Question: Will Alex’s love interest on Grey’s Anatomy be an existing character or someone new? —Delaney Ausiello: She’ll definitely be someone new (perhaps this beauty?). But the longtime bachelor has a few more personal demons to exorcise before he meets The One. “In the aftermath of being the person who was supposed to be on the plane but who didn’t get on the plane, Alex has filled the void that he had been feeling in his life with a lot of sex with a lot of people,” reveals Rhimes. “And he really paints himself into a corner.”
Question: What’s with the lockdown on Grey’s Anatomy spoilers pertaining to Arizona?Is Shonda Rhimes attempting to build suspense by staying mum? —Dorcas Ausiello: As Rhimes explained it to me, she would prefer the audience go on the character’s “really interesting journey” with fresh eyes “as opposed to already knowing what’s going to happen. It’s one of the journeys that I’m most proud of. The acting has been incredible. We just want to let it be what it is.”
Question: I’m very excited by the prospect of a Derek-Callie friendship this season on Grey’s Anatomy. What exactly brings them together? —Eric Ausiello: The “shared experience” of the crash, per Rhimes, who notes, “Even though Callie wasn’t in the crash herself, they both experienced some pretty traumatic things because of it. Also, Callie is going to be working in a pretty interesting way to fix Derek’s hand.”
'Grey's Anatomy' Season 9 Spoilers: Arizona's in Very 'Bad Shape'
Grey's Anatomy's ninth season premieres at the end of the month, on September 27, with "Going Going Gone," which is going to pick up a couple of months after the crash. Arizona's fate has been debated all summer; will she survive?
Jessica Capshaw told Wetpaint Entertainment, "She was in bad shape. She's in bad, bad, bad, bad shape! It's bad for her. Things are bad, bad, bad, bad. ... I think there's a big question mark. At the end of the season, there were a lot of question marks around a lot of things, and there were obviously some really tragic losses. And I think the season picks up — I think — with all of those question marks still in the air and all of those tragic losses still being processed. And I don't really know what's going to end up with her!" It is the second episode, "Remember the Time," that is going to be showing what happened in the woods with flashbacks; what will that episode show for Arizona?
Going into Grey's Anatomy season 9, you know that Arizona's leg was looking pretty bad—as was Arizona herself as she sat with Mark while the survivors were waiting and hoping for rescue. It's not supposed to be an easy year for Callie, who will be dealing with losing Mark, as Eric Dane is only going to be in the beginning of the season. If Arizona does survive, she could be left with a permanent leg injury with the doctors stuck out in the woods.
There has been speculation that she could lose her leg, and considering they're out in the woods, where her leg could get infected, that's not completely impossible. Then there's the possibility that she's going to have a long recovery process ahead of her. What would that mean for her career-wise as she'd likely be away from work? How long would it take for her to get back to the hospital? Would she go back? There's also what this could mean for her and Callie's relationship. If Arizona is recovering from a serious injury, it could fall on Callie to take care of things by herself, and that includes taking care of Sofia alone since Mark's not going to be around. Whatever does happen and however long Arizona is around in season 9, there's a tough road ahead for her.
What do you think of the latest tease about Arizona's fate on Grey's Anatomy season 9?
Grey’s Anatomy Season 9 Spoilers Roundup: Meet the New Characters
Now that Grey's Anatomy Season 9 is less than two weeks away (it premieres September 27), it's time to once again take stock of the many new characters we know of.
To start, here are the notable casting notices we know of:
Dr. Parker: “a top-of-his-game physician in his 40s or 50s” Dr. Mel Barnett: “slightly younger” doctor Male medical professional: “smart,” “not Hollywood handsome” Female medical professional: “smart,” “not Hollywood pretty” Female patient: “girl-next-door pretty” Another doctor: A mid-40s male doc who's a "genuinely good guy" and will be in more than one episode.
