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Jake Borelli Talks ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & Living Your Truth (Exclusive Q&A)

Jake Borelli Talks ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & Living Your Truth (Exclusive Q&A)

Increase your hand in case you’re simply as deeply enthralled with Gray’s Anatomy right now as you have been 13 years in the past (as a result of everyone knows I’m). Our weekly drama repair simply retains getting higher between the emotional story arcs, the extreme medical instances and the exceptional forged. Jake Borelli is presently killing the sport because the adorkable Levi “Glasses” Schmitt on Gray’s (FYI: he additionally just lately starred in Netflix’s Actuality Excessive and wrapped up a three-year run on Nickelodeons’ The Thundermans) and took a while out of his packed manufacturing schedule to talk with Her Campus about his character’s relationship with Dr. Nico Kim, the one departed character he needs he might have labored with, the recommendation he has for each individual and extra. 

Her Campus: Quite a lot of Gray’s actors auditioned for a number of roles earlier than touchdown theirs (reminiscent of Jessica Capshaw & Kevin McKidd)—whenever you landed Levi, was that the primary time you had auditioned for the present? What was that course of like?

Jake Borelli: You understand, there may need been a time like 10 years in the past that I auditioned for the casting workplace, however I don’t assume it was for Gray’s, I feel it was for one thing else, so so far as Gray’s I feel this was my first audition. I used to be dwelling in New York on the time they usually have been casting for a bunch of sub-intern characters. I received a taped audition for it, so I went over to certainly one of my good friend’s locations the place we filmed the audition and despatched it off, and I didn’t hear again for a few weeks. They ended up calling me round 9 o’clock at night time New York time and provided me the position, asking if I might come and movie the subsequent morning in LA—so I freaked out. I acquired on a aircraft and I went straight from the airport to set and filmed for 2 weeks. That’s all it was alleged to be, I feel, so I went again to New York. Shortly after that, they provided me a extra substantial position on the present, so I got here again and by no means went again to New York!

HC: Gray’s all the time does an ideal job of showcasing each cringe-worthy moments and critical conditions. What’s it like enjoying that dynamic, one second doing one thing actually empowering after which the subsequent goofing off?

JB: I feel it’s superb as a result of Levi is at some extent in his life the place he’s really studying. He’s studying how one can be himself; learn how to be in his personal physique and the right way to articulate his emotions. So yeah, he type of goes to extremes—he goes from very fumbly and klutzy to somebody who has braveness and stands of their energy and says what they consider. It’s one of many issues I really like most about Levi, as a result of at any given second you don’t know what he’s going to say or how he’s going to react, or if he’s going to fail or succeed. I feel that’s what’s sort of lovable about him, since you simply need him to do good and to be seen as a reliable individual.

HC: On this “Season of Love” Levi was beginning to appear to be a shoo-in for Dr. Kim’s love curiosity and vice versa—however in fact, after the elevator scene, it seems like we’re headed right into a basic will they or gained’t they arc. Dr. Kim is the primary homosexual male surgeon on the collection, whereas Levi had beforehand solely proven curiosity in Jo—why is that this storyline essential to you, particularly, and for the present/viewers at giant?

JB: You understand Gray’s loves their pressure! Initially of the season, there was such a tease with the connection between Levi and Nico, and we’re definitely on the rocks proper now as a result of each of them try to determine if that is one thing that may work. I hope that it really works out for them! I simply need one thing to work out for Levi, however we’re going to have to attend and see. I’m actually cheering for them. 

This story is so essential to me as a result of it’s the precise story that I might need to see as an viewers member. I personally am an enormous fan of Gray’s. I’m virtually caught up on the complete collection. I began watching once I booked the position and I’m on the season proper earlier than I enter, so I’ve watched virtually 300 episodes and I’m sort of obsessive about it! So once I learn the scripts now, I’m studying it purely as an viewers member for the primary time as a result of I’m so excited to see what occurs to those characters. That is the precise story I might need to see if I used to be simply watching it at residence.

Lots of people have been telling me that this story is necessary to them as a result of they’re lastly being seen, they usually’re lastly being represented on a big platform—on nationwide tv—by such a tremendous, iconic present. Particularly for our youthful viewers, this can be the primary time they’ve related so strongly with a personality, and I feel that’s unbelievable. I do know rising up, listening to individuals’s tales and seeing homosexual individuals who have been out and cozy and proud was one thing that basically allowed me to additionally start to really feel that means about myself. That’s why I feel this position is so necessary.  

HC: Based mostly on that, I’m guessing there’s nothing you’ll be able to inform us about your potential relationship with Nico?

JB: I can inform you that issues are undoubtedly going to warmth up between the 2 of them within the mid-season finale (which airs on November 15). Once I learn the script, my mouth dropped to the ground due to how superb it’s. I can’t say if it’s good or dangerous, nevertheless it’s going to be thrilling to observe.

HC: You touched on this a bit bit already, however what’s your favourite half about enjoying Levi?

