For it’s 15th season, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy has featured its first gay male surgeon, Dr. Nico Kim, played by up-and-coming actor Alex Landi.
In a recent interview with Travis Mills on Beats 1 at Apple Music, Landi, who identifies as straight, says the importance of a gay Asian character being portrayed on prime time network TV is not lost on him.
“I’m just glad that I can give everyone a voice,” Landi says. “Asians are represented, I think, by less than 3 percent in entertainment, LGBTQ being less than 1 percent, so for them to combine both of those categories into one role is super special, and I’m so happy that I can take that on.”
When asked what’s the most challenging part of playing his character, Landi says he just doesn’t want to mess anything up.
“I just hope I do it right,” He says. “I just hope the way I do it is accepted by everyone.”
He continues: “I want to take these two categories and make everyone look strong. I want to get rid of that stereotype and give them a different look on the LGBTQ community. I just hope I’m making everyone proud.”
Season 15 of Grey’s Anatomy is currently on holiday hiatus but it expected to return to ABC in January.