Picks and Pans Review: Dancing with the Stars' Gilles Marini
• The 33-year-old heartthrob plays Luc Laurent, a French artist who woos Rachel Griffiths on the ABC drama.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW ROLE.
He's a renaissance man. He can paint, dance, cook, love. He talks with his heart. He falls in love with Sarah [Griffiths] when she's on a trip in France. Next thing you know, he does the craziest thing he's ever done—he flies to America.
HOW IS IT BEING THE NEW KID?
I'm having the best time of my life. One day of working with Rachel is like two years of acting class. And Sally Field, she only thinks positive and wants good things for people. She has a beautiful soul.
YOU MADE QUITE THE SPLASH AS DANCING'S RUNNER-UP LAST SEASON.
That show was the best thing to happen to me. It gave me such an opportunity, because now people will see if I can act.
WILL YOU BE IN THE NEXT SEX AND THE CITY MOVIE?
No. The script took a different turn, and it makes no sense for my character to be there. Dante did well in the first movie. I'm very proud of that. People still send me messages: "Oh my God, I saw it 15 times just for you." That is priceless.