If you’ve been on the internet in the last week, you’ve probably seen people talking about Netflix’s new show Emily in Paris. There’s lots to discuss: Whether the show is in any way realistic (questionable), whether Emily herself is really the antagonist of the entire series (potentially yes), and whether it’s too late for everyone in the U.S. to also move to Paris to escape the hell going on here (unfortunately it is way, way too late). But the one thing people seem to universally agree on is how much of an absolute snack Lucas Bravo, the man who plays Gabriel, is. He has the type of screen presence you cannot ignore, and while watching every one of his scenes, you find yourself thinking, “I need to know everything about this guy.”
Thankfully, we at Cosmopolitan are happy to oblige. We chatted with Lucas, the model-turned-actor-turned-heartthrob, about the pressure that comes with becoming famous basically overnight, why he hopes he can interact with fans face-to-face soon, and whether he wants Gabriel to end up with Emily or Camille.
How has the last week of your life been? You’ve become famous basically overnight.
I arrived in Budapest last Wednesday to film a movie and I was quarantined for a couple days, and so the show came out and I was still in my room. But then we started shooting, and so I didn’t get much time to really appreciate or enjoy it. It’s a lot of attention, and whenever I look down at my phone I just don’t really know how to navigate everything.
What’s been the weirdest part of this experience so far? You went from having 12,000 followers on Instagram to almost 400,000 in less than a week!
When you start getting all this attention and validation and love, you feel the urge to respond and to give back. I started trying to answer, and it just escalated. At some point you just realize one person is not able to answer everybody. And there’s a frustration, because you wish you could have time to really take one person by one person and be like, “Oh, thank you so much,” and just connect.
Are you worried about the first time someone recognizes you on the street? It’s an inevitability at this point.
I like to live in the present, so I leave that problem to the Lucas of the future. I’m sure he will find a way to handle it.
I think it would be nice to be able to interact with fans face-to-face, as opposed to just over social media.
Since all this coronavirus madness started, we’ve been so disconnected. I think I probably won’t be able to get enough of human interaction, so if I run into someone and that person recognizes me, I’ll really enjoy having a conversation with that person, because I miss human interactions. I miss contact. It’s been a long time.
At this point, I would just appreciate having a conversation with any stranger, period.
Mmm. Yes, yes.
Why do you think people have responded so positively to the show in this moment?
People want to travel. Reality is so rough these days, and we’ve been going through such a difficult time that I think the show is so light hearted, it’s so colorful, the fashion, the romance, the traveling. Darren Star’s vision is so colorful and alive and funny. People needed something to just escape.
It was actually bittersweet for me to watch the show because almost a year ago I was in Paris, and it made me think, “When are we even going to get to travel again?”
It’s funny that you mention it because there have been two kinds of messages. The people who visited Paris are like, “Oh my god, this makes me a little sad.” But for those who never went to Paris, they’re just like, “Oh my god, I just want to go to Paris now. You made me want to go to Paris so badly.” It’s really funny.
Speaking of France, there have been a lot of critiques of the show from French critics. Do you think those are valid?
I think they’re right, in a way. We’re portraying cliches and we’re portraying one single vision of Paris. Paris is one of the most diverse cities in the world. We have so many ways of thinking, so many different nationalities, so many different neighborhoods. A lifetime wouldn’t be enough to know everything that’s going on in Paris. It’s an entire world in a city. At some point, if you want to tell a story about Paris, you have to choose an angle. You have to choose a vision. French critics, they didn’t understand the fact that it’s just one vision. They’re like, “Oh, this is not what Paris is.” Of course. Paris is many things.
Absolutely. So if the show gets a second season, what are your hopes for Gabriel and this love triangle he’s found himself in?
We planted a few seeds about different characters. Like Camille, when she kisses Emily on the mouth, and she’s like, “I’m not sorry.” And then when they’re in bed, and I’m liking the picture, it’s all little seeds. Anything could happen between the three of them. I think Darren wants this second season to be really open-minded.
If you had to pick today, would you want Gabriel to end up with Emily or Camille? Or neither?
Oh, wow. That’s such a tough question. Why are you doing this to me?
I literally need to know how you feel about it.
The way we left things, Gabriel is definitely more excited, or more intoxicated by the promise of going further down the road with Emily, that’s for sure. Because since she got here, so many amazing things unlocked for him, you know. But Camille is really strong-willed, she’s an amazing woman, and she could very well come back.
Have you ever had your own hot neighbor like Gabriel is for Emily?
No, never. I’ve traveled and I’ve had many different apartments in many different cities, countries, and I always end up with the plumber, or the mean one, or the weird one. So, I never met my Gabriel, but I hope I will.
There’s still time!
I should just leave my room after this and knock on different doors, see what’s happening in Hungary.
You’ll have to take matters into your own hands. Alright, last question. How are you taking care of yourself right now, in the midst of everything happening in the world?
I’m trying to be really positive and respectful. Any person that I meet, I need that person to feel special. I like for people to feel singular around me. I feel that’s our responsibility, all of us. When when all the rest of the world is going so bad, all we have left is just us. Never be afraid to give compliments and smile, even though you’re smiling under a mask, but you know, just be positive. This is self-care to me.
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