With Masters of the Air, Actor Kai Alexander's Career Takes Flight

Every actor has their light bulb moment, an inflection point in which their passion for a career in the performing arts is solidified. For Kai Alexander, it came at the age of 13 when he did a TV commercial for the cereal Honey Waffles. He had done a few school plays up to this point—bodyguard two was one of his best roles—but he hadn’t done anything quite on this scale or that really allowed him to experiment. A five- to 10-minute improv session with the commercial’s director Garth Jennings, in which he was instructed to hide a giant bear, was all it took. Alexander was hooked then and there. He enrolled in drama school shortly thereafter and started auditioning and booking steady work, and now, he’s a part of one of the most anticipated TV series of the year—Masters of the Air. His 13-year-old self would be ecstatic. 

Something to know about Alexander is that the UK native loves to enter uncharted territory. The more unknown a subject matter or character is to him, the better. When the audition for Masters of the Air came in and was entirely different from any of his previous work (he had recurring roles in Amazon’s Catastrophe and Netflix’s The Stranger and played a young Richard Branson in Danny Boyle’s 2022 FX limited series Pistol), he was totally game. It also didn’t hurt that industry legends Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg were attached as executive producers. 

Based on the 2007 nonfiction book by Donald L. Miller, Masters of the Air serves as a successor to the miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific and tells the story of the 100th Bomb Group of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II that went by the bleak nickname the Bloody Hundredth. It is an exhilarating war epic with a heart-wrenching narrative of perilous high-flying missions and brotherhood accompanied by stunning cinematography. The Apple TV+ series, which premiered its first two episodes on January 26, also features a noteworthy cast of Hollywood’s most promising male talent. Alexander is starring alongside Austin Butler, Callum Turner, and Barry Keoghan, to name a few. 

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