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'Grey's Anatomy' Star Alex Landi Talks Breaking Stereotypes, Playing Gay

Monday Jan 7, 2019

Alex Landi made headlines last year when he became the first gay male surgeon on the long-running "Grey's Anatomy." The actor is now opening up about breaking Asian stereotypes, the LGBTQ community and being a straight person playing a gay character.

Speaking with Attitude magazine, Landi, who plays Dr. Nico Kim on the ABC show's 15th season, explained his motivation.

"As an actor, I want to do the best job I can in any role, regardless of my own personal sexuality or the character's," he said. "I just want to do this role proud for the LGBT+ and the Asian communities. If I put in my two cents, the best actor wins.

"It comes down to the role breakdown," Landi, 26, added. "it just falls into whoever can do it the best and what the producer likes. I don't think it necessarily has to fall into sexual identity. It falls into who can get the job done."

"There are discussions about transgender actors playing transgender roles, gay actors playing gay roles, and Asian actors speaking up about whitewashing simply because not all actors have equal opportunities," the actor told Attitude. "There isn't a level playing ground. When roles stop being pre-defined by ethnicity and sexual orientation, that is when these discussions will no longer be at the forefront of casting decisions."

Landi also mentions that producers for "Grey's" were looking for "a very masculine 'bro' type, and they wanted him to be openly gay."

"That was disclosed to me before the audition," he said. "I'm trying to break stereotypes. Asian men are not seen as masculine in the media and that is something that I am striving to change.

"Why can't there be an Asian James Bond? Why can't there be an Asian Marvel superhero? There are plenty of Asian men who can pull it off. A dream of mine is to become a Marvel superhero," Landi said.

"Grey's" made headlines again after Landi's costar Jake Borelli came out as gay at the same time his character, Dr. Levi Schmitt, did.

Click here to read Landi's full interview with Attitude.


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