“Two Brothers” are coming to YASS

“Two Brothers is a drama series that follows Aiden and Aaron, a set of fraternal twins who move to Severn Bridge. We follow the very real struggles of this small town’s community as each person fights to find self acceptance. Fitting in will be exceptionally hard for these two. Not only are they visible minorities, but one is also gay.”

Andrew Meikle is the writer, director, and producer of the series. “I have been acting and modelling since I was nine years old. In 2010 I decided to start my own Independent film company called “Meikle Productions” (MP). Since then I have finished three features films entitled “Consequences”, “The One That Got Away”, and “The One Night Stand”. During the quarantine I took the time to write the story of “Two Brothers”. I was never good with words and expressing myself. When the Black Lives Matter movement happened I couldn’t find the right way to express how I felt. So I started to write this script, and use this as a way to speak up!”

credits: Blake Morrow

“2 Brothers” a story that I am very passionate about, and tackles issues that need to be talked about. Not many shows have black actors as leads. They normally play the “best friends” or the side character. Andrew reveals: “My goal with the series, is to show that you don’t have to be white to be a leading man, women, or PERSON. Race is not the only issue we showcase in the show. It has a huge focus on what goes on in the LGBTQ community. Our characters struggle with coming out, accepting who they are, and learning the discrimination that goes on within the community itself”. YASS met Andrew Meikler and we found everything you wanted to know.

What is Two Brothers?

“Two Brothers is a drama series that follows Aiden and Aaron, a set of fraternal twins who move to Severn Bridge. We follow the very real struggles of this small town’s community as each person fights to find self acceptance. Fitting in will be exceptionally hard for these two. Not only are they visible minorities, but one is also gay.”

Where can we watch the series and what shall we expect in the future?

We just finished filming the first episode in August. Since then we have pitched the show to networks, and we are waiting to hear back. While we wait, we launched our GOFUNDME page to help fund the project just in case we don’t receive any funding. The show is 8 episode series and I’m so confident that people will like it, I already started writing season 2!

How did you come up with the idea and what do the series represent?

To be honest, I used my time during the lockdown to do some writing. I though to myself “I’ve never seen a show about two black twins, where one was gay and one was straight and the struggles they both face”. It’s a story that I am very passionate about, and tackles issues that need to be talked about. Not many shows have black actors as leads. They normally play the “best friends” or the side character. My goal with the series is to show that you don’t have to be white to be a leading man, woman, or PERSON. Race is not the only issue we showcase in the show. It has a huge focus on what goes on in the LGBTQ community. Our characters struggle with coming out, accepting who they are, and learning the discrimination that goes on within the community itself.

How important is it for you to have those stories heard?

This story is so impactful, and my goal it to help people who are going through the same struggles as the characters.Growing up black was hard enough, but being black AND gay was a true struggle. Hearing the words Chi Chi Man, and Botty Man (gay slurs) thrown around was not easy, and it kept me in the closet for longer than I would have liked. When I finally came out, my father disowned me. I haven’t spoken to or seen him in 6 years. I need everyone to hear this…ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER.

You are writing, directing and producing the series. How do you feel when you see this
series on the screen? Does it feel rewarding to see all your efforts coming to life?

It’s honestly one of the best feelings ever. It really hit me during the audition process when I saw the actors reading the scenes that I wrote. While we were filming the first episode I got really emotional, and I even started tearing up at one point. This project means so much to me, and it’s such a great feeling to see the characters that I created come to life. Also being able to act in the series myself has been a dream. 


How did you decide to start your own production company?

I went to school for Film and Television production and I realized that it wasn’t for me so I dropped out. I wanted to just focus on writing, so I applied to the Toronto Film School for scriptwriting. A month before classes were supposed to start the program got cancelled. So I just decided to do the research and teach myself, and here we are!

Tell us some things about yourself! How would you describe yourself and how do youidentify?
My name is Andrew, and I have been married to my husband for 4 years. We have a little fur baby named Chucky (yes he is named after the killer doll). I am a huge horror fan, and I love teen dramas. I identifiy as gay. I came out to my family pretty late, and it wasn’t a happy ending for me. I haven’t spoken to my dad since I came out. 

How did the pandemic affect your career and your life?

It’s really affected the production of the series. We had a big launch party fundraiser planned for the month of October that we had to cancel because the bars got shut down again due to COVID. Filming is currently on hold because of all the new protocols that are being implemented. Which is why we are using this time to focus on promoting the series and spreading the word.  

What are your biggest influences for the show?

I’d have to say Queer As Folk, Degrassi, and ELITE. 

Is there enough LGBTQ+ visibility in your industry?

There could be more. We need to keep producing shows that highlight people in the LGBTQ+ community. We need to be seen, and make ourselves as visible as possible so that seeing a gay person on tv is just normal.

How important is inclusivity and raising awareness through the series?

I never saw anyone like me on tv growing up, and my plan is to change that. If you can’t donate, then please share this video, hopefully it will reach out to someone like me. That’s worth more than money. I want them to know they’re not alone, and they will get through this.With everything that’s going on in the world right now, it’s important for a show like this to be seen. I’m positive that everyone who tunes in will be able to relate to one or more characters that they see. The black queer community needs to be seen and heard, and this is my way of doing it. I’m using the storylines within the show to make sure that we aren’t forgotten, and that people know that we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going ANYWHERE.
What are your future plans?


Right now I want to just finish the rest of the seven episodes so I can put it out into the world, and have people fall in love with the characters I created. So please help us out by following us on social media and checking out our GOFUNDME page. 

For more of 2 Brothers here are their official accounts:

Facebook Instagram Twitter TIKTOK YOUTUBE GOFUNDME LINK

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