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Finally that queer Asian lead we’ve been waiting for in ‘Before I Got Famous’

The new queer streaming service REVRY bursts onto the Hollywood scene with the new sitcom Before I Got Famous. Written by Q. Allan Brocka, the writer behind the Eating Out series, Before I Got Famous follows the misadventures of Alex, a Chinese émigré who comes to Hollywood in pursuit of an acting career. The 21-year-old gets a rude awakening when he realizes Hollywood has no shortage of other good-looking men, and that prejudiced views of Asian Americans continue to reverberate in both the showbiz and LGBTQ communities.

Related: If your dating profile says “No Asians” then you’re a “trash gay,” Korean comedian says

As created by Vasco Xu and Giovanna Sarquis, Before I Got Famous aims to expose discrimination against people of Asian descent and the queer community, but do so with a good dose of hilarity. The series also looks at the still-taboo subject of prejudice within the queer community: in his quest for love and stardom, Alex encounters quite a few would-be boyfriends who have their own preconceptions and misconceptions about Asian men. The series also doesn’t shy away from sexier moments, with heartthrob lead actor Anthony Ma’s Alex meeting his share of LA gay boys, and enjoying plenty of steamy scenes along the way.

Before I Got Famous already debuted at Outfest this year, and generated positive buzz. REVRY aims to deliver more series, both dramatic and comedic, to the growing audience for queer content.

Available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, the web and Roku, as well as all iOS and Android mobile devices, the streaming service REVRY will feature movies, music and series, both original and established. Curious viewers can also sample programming on Pluto TV.

Before I Got Famous debuts on REVRY August 25.

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  • Kangol

    Congrats to Alan and the others behind this. I just hope it’s not Mindy Kaling redux, where’s it’s all about an Asian American guy trying to get a white guy. Please let that not be the storyline…

  • leigy

    I remember Master of None also had that criticism with Aziz Ansari’s character being another ‘Asian-American on tv chasing a white woman.’ I think that they then had the character diversify his dating pool on the show since. But as long as the romance sub-plot has good chemistry, I don’t mind him dating a non-East Asian. It would be awesome to see a East Asian on South Asian romance. I don’t think I have ever seen a gay romance with that mix before.

  • Xzamilloh

    Put out another trailer, because the one they showed looked so generic and painfully unfunny.

  • alanballs

    I LOVE Asian men….my BF is Chinese, and I couldn’t be happier. (It’s not always true what they say about Asians….wink wink)

    Congrats to Anthony Ma, for landing the part of Alex. My BF and I will DEF be watching from Dongguan City, China! :)

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