The Sex and the City 'Nude Guy' Reveals All

06/05/2008 AT 11:00 AM EDT

Though the wardrobe budget for Gilles Marini in Sex and the City wouldn't cover a subway ride, the handsome, French actor-model – who appears as Samantha's usually nude Malibu neighbor, Dante, in the movie – showed up in New York's Rockefeller Plaza Thursday morning decked out in a well-tailored, dark suit.

"I am so blessed," Marini, 32, said on the Today show. "It's overwhelming ... I mean, look at this."

He was referring to the crowd that had gathered outdoors to see his interview.

The son of a Greek mother and Italian father, Marini – who has been married to wife Carole for 10 years (their son George is 9 and their daughter Juliana, 1) – worked in Milan as a runway model for Armani Jeans. He also described himself as shy, despite his full-frontal (well, in profile, to be precise) nude scene.

SATC writer-director "Michael Patrick King gave me the part," Marini began to explain, as Today's Al Roker interjected, "Well, not that part."

Marini said growing up, he would always close the bathroom door – but now, after seeing all of him in the movie, his mother and sister are "making fun of me for that."

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