If you’re looking for a fabulous rom-com for your Valentine’s Day weekend, you’re in luck, because Freeform is serving up The Thing About Harry at 8 p.m. EST/PST on Saturday, February 15.
The Thing About Harry takes on some of our favorite romance tropes —enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity via road trip, and maybe even only one bed!— and puts them to use in a gay rom-com.
“The Thing About Harry” tells the story of high school enemies, uber-jock Harry and out-and-proud Sam, who are forced to share a car ride to their Missouri hometown for a friend’s engagement party on Valentine’s Day. Things take a turn when Sam learns Harry has come out. Stuck spending the night together in a roadside motel, Harry and Sam begin to develop a deep friendship—with neither admitting a potential romance may be brewing—leaving them wondering if one road trip could change the rest of their lives.
The cast and named crew on this show gives us hope for this show, because several of them are out gay men.
The titular star, Niko Terho, is a relative newbie to the industry with credits in Sno Babies and Starz’s Sweetbitter. No information was easily available about Terho’s sexuality, but we’re hopeful to see how he portrays the title character, Harry. However, the Bajan and Finnish actor raised in Barbados was previously recruited to play professional soccer in England which makes him a great fit for the role. Harry is described as “an emotionally uncomplicated, promiscuous player who has always left a string of broken hearts in his wake.”
Star Jake Borelli is more well known. Borelli came out as gay in 2018 on Instagram alongside his Grey’s Anatomy character, Dr. Levi Schmidt aka “Glasses.”
Borelli plays Sam, who Freeform describes as “a handsome, funny, neurotic, intelligent young gay man who combines a scathing wit with an overly idealistic worldview.”
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As a gay guy myself, tonight’s episode was so special to me. This is exactly the kind of story I craved as a young gay kid growing up in Ohio, and it blows my mind that I’m able to bring life to Dr. Levi Schmitt as he begins to grapple with his own sexuality this season on Grey’s Anatomy. His vulnerability and courage inspire me every day, and I hope he can do the same for you. To all of you who feel like little Levis out there, know that I do too, that you are seen, and that we’re all in this together. And to everyone who has supported me over the years, I can’t thank you enough, and I love you more than all the stars…
Executive Producer, director and writer Peter Paige is a cisgender gay man known for his acting in Queer as Folk and his directing of Good Trouble and The Fosters. He is joined as executive producer by Greg Gugliotta and F.J. Denny. Josh Senter was a co-writer on the film.
Other cast members include Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, GLOW’s Britt Barron, and a guest appearance by Paige. It’s great to see Freeform sharing this gay rom-com and making sure that gay men are a major part of it.
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