Alex Landi has called his gay role on
the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy a “dream come true.”
In the show's 15th season,
Landi, whose parents are Korean and Italian, plays Dr. Nico Kim,
Grey's Anatomy's first gay male surgeon.
Speaking with WWD.com, Landi said
reaction to his character has been overwhelming.
“We obviously knew there would be
buzz, but we didn’t actually realize how much of a global reach
Grey's Anatomy actually has. I was getting messages from
Brazil, Italy, France, India, it wasn’t just everyone in America,”
said. “I really look up to all the producers and directors for
taking this chance [on me], and opening it up to especially an Asian
doctor. I think it’s great that they’re combining the Asian
ethnicity with the LGBTQ community and combining it into role.”
“I think a lot of the fans were kind
of waiting for a gay male surgeon like this. Some of the people were
saying that they are going to start watching Grey’s again
because of the casting. When I read stuff like that it’s definitely
really welcoming, and this is why I’m doing this.”
Landi added that the role is “honestly
a dream come true” for him.
“[Pursuing an acting career is] a lot
of hard work and perseverance; it's taken me years to get to this
stage. I took the leap, and here I am now,” he said.