Alex Landi breaks stereotypes! Parents and race
Alex Landi is well-known to Grey’s Anatomy viewers. The actor played Dr. Nico Kim, the series’ first gay and Asian male surgeon.
The 29-year-old celebrity is “half Korean, half Italian” His mom is Korean. Her Italian father, Joseph P. Landi, came to the U.S. when she was 15.
Parents supported Alex Landi’s acting
Landi attended Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, New Jersey, as a teenager.
His interest in acting grew when his parents took him to Broadway plays as a child. He considered a career in showbiz.
The family found this decision new and difficult for many reasons.
Landi’s parents didn’t have an acting experience and had different cultures.
His parents supported his performing career. He studied finance and economics at Delaware.
“I made a complete [180-degree] turn and went to the Lee Strasberg [Theatre and Film Institute],” he claimed in a 2021 interview with Civilian magazine.
Alex Landi will play any ethnic role
Landi told the Civilian that he got his big break quickly. He sent a self-tape audition for Grey’s Anatomy, which impressed producers.
The actor was summoned to visit the team in Los Angeles for more tests, which he passed. He’s the show’s first gay Asian surgeon. After that, he played Henry Lee in Insatiable’s second season.
When asked if he felt comfortable playing Asian characters, he said he loved all cultures because he was mixed. Later, he said he’s open to Caucasian and Asian roles.
Alex Landi breaks stereotypes
He inquired why an Asian James Bond or Marvel superhero couldn’t exist. He wanted to be a Marvel superhero.
Simu Liu played the Asian superhero in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings this year, fulfilling his ambition.