One of the first friends Emily (Lily Collins) makes after moving to Paris in Netflix’s Emily in Paris is Gabriel, her very attractive downstairs neighbor with whom she develops a complicated flirtationship. The two are both at big life junctures: Emily has just uprooted her life in Chicago for a last-minute job opportunity in Paris, and Gabriel is working as a local chef but dreams of opening his own restaurant. To complicate matters, he’s in a relationship, though he’s clearly drawn to Emily. “He’s lost at the beginning of the show,” Lucas Bravo says of his character. “Emily represents that curiosity that he’s gonna follow.”
Being lost was a feeling Bravo could relate to. Moving around constantly as a child — his father was a soccer player — Bravo was forced to adapt to new environments and people. “I became sort of a chameleon. I knew how to fit in in any group. But in that process, I didn’t really know who I was,” he explains. Acting represented something more concrete. “They give you a script with this character and they tell you how he walks, how he moves, how he thinks… everything’s on paper,” Bravo says. “And I felt such confidence, such validation in comparison to my life, where I didn’t really know what I was supposed to do.”
At 32, Bravo now feels more certain of himself. When I ask which Sex and the City character he most identifies with — a prerequisite for anyone…
One of the first friends Emily (Lily Collins) makes after moving to Paris in Netflix’s Emily in Paris is Gabriel, her very attractive downstairs neighbor with whom she develops a complicated flirtationship.
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