Asian representation and cutting remarks are just two of the topics up for discussion.
Attitude, Europe’s biggest gay lifestyle magazine, has revealed its February cover stars for February: RuPaul’s Drag Race icon Bianca Del Rio and Grey’s Anatomy star Alex Landi.
Joining Landi in Los Angeles ahead of the show’s return on 17th January, Attitude discusses his joy at breaking down barriers as Grey’s Anatomy’s first openly gay surgeon – Dr Nico Kim, his hopes for the character, Asian and LGBT representation on screen, his views on straight actors playing LGBT characters, and his dream to become a Marvel superhero.
Meanwhile, Myra DuBois meets RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio to discuss drag culture in New York, why she’ll never bite her tongue, refusing to become a victim and her upcoming global tour.
Del Rio recently made history by becoming the first drag queen to headline their own show at Wembley Arena.
The February issue of Attitude goes on sale today. Here’s a few little tasters from the interviews with Landi and Del Rio.
ALEX on breaking down barriers through his role as Dr Nico Kim in Grey’s Anatomy –
“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.
“I just love how diverse Grey’s is. Less than 3 per cent of Asians are represented on TV, and less than 1 per cent are LGBT+, so for them to combine both of those minorities in one role is great.”
ALEX on straight actors playing LGBT roles –
“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. 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…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. 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.”
BIANCA on her cutting humour and regrets –
“I don’t [have regrets]. That’s the whole thing. I can say whatever I want and it may not work for everyone and you have those nights where you think: “Oh, I could have said that better,” but in the end, I can talk about whatever I want. You don’t have to like it. And you have to realise that I’m not doing everything for you to like.
“At one point, I was discussing how I look like a racoon and I thought: the fucking racoon people are gonna come after me and say I’m being racoon-phobic. “How dare you, these nocturnal creatures don’t deserve you to compare yourself to them!” But I’m making the joke about myself and I think that’s what is fascinating when someone tells me, “You can’t say that.” You can’t let that bother you because if you do, you’re gonna be apologising for everything.”
BIANCA on the perception of gay trauma –
“It’s fine for you to think that way but that’s not who I am. There’s a lot that’s happened in my life but that doesn’t mean it has to be told. How many sad gay stories do we need in the world? Why can’t someone just be a clown?”