The "Grey's Anatomy" star decided to borrow an idea from the movie -- which is his Christmas favorite -- to call attention to a special cause. Using poster board, he wrote out a message in support of the organization My Friend's Place and shared it on his Instagram. In the four-part video, he gave background on MFP, which he described as "an incredible drop in resource centre for homeless youth in Los Angeles," and informed fans that they'll be hosting their third annual Tough Mudder in March in hopes of raising $30,000 for MFP's 30th anniversary.
Gianniotti also encouraged fans to donate to the cause. As he pointed out, the holidays are the perfect time to "catch you at your weakest, and tug at the heart strings." The use of "Love Actually" was an added stroke of genius. Watch below.
Hey Guys, Tough Mudder for @myfriendsplace 2018 is on! This March. If you feel it in your heart this holiday season, please go to www.crowdrise.com/greysanatomytoughmudder or click the link in my bio to donate. Happy holidays from my family to yours. Thanks for reading!
As far as "Love Actually" shout-outs and donation requests go, it's hard to find fault with Gianniotti's. In fact, to us, it was perfect.
Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary. Read More