G.B.F. Star: 'It Will Be A Gay Teen Movie Thanksgiving'
By Daniel Reynolds
Fresh from the premiere of their gay teen comedy on DirecTV, the gentlemen of G.B.F.—screenwriter George Northy, director Darren Stein, and star Michael J. Willett—hit the red carpet at the Outfest Legacy Awards with good cheer for the holiday season.
“We’re all excited just for the world to finally see it,” said Stein, who is known for directing cult classics like Jawbreaker and Color Me Olsen.
“We’ve done enough film festivals,” said Northy, an alumnus of the Outfest screenwriting lab who pointed to LGBT films such as Out100 honoree Jeffrey Schwarz's I Am Divine and Concussion as some of his favorites from the circuit. “We’re ready to get it out there.”
“We want to take over the world,” said Willett, who is also preparing for a role on an episode of MTV’s Faking It. “It’s going to be a gay teen movie Thanksgiving… You can have your G.B.F. drinking games at your Thanksgiving parties.”
“I hope that everyone sees G.B.F. and it’s the new teen film,” he added. “That’s my Christmas wish.”
G.B.F. will premiere in select theaters January 17, but it's now available to DirecTV’s over 35 million subscribers through December 19. Willett stars as the closeted teenager Tanner, who is thrust into his high school’s limelight when three popular girls Fawcett, Caprice, and ’Shley (Sasha Pieterse, Xosha Roquemore, and Andrea Bowen) discover he’s gay. The film also stars Out100 honoree Paul Iacono. With each trying to become the queen bee of their social scene, the three vie for his friendship, as a G.B.F., or gay best friend, is the season’s must-have accessory.
With a hilarious performance by Megan Mullally as an eager-to-please and overprotective mother, G.B.F. is a fun and frothy romp through high school with nods to Pygmalion, Mean Girls, Glee, and the films of John Hughes.
Watch the clip featuring Willett and Mullally below: