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'Brothers & Sisters' Gilles Marini Heats up NBC's Chelsea Handler Sitcom (Exclusive)

He'll romance lead actress Laura Prepon in a guest role on "Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea."

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Brothers & Sisters alum Gilles Marini is on a roll. He’s following guest stints on TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland, ABC Family’s Switched at Birth, and a newly announced appearance on ABC’s Emmy-winning Modern Family with a steamy guest spot on Chelsea Handler’s midseason comedy for NBC.

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Marini guest stars on the second episode of Are You There, Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea as a handsome French chef who heats things up as a love interest for Chelsea (played by Laura Prepon).

“I’m shooting [Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea] this week,” Marini tells us. “And then next week I’m jumping on Modern Family. The roles I’ve been playing are very different. I played a captain on Hot in Cleveland, a chef on the Chelsea Handler show, and then on Modern Family something very much different.”

Marini tells us he was surprised to hear that the news of his guest-starring role on the ABC comedy leaked earlier on Tuesday as he only just heard that he nabbed the role. An ABC rep confirms that he’ll play a friend of Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) whom they believe is gay, as first reported by TVLine.

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“It’s funny, really funny,” Marini tells us of the Modern Family role. “I’m on cloud nine right now, flying high.”

Marini played Luc Laurent on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters on its fourth and fifth seasons. Fans will also get to see a bit more of the star soon as he tells us he just shot a campaign for Perry Ellis’ new clothing line, Axist.

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