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Gilles Marini “Happy, Not Stressed” About Brothers & Sisters Role

Dancing With the Stars runner-up Gilles Marini already won over pro partner Cheryl Burke this season, and is set to link up with a new leading lady this summer: Brothers & Sisters' Rachel Griffiths!

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Marini, who appeared as Kim Cattrall's summer fling in Sex and the City's big screen adaptation, tells he's signed on for an undisclosed number of episodes of the ABC series in a role crafted especially for him.

"We just sealed the deal," he confirms to Us. "I got a call that producers wanted to write a part for me. I'm thrilled it worked out and that I get to prove myself. The writers and I had a long conversation, and they wanted to know who I am, inside and out."

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The veteran actor says he's not at all nervous about joining the ensemble cast, which centers around Walker family matriarch Nora, played by Sally Field.

"Not stressed or anything — just so happy!" Marini enthuses to Us. "After doing Nip/Tuck [last year], I'm more oiled and know what's going to happen. I haven't met Rachel yet, but I know it's going to be a great [partnership]."

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"From your mouth to God's ears! I was so honored to be in the first one, and the movie changed my life," Marini says. "Hopefully I get a phone call real soon! Michael Patrick [King] wrote [the sequel], so I know it's going to be great."

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