When Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) started doing standup, he considered Hugh Grant to be the gold standard of rom-com stars. But @kumailn never dreamed of becoming one himself. “It just felt like the people who were making those things were, like, aliens, or gods,” he said. Next month, though, the 39-year-old actor tackles the lead role in @thebigsickmovie, which is based on his own experiences meeting and dating his future wife, @emilyvgordon, who wrote the script with him. @kumailn plays a gently tweaked version of himself; Emily (@zoe.kazan) is a therapist-to-be who heckles him during one of his sets. When Emily’s placed in a medically induced coma — a plot point taken from real life — things come to an unexpectedly funny head. Seeing a #PakistaniAmerican comic secure the romantic lead in a #Hollywood film would be a rare delight under any circumstances. What makes @thebigsickmovie all the more remarkable? It presents a vision of a Muslim family rarely seen in American film. “You just don’t see Muslims being matter-of-fact Muslim,” @kumailn said. “They’re always defined by their Muslim-ness.” Visit the link in our profile to read more, and to see more photos by @brinsonbanks.