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Grey’s Anatomy Alum Rushi Kota On His Hallmark Movie Make Me A Match

Grey's Anatomy alum Rushi Kota on making the Hallmark movie, Make Me a Match
Photo: Rushi Kota ©2023 Hallmark Media/Photographer: Craig Minielly

A new, original Hallmark Channel movie, Make Me a Match stars Grey’s Anatomy star Rushi Kota, alongside Eva Bourne. Premiering on Saturday, June 24, the movie is about Boom, the son of a matchmaker and Vivi (Bourne), the creative director at a dating app company. The couple meets when Boom’s mom (Rekha Sharma) tries to find the perfect match for Vivi. Rushi Kota, who plays Boom, spoke to Digital Journal about his new movie that airs as part of the June Weddings programming event.

Rushi Kota on his new Hallmark Movie, Make Me a Match

Make Me a Match on Hallmark Channel
Photo: Eva Bourne, Rushi Cota ©2023 Hallmark Media/Photographer: Allister Foster

Actor Rushi Kota previously starred in Grey’s Anatomy and Never Have I Ever and now stars in the new, original Hallmark movie, Make Me A Match. When asked about his latest movie project, Kota gushed, saying “Honestly, it was a hell of an experience.” However, he went on to talk about his anxiety about playing a lead role and its timing, saying:

As an actor, I was filled with tremendous growth and joy. However, I had a lot of anxiety the two weeks prior to shooting because this was my first lead in a movie, and my wife was due to give birth to our first baby.

Rushi added that luckily everything worked out and he got to spend a week with his newborn son before shooting began. As he landed in Vancouver, he said he was relieved by how organized everything was on the set, saying, “Hallmark knows how to put these groups of people together to create a wonderfully collaborative space.”

‘Original and meaningful rom-com’

Make Me a Match on Hallmark Channel
Photo: Rushi Kota, Rekha Sharma ©2023 Hallmark Media/Photographer: Allister Foster

Speaking of the people behind Make Me A Match, Kota said, “Nikhil S. Jayaram wrote an original and meaningful rom-com and Heather H. Doyle captained the ship with such finesse as a director.”

The Grey’s Anatomy star said he truly had one of the best experiences working with the cast and crew of the Hallmark movie. Rushi said that everybody came to the set each day with “positivity and readiness to go above and beyond.”

The actor went on to say that if he had to complain about anything relating to the movie it would be that his view of the Canadian mountains was “too serene.”

About Kota’s role in Hallmark’s Make Me A Match

Make Me a Match on Hallmark Channel
Photo: Rushi Cota, Eva Bourne ©2023 Hallmark Media/Photographer: Allister Foster

Speaking of his character in the Hallmark Channel movie, Kota said that he liked the fact that his character, Boom had a “really cool name.” He added that Boom was “rooted in culture” but there was more to the character.

Rushi explained that he liked how layered Boom was and that underneath his “sarcastic cool guy exterior” lay an “altruistic softie.” Meanwhile, he was masking his pain from the loss of his father, which was preventing him from seeking out his own happiness.

Moreover, he liked how Boom brought out his own “playful mischievous side, saying it was fun creating his character’s life.

Rushi Kota on Grey’s Anatomy

Rushi Kota in Make Me a Match on Hallmark Channel
Photo: Rushi Kota ©2023 Hallmark Media/Photographer: Allister Foster

Speaking of his former role in Grey’s Anatomy as Vik Roy, Kota said it was great and was one of his first big TV acting roles, saying:

Ellen, Sarah, Chandra, Justin, Kelly, Kevin, and James were all exceptionally gracious with their time. Just like in the show, they say Grey’s Sloan Memorial is a teaching hospital, it felt very much like a teaching show in acting as well. I had a lot of fun getting to do the stunts for my character Vik who was getting into all kinds of trouble.

Read the full interview with new Hallmark star Rushi Kota on Digital Journal. Watch Make Me A Match when it premieres on Saturday, June 24 at 8 pm ET/PT on Hallmark Channel.


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