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"Grey's Anatomy" actor Jake Borelli comes out on Instagram

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"In Searching"

Grey's Anatomy actor, Jake Borelli, 27, has been playing his character Dr. Levi Schmitt on that show since 2017. On Thursday night's episode, Dr. Schmitt came out and just a little while later so did Borelli. 

Although his family and friends already knew he was gay, the actor was a little apprehensive about telling the rest of the world until his story arc called for it. Showrunner Krista Vernoff approached him about the script.

“She pitched the story to me and said how much she wanted Levi to be the character to tell this story, the coming out in your mid-twenties story. She expressed how much she wanted me to be the actor to tell it,” he said.

Still unsure about coming out in real-life, Borelli says he asked his family what he should do. 

“My dad said, ‘When you have a truth about yourself and you finally have the courage to speak up and share that truth, a weight gets lifted,’” Borelli said. “I knew in that moment this is the right thing to do. This is bigger than me.”

So that's what he did after last night's episode of the 15-year old medical drama. 

He wrote on Instagram: “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.”

Borelli also stars in the new film "In Searching" a dramatic coming-of-age story due to open in theaters on November 9, 2018.