Clips From Before I Got Famous
The first trailer is out for the Before I Got Famous web series and I couldn’t be more excited.
We talked about this web series before at the start of last month. If you don’t remember or didn’t read that post, here’s a little refresher.
The story follows Xingcheng You (or Alex), a handsome 21-year-old Chinese man who leaves his small town in China with the dream to become a Hollywood movie star, he then realizes two scary truths: he is not the only handsome man out there, and he is not the only one who dreams of becoming a movie star.
It is a comical inside look at the gay dating scene, acting as an Asian against race stereotypes, and general hilarity.
I’ve known about this upcoming series for a minute now and have waited patiently for it to arrive (still am). Thus, I’m eternally grateful that not only has the trailer/press release come out but that I was given a few exclusive clips to share with you all!
So, let’s watch the trailer and clips and then have a little discussion afterwards.
So, what did you think?
As for my own thoughts, I do have to admit that I’m a little worried. I’m down to watch this web series and I guarantee you I will be emotionally attached to the two main characters of Xingcheng You (Alex) and Cindy.
That said, I’m honestly worried about the series hitting the message too hard on the head.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m in total support of the story’s message that Asian people (and Asian men in the gay community) deserve better representation and treatment. I’ll never forget how Chris Rock hosted the Oscars and asked for more diversity in Hollywood while making jokes about Asian people.
But, I also know that if you repeat a message too much or come at viewers too hard with it, no one will listen. And the marketing with its trailer/clips only show me that message.
That said, the series is written by Q. Allan Brocka who wrote the original Eating Out film, directed and co-wrote Eating Out: Band Camp and Eating Out: Open Weekend, and wrote Boy Culture. Plus, this is a web series with 10 episodes. I have confidence that the story’s writing will not only educate me, but also entertain me in that amount of time.
Adding to that, I believe in the vision of the director and the producer. Giovanna Sarquis, the director for Before I Got Famous’s first season, stated:
“We wanted to challenge the labels, and the stereotypes both Hollywood and the world have of minorities. This is why we chose to have a Gay Asian, Gay Latino and a White Woman carry the show. We wanted to explore what it meant to be them in Los Angeles.”
I’m all for that, and I hope that this series catches on with a larger audience from the LGBTQ community, the Asian community, and even people outside of both.
In the meantime, we can all sit together anxiously as we wait for the series to debut on REVRY, the first global LGBTQ streaming platform, later this month on August 25.
Will you be watching?