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Lift off

Alex Landi tells Attitude about the joy of playing Grey’s Anatomy’s first openly gay male surgeon – including that kiss in the elevator

Styling Joseph Kocharian

Location Andaz West Hollywood

Alex wears tank, by Calvin Klein ID, jeans, by Calvin Klein Jeans, underwear, by Calvin Klein Underwear, necklace, by Chupi
Photography Taylor Miller
Alex wears tank, by Calvin Klein ID, jeans, by Belstaff, underwear, by Calvin Klein Underwear, necklace, by Chupi

Grey’s Anatomy has a special place in my heart. When I’m hungover and need an emergency purging of emotion, I’ll YouTube one of the US medical drama’s many gutwrenching finales. I still haven’t forgiven the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes for the fate that befell my beloved Danny Duquette way back when – long-time fans will know what I’m banging on about. (Whatever happened to my Shonda-shaped voodoo doll, for that matter?)

The series has even given me a funeral song option; Greg Laswell’s very on-the-nose Of I Go, tussling for top spot against Feed the Birds (Tuppence A Bag) from Mary Poppins.

Admittedly, I’ve scrubbed in and out of Grey’s since its superlative early days, but I checked back into season 15 last year when the smouldering Alex Landi joined the ranks at the fictional Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital as orthopedic expert, Dr Nico Kim. The half-Korean-half-Italian actor made history from the get-go as his character is the first-ever openly gay – not to mention first Asian – male surgeon in the show. On top of that, Alex is so damn cute he’ll make your heart skip a beat. It was no surprise then that I jumped at the chance to interview the TV heartthrob, who made a splash during our cover photoshoot on the rooftop of the swish Andaz West Hollywood hotel in Los Angeles. There happened to be a swimming pool, it was hot and we thought it’d be a shame if Alex didn’t take full advantage of the amenities. Note to Grey’s producers: he needs to be topless more.

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