I’m not just a pretty face

It’s not easy being beautiful.

So says Lucas Bravo, the 33-year-old model-turned actor known for playing Gabriel the smokin’ hot chef in Netflix’s hit series “Emily in Paris.” While the hunk is well-aware his good looks landed him the role, he says he’s worried he’s too pretty to play more complex roles that aren’t all about his looks.

“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.”

In addition to fighting to be taken seriously in future roles, the sudden celebrity the show has brought to him has also been challenging.

“I’m, like, this objectified overnight thing,” he said, adding that suddenly becoming a known “heartthrob” has “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.”

Lucas Bravo plays the chef Gabriel on the show.
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The Nice, France native clarifies that he is healthy, but the way in which society assesses heart-throbs makes “the little things that define who you are and make you human” suddenly become perceived as flaws, which is far from healthy, especially for him, the subject. 

Indeed, neither looks nor fame are all they appear to be, Bravo went on.

“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. 

But then, that could just be the Frenchman in him talking.

“I’m Parisian and of course we complain all the time. This is our religion,” he said. “We disagree, and then sometimes it creates a revolution and sometimes it’s just a year of yellow jackets with no conclusion.”

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Lucas Bravo with Lily Collins in “Emily in Paris.”
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