And these are the actors who have confirmed roles in the new season:
Camilla Luddington will be playing a "young doctor." She currently has a recurring role, with the potential to become a regular. Will she be one of the interns Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina (Sandra Oh) end up teaching in their new role as residents?
Gaius Charles has an as-yet undescribed recurring role. Could he be playing Dr. Mel Barnett, the young doctor? Steven Culp has a recurring role as a "top dog doctor," though whether he'll work at Seattle Grace-Mercy West or elsewhere is not yet known. His description seems to match with the "top-of-his-game" Dr. Parker.
Jerrika Hinton has been cast in a recurring role as an intern.
Dominic Hoffman will play a doc who sticks around Seattle Grace-Mercy West for "at least one episode." Could he be the "good guy" doctor?
Tina Majorino has been cast in a top-secret role. Do you think she could be the girl-next-door pretty patient?
Grey’s Anatomy Season 9 will premiere on Thursday, September 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
‘GREY’S ANATOMY’: QUICK HITS FROM KEVIN MCKIDD True story: I adore Kevin McKidd. Not only is he a hard-working guy — currently, he’s editing the fourth episode of the season, which he directed — but he’s a massively good teaser. And while I’m going to wait to share our full convo with you, here are some really tasty bits from our chat. (And, yes, this is a totally mean way for me to do this. But, you have to admit, it’s also a little fun — for me):
SG: Is the cheating issue from last season still hanging over Owen and Cristina this season? KM: I think we’ve kind of blown past that in a way because the cataclysmic events of what happened, especially everything with Cristina. It’s going to come back and affect Owen as well — even though he wasn’t on the plane. In retrospect, it’s going to come back and really affect him in a big way too and in a way that we don’t expect.
SG: We know that not all of the doctors are going to be working at Seattle Grace in the first episode (which is a flashforward). Obviously you can’t say who, but is it safe to assume that Owen and Christina are still in the same place working on these issues together? KM: That is not safe to assume…[truncated]
SG: Let’s talk about the flashbacks. KM: I can’t really say too much because that would be giving stuff away. Flashbacks are featured heavily in episode two and may appear in other ones.
SG: Did any of the characters reactions to the crash surprise you? KM:…the writers have kind of turned everything on its head and under duress and under stress people do act in a way out of character…
Look for my full chat with McKidd, where he talks about directing and the new season, on Sept. 27, the day of the big season premiere!
'Grey's Anatomy': 'True Blood,' 'Newsroom' Actress Checks In
ABC's Grey's Anatomy has added another doctor to its ranks.
True Blood and Newsroom actress Adina Porter has booked a guest-starring role on the upcoming ninth season of the Shonda Rhimes medical drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Porter, who played Tara's mother on True Blood and a member of Will McAvoy's staff on Newsroom, will play Dr. Ramsey, a doctor at the Boise hospital who treats the survivors of the plane crash that has already claimed at least one life (RIP, Lexie). She'll appear in the second episode of the season, "Remember the Time," when the medical drama flashes back to return to the site of the plane crash.
Porter, who has also appeared on Rhimes' Private Practice, becomes the latest guest actor to score a doctor role on the long-running series. She joins Friday Night Lights' Gaius Charles, who will check in as a doc at Seattle Grace, as well as True Blood alum Camilla Luddington, among others.
Keck's Exclusives: Ellen Pompeo Talks Grey's Anatomy Season 9
On a day off from Grey's Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo is at home under a backyard umbrella sipping a Pelligrino by the pool and savoring the last days of summer. Nearby, her 3-year-old daughter, Stella, plays. Life is good. Thanks to hefty pay hikes, Pompeo's character Meredith, Patrick Dempsey's Derek and Sandra Oh's Cristina were all spared in the season finale plane crash that left Lexie (Chyler Leigh) dead and Mark (Eric Dane) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) fighting for their lives. As Grey's begins its ninth season on Sept. 27, I found Pompeo to be extremely grateful for all her good fortune and happy to be back at a job she loves.
