The series follows Alex, a young gay actor emigrating from China to look for his big break in Hollywood. When the good-looking 21-year-old leaves his small town to move to the big city he realizes two scary truths: he is not the only handsome man out there, nor is he the only one who dreams of becoming a movie star.
The ten-episode series, co-written by Q. Allen Brocka (Eating Out, Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World) is a comical look at a serious topic: discrimination inside the entertainment industry and the gay dating scene from the perspective of an often discriminated against minority. Before I Got Famous challenges the labels and stereotypes that Hollywood, the gay community and the world have placed on Asian Americans, while embracing the broader issues of human complexity and inclusivity.
“We want to show everyone that the human experience is universal, beyond gender, race or sexual nature,” said Giovanna Sarquis, co-creator & director. “With prevalent Asian themes throughout the show, we’re sure that the Asian community will relate to this content on an emotional and cultural level, as well as the LGBTQ+ community.”
“Embracing real world diversity is one of REVRY’s core pillars and this series strongly supports that message. We’re excited to bring this hilarious show to our viewers, a stellar comedy series that also speaks to real issues within our community that we know will resonate with our audience,” said Damian Pelliccione, CEO and co-founder of REVRY.
Before I Got Famous was created by Vasco Xu and Giovanna Sarquis, who also directed the series, produced by Vasco Xu, Carole Lu, Leann Lei, Charlene Zhang and Kerena Huang and written by Q. Allan Brocka & Marc Muszynski. The series stars Anthony Ma, Tiago Ferreira, Camille Wormser, Lee Chen and Alexandre Chen.