Entertainment Movies Ben Platt Says 2021 'Deeply Sucked,' but Boyfriend Noah Galvin Made It 'Mostly Wonderful' Ben Platt and Noah Galvin, who have been dating since January 2020, have both played the titular role in Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen By Dan Heching Dan Heching Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 29, 2021 10:22 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: ben platt/instagram Ben Platt is sharing what he's most grateful for from the past year. The Dear Evan Hansen star, 28, posted a picture on Instagram Wednesday, showing him kissing the cheek of boyfriend Noah Galvin, who has starred in The Good Doctor and The Real O'Neals. In the photo, the pair wore similar red shirts and matching tortoise-shell sunglasses, as they embraced by the beach. "2021 often deeply sucked and yet he somehow made it mostly wonderful," Platt sweetly wrote in the caption. Ben Platt, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams and Dear Evan Hansen Cast Discuss Mental Health with PEOPLE Both he and Galvin — who replaced Platt in the Tony-winning Broadway production Dear Evan Hansen in 2017 — also shared video and images from their time riding a jet ski in the ocean. The pair have been together since January 2020, after a friendship that lasted a number of years. Galvin, 27, went public with their relationship that May during an episode of the Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine podcast. 5 Things to Know About The Real O'Neals' Noah Galvin Noah Galvin/instagram Platt later opened up about how his bond with Galvin turned romantic during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show in June, explaining that he didn't realize his feelings for the actor until five years into their friendship. "We've been together a year-and-a-half now," he said at the time. "We were friends for five years and right before the pandemic, we finally decided to really give it a shot. We kind of skated around it for a long time." According to Platt, the COVID-19 pandemic brought things from "zero to 60," and the couple started "living together with my parents in our childhood home and seeing each other all the time." RELATED VIDEO: Ben Platt Is Hopeful That New Movie Will Show Kids 'Their Loneliness & Isolation' Is Universal Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. "It ended up being a beautiful time," he added. In September, Platt shared more details about his relationship with the Booksmart actor in an interview with Out magazine. The Politician star told the outlet he's found "a partner that I really love, Noah Galvin, my boyfriend," before opening up about how Galvin helped him overcome the "fear and apprehension" he felt about reprising his role as Evan Hansen in the recent film adaptation after playing the character on Broadway in 2016. Platt said his partner "has a really unique ability to help me to … be present where I am and to make the life that's happening day to day too wonderful to not want to be on the ground for it."