For the first time during its 15-year run, Grey’s Anatomy decided to feature its first-ever gay male surgeon and romance between two gay men this season. When his character Dr Levi Schmitt finally locked lips with sexy surgeon Nico Kim (Alex Landi) on the ABC medical drama just weeks ago, Jake Borelli decided to publicly come out via Instagram. The 27-year-old actor reveals to Gay Times the motivation behind that decision.
Find out why below and read more quotes from the interview featured in the British publication this month. Side note: How adorkable does he look on the cover snapped by Gray Hamner? I just want to pinch those cheeks and those other cheeks 😉
On Decision To Publicly Come Out
“I admire people who run with the inner story of running authenticity and honesty, and I knew that at the beginning of my career, that I wanted to be one of those people. Now that I have this new platform, I was basically like, ‘You know what Jake? You have to be honest, you have to be authentic, you have to spread that.’”
On LGBTQ Representation In Hollywood
“Grey’s has always been this iconic leader in representation and in the LGBTQ community in terms of representation, and it will continue to do that. I can’t imagine other tastemakers in the industry aren’t seeing this and aren’t getting super excited about it, do you know what I mean? We’re craving diversity and representation and different stories – stories that weren’t at the forefront of the narrative.”
On Trump Administration
“The last handful of decades, the LGBTQ community has come so far and sacrificed so much to take such large steps forward, and I can’t thank the mentors and the generation above me for all the work they’ve done. In this day and age, we’re coming up against some pretty serious opposition that is trying to push us backwards. It’s a very important time to be pushing forward, especially because of all the men and women, and trans and queer and bisexual people who fought before us. We’re not just fighting for ourselves anymore, we’re fighting for all of the work that the generation did before us. We deserve the rights of everybody else, and we deserve to love the way that everybody else does.”
For more, head over to GayTimes.co.uk.