'Grey's Anatomy' actor Jake Borelli's character came out as gay. Then he did too.

Actor Jake Borelli remembers that when he was a kid growing up in Ohio, he desperately wanted to see gay characters on TV.

On Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, he was one of the actors featured in the show’s first gay male romance, between his character, intern Dr. Levi “Glasses” Schmitt, and Dr. Nico Kim, played by Alex Landi. The two shared a kiss, and Schmitt came out as gay.

Afterward, Borelli explained how much it all meant to him.

“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,” the 27-year-old actor shared on Instagram.

Borelli praised Schmitt’s “vulnerability and courage” and told the “little Levis out there” that they are seen.

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GREY'S ANATOMY - 'Gut Feeling' - Meredith works on a patient who happens to specialize in matchmaking, and a seemingly drunk patient pushes Richard's buttons and gives him a medical mystery to solve. Meanwhile, Maggie tries to reach Teddy after bearing the burden of her secret becomes overwhelming as she struggles with issues in her own personal life on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, OCT. 4 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images) JAKE BORELLI
GREY'S ANATOMY - 'Bad Reputation' - The hospital brings in crisis management to help them sort out allegations against Harper Avery. Meanwhile, Nurse Olivia shows up at Grey Sloan with her son, throwing Alex and Jo for a loop; and Arizona decides to spend more time with Sofia who is having a hard time at school, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, APRIL 26 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CAMILLA LUDDINGTON, JAKE BORELLI
GREY'S ANATOMY - 'All of Me' - Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. They seek comfort from one another, and, at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white, on the season finale of 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, MAY 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JAKE BORELLI
GREY'S ANATOMY - 'All of Me' - Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. They seek comfort from one another, and, at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white, on the season finale of 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, MAY 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JAKE BORELLI
GREY'S ANATOMY - 'All of Me' - Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. They seek comfort from one another, and, at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white, on the season finale of 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, MAY 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JAKE BORELLI, JAICY ELLIOT
GREY'S ANATOMY - 'You Really Got a Hold on Me' - Seattle firefighters Ben Warren and Andy Herrera head to Grey Sloan after rescuing two boys that are injured in a house fire. With one of the boys' lives literally in Andy's hands, her skills are put to the test. Meanwhile, the doctors are hard at work on their projects for the Grey Sloan Surgical Innovation Contest; and Amelia brings Tom Koracick in to consult on her and Alex's patient, on a special, TGIT Crossover Event episode of 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, MARCH 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth via Getty Images) JAKE BORELLI, RUSHI KOTA
GREYS ANATOMY - 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' - April is in charge of the new Grey Sloan Surgical Innovation Contest, and the doctors are eager to start their projects. Meanwhile, Catherine's old friend has a shocking idea for Catherine and Jackson; and Meredith treats a returning patient who inspires her project, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, FEB. 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via Getty Images) JAKE BORELLI
GREYS ANATOMY - 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' - April is in charge of the new Grey Sloan Surgical Innovation Contest, and the doctors are eager to start their projects. Meanwhile, Catherine's old friend has a shocking idea for Catherine and Jackson; and Meredith treats a returning patient who inspires her project, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, FEB. 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via Getty Images) ALEX BLUE DAVIS, RUSHI KOTA, JAKE BORELLI, JAICY ELLIOT
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Fans were all for the romance and cheered on Borelli for his decision to speak out. They shared their feelings about Schmitt’s revelation.

“Congratulations! Welcome to your new found freedom. Be happy!” someone wrote.

“As a lesbian myself, you have no idea how much it means that gay people are out there representing gay characters,” added another. “I am so proud of you and I love you so so much Jake.”

Another viewer thanked Borelli for representing someone like him, for being the kind of character that young Borelli wanted to see.

“This is honestly such an amazing thing,” he wrote, “As a gay man myself, it is so great to see you be able to be yourself in real life and on tv.”

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