when you think about that word and the people it encapsulates, you see always a healthy, good-looking, ripped person – and I’m not that.’
He explained that while he keeps in shape, his weight can fluctuate and that once in the heartthrob ‘category’ there is a lot of pressure to maintain appearances.
‘I don’t want to be perfect’, he said. ‘I’ve been working against that. In France, they don’t want good-looking. They want broken faces.’
Come on people, what’s a conventionally handsome guy got to do to be taken seriously in this town? Become a DJ? I’m sure he’s tried that already! I mean, he could always do what Bridgerton’s objectively hotter Regé-Jean Page did and walk the fuck away from the tight pants and $50,000 per episode paycheck, but then again, I’m not sure Lucas has the range.
Well, if starring in a George Clooney and Julia Roberts movie feels exploitative, there’s always the nuclear option. He could easily walk into any number of fists by continuing to complain about the perils of wealth, fame, and beauty until he’s earned the Gerard Depardieu face of his dreams.