We have a history. Gael Garcia Bernal and I once shared a kiss at a junket. (An event in my life I'm sure I've shared with you numerous times before. But, can you blame me?) So when I was offered the chance to go to Verona (Italy, not New Jersey) to attend the junket for "Letters To Juliet" (which stars Gael and opens today), I couldn't say no. Aside from the fact that it is an incredibly beautiful city, Gael happens to be the nicest guy in the world.
Aside from the chatter about romance, when we sat down to dish about the flick, I decided I had to know how well he cooks. Why? Well, he plays a very overzealous chef named Victor in the movie. As it turns out, he happens to be a really good actor, as the dude can't cook in real life at all! "I like cooking, but I'm not good at it," he said, adding just what his specialty is: "All types of rice."
After he told me that he's best at making rice, I wondered if that's what he would make me if he were to cook me anything in the world. Because come on, rice? "No I'm not trying to tell you that," he said. "I'm saying the only thing I'm good at is maybe rice. I would, maybe if you come and I cook for you, maybe I'll try something else. But I don't know what. I'll have to think about it where we are. Not so much pressure! I already told you I'm not a good cook."
To be fair, I would eat anything Gael makes for me, good or bad. So when are you free?