Loving Jake Borelli on Grey’s Anatomy? Well, get ready to see more of his adorable little face on screen. The gay actor has signed on to Freeform’s The Thing About Harry, billed as the network’s first gay-themed Valentine’s Day rom-com.
Borelli, who plays gay surgical intern Levi Schmitt on Shonda Rhimes’ long-standing medical drama, will star in the forthcoming flick as Sam, a Chicago city slicker who takes a road trip back to his small hometown in Missouri for an engagement party.
— Jake Borelli (@JakeBorelli) November 12, 2019
Unfortunately, Sam ends up having to bring his high school nemesis, Harry (Niko Terho), along for the ride. The good news? The pair might have more in common than they think.
Borelli and Terho will be joined on screen by Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown, GLOW’s Britt Baron, and OG Queer as Folk star Peter Paige in supporting roles, per the press release from Freeform.
Paige (pictured above), who created Freeform’s hit series The Fosters and its L.A.-based spinoff, Good Trouble, is also on board to direct and co-executive produce The Thing About Harry.
In a statement, Paige and his co-executive producers Greg Gugliotta and F.J. Denny thanked the network for its partnership:
It’s been an honor to partner with Freeform in making great television with LGBTQ+ characters as leads. True equality can only be achieved when you see yourself reflected in the movies, music and stories that paint our culture. As young gay men in the ’90s, whenever a rom-com opened, we would watch the leading lady fall in love, and imagine what it would be like if the boy was saying all those things to another boy. We’ve always wanted to make a movie—an unabashed romantic comedy—that queer boys wouldn’t have to translate.
Keep an eye out for the festive, queer-inclusive film, which is slated to premiere on Freeform in February 2020.