Asked what it feels like to be called a "heart-throb", Bravo replied candidly: "It made me very self-aware. Because when you think about that word and the people it encapsulates, you see always a healthy, good-looking, ripped person – and I'm not that."
When the interviewer suggested that Bravo seems to fit into this mould, the actor balked at the suggestion, saying: "I'm not. I'm healthy, of course, but I can be overweight."
"All the little things that define who you are and make you human once you're in that [heart-throb] category are perceived like a flaw," he continued. "And I don't want to be perfect. I've been working against that. In France, they don't want good-looking. They want broken faces... You can't be aesthetically beautiful and be smart or have depth. I kept getting roles like the dumb gym teacher."
"It's hard to break that image," he added. "I'm not complaining, of course, but it's a reality."
Bravo's comments are a reminder that being scrutinised for your appearance – something women in the public eye have routinely endured for decades – is a deeply uncomfortable experience that can happen to men, too.
It's also an experience that may feel relatable to anyone who's experienced "Zoom boom": heightened insecurities around everyday lines, wrinkles and pigmentation after seeing your face on so many video calls during lockdown.