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Al­most every­thing that Eva Lon­go­ria (Gaby So­lis in Des­per­ate Housewives, 2004-2012) touches turns to gold. Like her sit­com Te­len­ov­ela (2015-2016) – it’s a show within a show and goes be­hind the scenes of fic­tional te­len­ov­ela Las Leyes de Pasión. And luck­ily for Eva, she has stand-out co-stars like Jose Moreno Brooks, who plays gay ac­tor Gael Gar­nica, who’s Eva’s char­ac­ter Ana Sofia’s love in­ter­est on Las Leyes. Away from the show, Jose couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent from his char­ac­ter though…

While act­ing is Gael’s life, it was 1

never on the cards for 30-year-old Jose, who wanted to go into law af­ter grad­u­at­ing in the late 2000s from the Uni­ver­sity Of Cal­i­for­nia with a de­gree in phi­los­o­phy and eco­nom­ics. In his gap year, he took act­ing classes “for fun” and he hasn’t looked back.

On Te­len­ov­ela, Gael’s shirts pop 2

open in just about ev­ery scene, so Jose needs to stay in tip-top six­pack­wor­thy shape. That’s easy for Jose, be­cause he’s still fa­nat­i­cal about soccer and gets on the field just about ev­ery week­end. He even played semipro­fes­sion­ally while study­ing. “My diet of brown rice, chicken and salad helps me stay lean,” he adds.

Jose is straight but he keeps his 3

re­la­tion­ships se­cret. He’s also an ad­vo­cate for equal­ity and says that “to get the chance to play some­one like Gael for a broad au­di­ence is an hon­our. My brother [Car­los] is gay, my sis­ter [Bianca] is a les­bian and for me, it’s one of my big­gest torches to carry equal­ity for all”.

Like many celebs this 4

year, Jose is vo­cally against Repub­li­can can­di­date Don­ald Trump in the up­com­ing US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, re­mind­ing peo­ple to cast their votes for any­one else.

And while 5

the LA na­tive looks at home on a Latin show, Jose jokes, “I don’t speak a lick of Span­ish.” NB! More on p37.”

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