The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, 58, took to Instagram to congratulate her actor husband, who just landed a role in a studio movie after 40 years. Rinna added a picture of Hamlin and their daughter Amelia, 20. See it below
“I’d like to share a little story about my husband,” the reality star began.
Rinna continued, “40 years ago he starred in a Movie for @20thcenturystudios called Making Love. It was the first gay love story controversial and groundbreaking. 40 years later Harry just got his first Studio movie.”
She also noted that Hamlin “hasn’t worked for a MAJOR film studio in 40 years,” adding, “Talk about Tenacity and standing your ground and risk taking and being a f–king Stud!!!”
Rinna concluded her message, writing, “I’m so blessed and honored to be able to call myself his wife. Congrats Harry Hamlin!!!!!!! *ps wait until you hear who he is starting in the new movie with!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”
Fans React To The News
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The sweet tribute seemed to hit a chord with Rinna’s 3.2 million followers. The post has racked up almost 56,000 likes and over 870 comments as of late. Many fans and several notable personalities took to the comments section to comment on the good news.
“I remember when Harry did this and the way he talked about the role. It made a big impact on me. He was an ally way before it was fashionable,” TV writer Gary Janetti wrote.
“That movie was so important to gay guys like me still living out in the boonies. You have no idea how important! Thank you, Harry, for your bravery!!” actor Leslie Jordan remarked, adding, “I had a crush on him before you. Just sayin’.”
“I remember that movie and he was fantastic (and gorgeous). He is still gorgeous, fantastic and CONGRATULATIONS Harry Hamlin. You stand your ground and don’t let anyone ever tell you you can’t or won’t. Not ever,” designer Marc Jacobs added.
“That movie changed my life ! And it’s when I fell in love with Harry !” reality star Carson Kressley noted.
Hamlin Is ‘Proud’ Of His Work
In February, Hamlin opened up about the infamous film “Making Love” and how “proud” he was of it despite the negative feedback it received back then.
“I was told by a lot of people, you can’t do that movie,” he told People during the movie’s 40th anniversary. “I think it had been offered to pretty much everybody in town and everyone had turned it down because they thought it might be damaging to their careers.”
Hamlin played Bart McGuire, a writer who became romantically involved with Zack Elliot, a young doctor (played by Michael Ontkean), married to Claire Elliot, a TV exec (played by Kate Jackson).
Hamlin continued, “I didn’t see it that way. I was looking for something serious and something meaningful, rather than doing a movie about vampire bats invading a small town in the Midwest, which is the type of fare I was being offered at the time.”
Did ‘Making Love’ Ruin Hamlin’s Career?
According to him, the film was probably the reason why he “stopped getting calls” and offers for new roles.
“I’ve done independent films but never a studio film. I had been doing nothing but studio films and basically going out on all the castings for all the movies. That stopped completely,” he explained.
Hamlin noted, “Regardless of the effect it had on my film career, I went on to have a great career — and I still do. I’m very proud of having done that movie.”