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JUSTIN Cham­bers can’t help but laugh at his sex sym­bol sta­tus. He may well be the Calvin Klein model turned Grey’s Anatomy ac­tor, but he sees him­self as any­thing but the ladies’ man.

Cham­bers, who plays the some­times-ar­ro­gant, smart-talk­ing Alex Karev, has been mar­ried for 18 years and is a fa­ther of five to Is­abella, twins Maya and Kaila, Eva and Jack­son.

It seems odd that the cast mem­ber with such a set­tled, con­ven­tional home life is the one who re­ceives the avalanche of mail — not all of it pos­i­tive— from view­ers.

Much of the cor­re­spon­dence stems from the fact Cham­bers plays a char­ac­ter who has had more than his share of sex­ual con­quests and can be so abra­sive.

Asked about the weird­est mail he’s re­ceived, he says: ‘‘ Some­thing neg­a­tive, in­volv­ing in­ter­ra­cial mar­riage. It was re­ally dark and evil. I con­sider it weird (that any­one) would have that point of view.

‘‘ The weird­est is that I’ve got­ten some clothes. I ap­pre­ci­ate it, but I just don’t need it. Golf shirts, socks. It’s just weird.’’

Cham­bers’ ca­reer be­gan when a mod­el­ling agent no­ticed him on a Paris sub­way. It was a dream start in show­biz, but it fol­lowed plenty of trauma.

Cham­bers had an at-times dif­fi­cult up­bring­ing in Spring­field, Ohio.

As a re­sult of his par­ents hav­ing jobs as sher­iff’s deputies, he be­came ac­cus­tomed to hear­ing tales of mur­der and law­less­ness.

Never was this dark­ness more ap­par­ent than when Cham­bers’ high-school friend, a teenager named Rod­ney, met a grisly end.

A man from the neigh­bour­hood sus­pected Rod­ney and other boys were steal­ing from him. The man re­acted by burst­ing into Rod­ney’s home, shoot­ing him, his baby brother and their si­b­lings.

A sec­ond in­ci­dent, where a woman and her son were butchered by her boyfriend, also left Cham­bers rat­tled.

‘‘ It was kind of nasty, some of that stuff,’’ Cham­bers says.

‘‘ I did a movie about the Zo­diac se­rial killer (in which he played a 1960s de­tec­tive) and it (ex­pe­ri­ences from his teens and hav­ing cops as par­ents) played into that. You know, weird things hap­pen in small towns.’’ Grey’s Anatomy, Chan­nel 7, Thurs­day, 8.30pm Sexy: Justin Cham­bers scoffs at claims he’s a ladies’ man.

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