February 6, 2023

IN THE days leading up to the premiere of Emily in Paris season 3, Lucien Leon Laviscount’s star radar is flying off of the charts. The 30-year-old actor first charmed the show’s audience as Alfie, an overconfident, emotionally-guarded British banker who loathes French culture until he falls for Emily Cooper (Lily Collins), who opens his eyes to the joys of Parisian living.

But season 2 left us with tons of unanswered questions: Will Alfie finally let his guard down? Does Emily and Alfie rekindle their romance? Will they always have Paris?

Laviscount shares a sparkling British charm with his character. But unlike Alfie, Laviscount has no problem opening up. During his interview with Men’s Health, he shares his holistic view on health and fitness, and why he moved to Antigua during COVID. Then there’s the fun Emily in Paris spoilers.

 

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Below, the actor reveals the secret to Alfie’s confidence, the one thing he does every day for longevity, and what’s in the cards for Emily in Paris season 3.

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Men’s Health: Congratulations on Emily in Paris Season 3! You also just opened a new five-star dive bar, The Wealthy Beggar in London.

Lucien Laviscount: Everything’s happening! I feel so blessed right now. Coming to the end of the year, I feel super thankful for everything.

Tell us, what can we expect from Alfie this season?

Alfie in season two had this lingering shadow over what he wanted. He wasn’t happy. And then Emily Cooper comes and sprinkles unicorn dust all over life. In season three, the walls come down a little bit more. We get a more vulnerable side of Alfie: he has his heart on his sleeve. He’s honest, he’s truthful with himself, his thoughts, his emotions. For better or for worse, he lets down his cards. Let’s just say shit hits the fan.

That sounds promising! How would you describe season 3?

I’d say it’s a chaotic mess of beautiful problems that create more problems. You’re in for a treat. It’s great to see everyone else shine. You get to see the guys in the office a lot more and to see what they’re up to. And Kate Walsh, she’s phenomenal.

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Laviscount with Lily Collins in Season 3 of Emily in Paris.

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Of the cast, who are you closest with?

That’s a loaded question! I have my bonds with everyone. Obviously I’m on set a lot with Lily. She’s got this caring side about her from everyone to the crew to the cast, to the people she meets in the street. She and her husband, Charlie, have taken this big siblings role for me, which is super sweet. And then Samuel (Arnold) is my boy, Ashley (Park) is my girl. Paul (Forman), who you get to meet, is also in the mix. Cam (Razat) is the biggest rockstar that there is in France. Period.

You always speak so highly of Lily’s kindness and how she knows everyone’s name on set.

Ten out of ten points for Lily Collins being Lily Collins.

Your character, Alfie, is extraordinarily confident. Is that something that comes naturally for you, or is that something that you step into for the character?

I feel like Alfie’s confidence comes from his truth. Everything that Alfie says and does is from a good place, you know? I don’t think he’s got a snidey, snakey bone in his body. He wants the best for Emily.

What would you say is the attribute that you bring to the set?

I bring a few jokes here and there. Lily works so hard on that set. For my days there, I do my little bit to feed that storyline playing Alfie. I think I bring a nice little sparkle here and there. Just to switch up a mood and bring a bit of fun. I bring a bit of banter to the set–put it that way.

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Athleticism runs in your family. You’ve said that growing up you ate very clean, and because of that, have the most boring taste buds. Is that still true today?

You know what, I’m not gonna lie. If I go to Nando’s, I can actually handle a bit of spice to life right now. My taste buds have definitely matured. I’m getting better in that department.

For me, it’s eating clean and living well. It really is a lifestyle and it’s not even a choice for me. I love, love, love to feel good. I think it all starts with diet and what you put into your body is what you’re gonna give out at the end of the day. I love to wake up and feel healthy, and to give myself the best opportunity to do the best work I can and to be the best person I can.

Do you indulge in any French foods or treats?

I’ve got a real thing for croissants this year. There’s a little bakery across the road with these–they’re not even croissants–they’re swirly pastries with raisins in them. I don’t know the name for them but the swirly raisin ones. They are absolutely incredible.

Worth breaking the diet for?

That’s the thing–it’s not really a diet at all. I don’t really think about it like that. A couple of them in the morning ain’t gonna hurt nobody.

“I’m doing things that I want to do for me now. And it’s going alright.”

Do you balance that with any exercise? Do you have a fitness routine?

The one thing I’ve started doing a lot more, especially this year, is stretching. I do love getting to the gym and feeling like I’m tearing my muscles left, right, and center. It’s the same feeling as when you get a haircut after not having one for a long time. It fills you with that confidence. It’s something that I’ll always need to do for my mental health as well. Stretching has become a big part of my routine.

Are there any other exercises that you do?

I’m into martial arts, kickboxing, muay Thai. I just started doing jujitsu, but I dislocated my shoulder, which is not good but I’m back on the mend. But again, even having an injury like that has really made me focus one stretching and working on my ligaments. Being able to train and repair your muscles–the little things that you can do for longevity. Getting injured made me realize that you need to take care of different things. It’s not all hell for leather. It’s a lot more structured in that respect.

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Aside from eating well and moving your body, is there anything else that you do on set or in between shots to look out for yourself?

People think I nap all the time. It’s a little secret, right? On set, there will be a fifteen minute break, they’ll turn the cameras around and will be like, “Where’s Lucien?” “Lucien? He’s in his chair sleeping.” It’s the moments by myself where I can close my eyes and just be still. And not be in the noise. I guess it is meditative. As part of my character, I’m quite energetic. As I get a little bit older, it’s so important to find the moments of stillness and quiet within to deliver on a level that I want to.

In the new trailer, we see Emily and Alfie talking about work-life balance. What do you do for fun?

I don’t, and I can’t even call it work. I love the whole idea of storytelling, acting, whatever, and honestly, I love what I do. I read a lot. I play golf. I love my music. I love to get out to the country. I want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro next year, hopefully. Just call me Mr. Patagonia, why don’t ya. Getting out in nature is what it’s about.

My father’s from Antigua and I managed to move back there. It was just the best decision I’ve ever made. I live on this small island in the Caribbean, which I love. It’s freeing to be able to come out to the rat race to then dive straight back in.

I think that if Covid put an emphasis on anything, it’s another reason to not wait around. If you want to do something, go and do it. If you want to live somewhere, go and live there. If you want to work in Paris, go and work there. When I moved to Antigua, it was like, I don’t want to be in LA. I don’t need to be in New York or London. I want to do something where I need to be and then figure it out from there. That’s where I’m at right now.

You’ve previously said that you’re an in the moment type of guy, but now you’re setting these big goals and it seems that you might be looking at your life differently.

I realized that I had blinders on in my life for so long. My career was so important to me. I didn’t think I’d be able to fall in love because I was concentrating on bettering myself and bettering the future for my family. The one thing that everyone wants for me is for me to be happy, and to find my happiness. That’s what I’m doing. To be selfless, you’ve gotta be selfish. I wouldn’t say that I’m selfish ‘cause that’s just not my nature, but I’m doing things that I want to do for me now. And it’s going alright.

What do you think is in the cards for Alfie’s happiness?

Emily has opened up Alfie’s eyes to realize that he deserves to be happy, and that he can find happiness in everything around him. It might be tough but he’s walking towards a light. Alfie’s got love in his heart and he will be alright in the end.

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