JB: The factor that scares me probably the most about enjoying Levi is how comparable he’s to me, and the way weak it makes me to type of faucet into his psyche and his mannerisms, however it’s additionally one among my favourite issues about him. Of all the characters I’ve performed, he’s definitely probably the most just like me, so that’s actually fascinating.

HC: The place do you see him in 5 episodes, or 5 years?

JB: I hope that he begins to really feel extra empowered, and I hope that we get to see a brand new aspect of Levi and the way he’ll handle conditions, and cope with his job and love life as soon as he has develop into snug with himself. I feel it should turn into a totally totally different story.  

HC: Have you ever discovered something about your self since taking over the position?

JB: Since taking over the position I’ve discovered, and I feel proceed to study, that being weak, trustworthy and genuine, and actually simply respiration deep and telling your fact, is among the most essential issues to do as a human being. Sure it’s scary, and sure dangerous issues can occur, however if you start to inform your fact, a lot good can come to you that you simply didn’t even know was ready on the sidelines. I simply need to perpetuate that message to individuals, as a result of it’s one thing that I’m dwelling proper now and I need to encourage individuals to reside their very own fact, even when it’s simply to your self. Even when it’s simply telling your self how you are feeling, that’s sufficient typically.

HC: In case your character might have existed at any level earlier within the Gray’s Universe, which episode and/or departed character would you’ve needed to be part of/work with?

JB: I feel Levi, and I, would in all probability need to go hang around with Dr. McSteamy. I feel that may be enjoyable, he was so cool! Let’s do the times earlier than the aircraft crash.

HC: You submit tons of images in your Instagram together with your Gray’s castmates, undoubtedly wanting like one big household. What’s the dynamic like on set?

JB: A few of my greatest pals in my life proper now are from this set. Jaicy Elliot, who performs Taryn (Helm), is certainly one of my greatest associates—we speak far too typically, and we’re often hanging out in one another’s trailer as an alternative of our personal. Similar with my pal Jeanine Mason, who was one of many interns with us final yr. She performed Sam Bello, and she or he’s one among my greatest buddies, too. On prime of that, plenty of these individuals are my mentors now. I look as much as them as actors, and I look as much as them as individuals who can kind of assist me via the method of being on this present. We’ve definitely gotten quite a bit nearer through the years.

HC: I additionally observed that you simply introduced your childhood greatest good friend to the wrap get together final season – how has your profession and this position affected your relationship, if in any respect?

JB: I did! Lara has been my greatest good friend since third grade—she is my different half, she’s like the sunshine of my life and she or he’s superb. She was the primary individual I got here out to once I was 18, and it was principally her and I for half a yr till I got here out to my mother and father. She has all the time been so supportive and so useful, and we now each reside in LA, which is superb. We simply hold getting nearer and nearer. She helps me edit my Instagram posts! That’s how shut we’re.

HC: Earlier than shifting to LA, you carried out in a variety of stage productions with a youngsters’s theater – do you see your self going again to the stage anytime quickly? What would your dream position be?

JB: Yeah, I grew up learning theatre and doing performs at Columbus Youngsters’s Theatre again in Ohio. I’m SUCH a theatre nerd, I adore it a lot. I might go do a play in two seconds, palms down. In reality, I’m making an attempt to get a play accomplished this summer time. It might be implausible if it really works out schedule-wise. It’s a part of the rationale I moved to New York two summers in the past, as a result of I actually needed to get extra into theatre. So yeah, I might kill to get again on the stage. I might like to be in Purple by John Logan, enjoying Ken. It’s a tremendous play about Rothko the artist and his assistant Ken, and I feel that that might be superb.

HC: You have been fairly younger if you moved to LA and began touchdown visitor and supporting roles—what did you do for work earlier than or throughout your early profession, if something?

JB: I had simply graduated highschool once I moved, and I acquired out to LA and received a supervisor as a result of I used to be 18, so I might work as an grownup, however I seemed like I used to be 14. Inside the first week or so I booked a small position on iCarly, and that yr I booked co-stars and visitor stars on numerous exhibits and was capable of reside off of appearing for some time. Then, hastily, the roles stopped and I ran out of cash. I used to be 19 or 20 like, “oh gosh, what do I do?” so I began choosing up day jobs right here and there, making an attempt to make ends meet in between residuals, however take a look at the place we at the moment are. It’s been a wrestle, nevertheless it’s a dream come true.

HC: What recommendation do you will have for younger individuals which might be pursuing a profession in appearing?

JB: In case you’re making an attempt to pursue a profession in appearing, or actually a profession in something, I feel the very first thing to do is to get down and research. Study as a lot as you possibly can. In appearing particularly, go to class, get a very good appearing coach, learn performs, learn actually good materials and familiarize your self with that. You need to all the time be in school—I’m in school proper now! On Wednesday nights I’ll go from filming all day and drive straight to class and I’ll put up a monologue. I feel in any area it is loopy to really feel such as you’re at some extent the place you possibly can cease studying, as a result of I don’t assume that’s true. That’s my recommendation for anyone, frankly—simply continue learning.

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