He's been working steadily ever since on TV, and is currently in two series, playing one of the dads in ABC Family's Switched at Birth and a married-but-cheating pastry chef in 2 Broke Girls. And did we mention he also recently filmed two movies, titled The List and The Last Rescue? We caught up with this easy-on-the-eyes Frenchman at the GBK Luxury Gift Lounge before the Academy Awards, while his wife Carole was nearby checking out the products.
YourTango: What brings you here, Gilles?
Gilles Marini: My wife. It's fun to see her smiling, being happy about getting things here and there. It's like Christmas in March.
YourTango: You've been married for 15 years — what's the secret?
Gilles Marini: In one word, it's her. She's the one who balances everything. She keeps everybody grounded and keeps everything solid. I always try to keep Carole happy as much as I can. Obviously, with my line of work, it's hard for me to be home all the time, but when I am I try to make things happen that are special. But she is a superwoman. I don't deserve her, that's for sure.
YourTango: Have you had fun playing opposite Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings on 2 Broke Girls?
Gilles Marini: Yes, Beth is awesome and Kat is a wonderful human being. She just got a new house with her boyfriend Nick Zano. I think he's the hottest guy in the world. I have a man-crush on him, I guess. He's very sweet, a great guy and they're very good together. I think comedy is the hardest from of acting. I give Beth and Kat respect and props — they do 47 pages of dialog every week.
YourTango: Anything funny happen during your romantic scenes with Beth?
Gilles Marini: Once I made Beth laugh and she spit her gum out of her mouth, and it landed on the window. I took a picture of it.
YourTango: You should do a juicy romantic drama.
Gilles Marini: I agree with you. That will come in time ... I'm busy — a good problem to have. I shot two movies, one is called The List, which is a dramedy, and the other is The Last Rescue, which is action though my character doesn't have much action in it. I can't say what it is or it will give away the plot.
YourTango: What happened to your hand? Did you hurt yourself?
Gilles Marini: I fractured my fingers a few weeks ago. A railroad tie fell on me. I also broke my shoulder. I was trying to make a retaining wall and thought I could do it myself. I do crazy stuff like that all the time.
Photo: Wireimage – Vincent Sandoval