Fan response after Marini's first episodes has been so positive that the 33-year-old French actor, who first gained fame as Samantha's lusty neighbor in the "Sex and the City" movie and as a runner-up on "Dancing With the Stars," has been asked to appear on four additional episodes after his initial five. Starting on Nov. 18, Marini also will appear on two episodes of "Nip/Tuck," where he'll play guest-star Vanessa Redgrave's sinister husband. The devoted husband and father of two spoke recently about Luc's true intentions, his chemistry with costar Rachel Griffiths and how he feels about being a sex symbol.
How did you come upon this role on "Brothers & Sisters"?
While I was doing "Dancing With the Stars," I got a meeting with the people from "Brothers & Sisters." They talked to me for two hours and said they wanted to write a role for me. You don't really think too much -- you're going to be on that show. The opportunity is humongous. It was also great for me to show that, no matter what comes my way, I will be recognized as an actor. I knew it would be something amazing just because of the group I'd work with.
Had you watched the show before getting offered the part?
Yes, and every time I watch it, my daughter is around. Then my son comes around because he doesn't hear any noise other than the TV. It's the only show we watch at home where everybody shuts up. Every time Rob Lowe is on TV, my daughter stares at him. During the episode when he had a heart attack, she was crying and she was only 2 years old. I was telling the story to Ken Olin before I knew who he was. He thought it was so awesome, and next thing you know, he says, "Let's go have this meeting." I didn't know I was talking to him!
You are certainly surrounded by tremendous actors. Describe that first day on the set.
There was the table read at first. I was completely unnerved. I was sweating. I looked around, and there was Rob Lowe, Sally Field. I thought, "I'm going to faint here." It was honestly very tough for me. But they were all so sweet. They made me understand that it's a big family there, on and off the camera. On the first day of shooting, I thought, I can really do this for a couple of seasons for sure.