Life imitated art this week for “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jake Borelli, who spoke publicly about his sexuality for the first time after his character, Dr. Levi Schmitt, enjoyed a same-sex kiss on the show.
“Flowers Grow Out of My Grave,” Thursday’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” featured Schmitt sharing a steamy smooch with Dr. Nico Kim (Alex Landi). It was the first kiss between two male doctors to be shown on the ABC series, now in its 15th season. According to showrunner Krista Vernoff, the kiss marks the start of the show’s first gay male romance. (Watch the scene above.)
Shortly after “Flowers Grow Out of My Grave” aired, Borelli announced he was gay in an Instagram post, with a photo of him wearing a rainbow bandanna.