TV Guide Magazine: I always look forward to our start-of-season chats. When we spoke last time, you were open to the possibility of coming back but wanted to make sure there was a good reason. So...what was the reason?
Pompeo: Because I'm not crazy! ABC appreciates me very much and I'm not stupid [laughs]. The network goes above and beyond and I'd be an ass---- to not acknowledge that. And [showrunner] Shonda [Rhimes] thinks she has more story to tell. You gotta have faith in her. God bless her for coming up with this much show over this many years. And what else am I doin'?
TV Guide Magazine: Well, I imagine Grey's takes up so much time that you're not free to pursue other offers that no doubt would come your way.
Pompeo: It does, but that's okay. They compensate me for it and it's been a great experience. People still love the show. As cynical and jaded as I can get about it sometimes because I've been doing the same thing for so long, the truth is everywhere I go — whether it's Toys R Us — people genuinely light up when they talk about the show. I can't ignore that, either. That's significant. If I'm bringing joy to people and entertaining people as an actor, then I should be grateful for that and act accordingly, you know?
TV Guide Magazine: Wow! I can't tell you how good it is to hear you say that. On behalf of all Grey's fans, thank you for that, Ellen!
TV Guide Magazine: Did Shonda give you any sense of what her 'more story to tell' is over the next couple years? Pompeo: What I've heard them say is that this season Shonda wants to see her doctors, who are attendings now, teach. We have had interns on the show before and we've taught. Whether this will be different, I'm not sure. TV Guide Magazine: Are you playing Meredith more mature now that she's an attending?
Pompeo: It's always a challenging balance, but it's always my goal to do things that make the character grow and seem more mature. At the same time, they're always going to write certain behaviors that I only have so much control over.
TV Guide Magazine: For example?
Pompeo: I know the Cristina/Meredith relationship is super integral to the show, but something Patrick and I always discuss is if sometimes my loyalty seems to be with Cristina before my husband, I don't necessarily think that is all that realistic. Otherwise you wouldn't have a very healthy marriage. I don't know why you'd be married if your spouse isn't your number one person. We try to do what we can, but in the same brushstroke, it's just a TV show. We're not really changing the world or saving lives.
TV Guide Magazine: Give us a preview of some fun scenes you've shot for the new season.
Pompeo: Maybe the audience will be excited to see the new peeps on our show. We have Camilla Luddington [True Blood, Californication and Lifetime's William & Kate], who is an absolute doll. She's a lovely young actress and I think people will enjoy seeing her. I don't know how much the other [newbies] are going to be featured. So far to be honest the focus has been Camilla, who really pops. She plays Jo, my intern. Meredith takes out all her frustrations about Lexie dying [and another tragedy to come] on Jo. I don't deal with my sister's death yet. That comes up I think in episode five.
TV Guide Magazine: I can still hear Meredith crying, "Lexie's dead," out in the forest. It seemed so real and heartbreaking. You did something in those scenes that was devastating. How difficult was it for you to play?
Pompeo: Thank you. It's not fun. I actually said to my husband the other day, as a younger actress you love the torture and the pain. Acting can be an amazingly cathartic thing — especially for young girls. And then when you get older, settled and very happy in your life, you don't want to go to work and torture your soul and feel that pain. I used to be so into that, but now when someone dies it takes a lot of work. Doing it once or twice isn't hard. It's having to do it more than twice that gets challenging.
TV Guide Magazine: Did you get to have a moment with Chyler Leigh to say, "Hey, thanks for playing with me these last few years as my kid sister and I'm going to miss you"?
Pompeo: You know, to be honest I'm not really good at goodbyes. I don't like them. It gets very dramatic on set. When Chyler died at the table read, everyone was bawling. I just can't take it. I did the tearful thing at the table read. As actors, we're dramatic and all prone to drama, so I try to say, "Hey, I love ya" and try to run away.
TV Guide Magazine: Now, apparently the series goes back to the forest for episode two.
Pompeo: Yes we do. I do like the way they start the season, which is after a three-month jump. And then in the second episode we go back to immediately following where we left off, which is an interesting way to tell a story. It's mainly the rescue and us going to the local hospital. You just see the helicopter coming over us. [The actors] didn't go back to the forest to shoot. That finale was like 11 days — like a whole pilot. There was no way we could go back and do that again. There would be no time.
TV Guide Magazine: The Cristina fans really have been begging me for some hint of where she's headed.
Pompeo: We're all in the Boise hospital where we crashed and we stay there a couple days. And then we go back to Seattle. And then Cristina leaves to go to another hospital in the Midwest.
TV Guide Magazine: What effect does losing her person have on Mer?
Pompeo: Well, obviously Meredith thinks Cristina is running away and she shouldn't. Life sucks, but you can't run every time something happens. But the reality is 50 million bad things happened there. Meredith's mother died and we all almost got shot. George got run over by a bus. In a way, it's like Cristina's speech in the finale when she spoke about being so sick of watching people die. I am so glad she had that speech because in a way it is kind of absurd all the things they have to write into series television. For that reason, Cristina is outta there.
TV Guide Magazine: And what about Meredith's career decision?
Pompeo: Why Meredith wouldn't take a job at Harvard is a bit of a stretch. But for whatever reason she doesn't and convinces everyone [but Cristina] to stay. That's a difficult thing to believe when I'm playing it, but I'm just a paid employee who has to do what they say.
TV Guide Magazine: Well you have to overlook some things so the series can continue with the cast fans love.
Pompeo: Yeah. We have a boss like everybody else. You may not always agree with it but you still have to be professional and do the best you can.
TV Guide Magazine: What effect does Derek's injured hand have on Meredith and their marriage?
Pompeo: We're trying to see how that works out. He's trying to operate. Or we'll see if he teaches or whatever. That's a big question. He's happy to survive the plane crash and that his daughter has two parents. At the end of the day, it makes more sense that Derek would be happy and not upset about his hand. We filmed a scene where Derek says, "If I teach, who cares? I'm alive."
TV Guide Magazine: What about that dream house that Derek started building around 1965?
Pompeo: We're moving into the dream house. And I think Alex takes Meredith's house.
TV Guide Magazine: Lastly, I know we have to keep secret the fate of Arizona, but what can you say about the work you've been watching Jessica Capshaw do in her scenes?
Pompeo: I'm not really around when they film those scenes, but what I can say is the scenes Jessica has are really intense and definitely challenging. But I think Jessica's going to knock it out of the park and it's going to be great for the show!
Question: Grey’s Anatomy fan here — any hope for Cristina/Owen? —Amanda
Ausiello: Yes, but there will be darkness before the dawn. “Initially, it’s going to be very unsettling,” previews exec producer Shonda Rhimes of the couple’s Season 9 trajectory. “And then it’s going to get fairly romantic as we watch them find their way back to one another.” But Rhimes is quick to stress that their road to reconciliation will be paved with bumps both old and new. “There are the aftereffects of the plane crash,” she explains. “There’s still his cheating. Also, he still wants a family and she still doesn’t. That is a huge obstacle for a couple. I’d like to explore what happens when two people want fundamentally different things. I didn’t want them to just walk away from each other. I felt like a lot of couples would fight to be together and figure out how to do it.”
Exclusive: Grey's Anatomy Targets Bones Baddie Andrew Leeds — Plus, a First Look Clip!
Bones‘ Big Bad has landed a killer gig on Grey’s Anatomy. Andrew Leeds — who for the past year has been terrorizing Booth and Brennan as hacktivist-turned-murderer Christopher Pelant — has booked a potentially recurring role on ABC’s medical juggernaut, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Grey’s is keeping a tight lid on the specifics surrounding Leeds’ Grey’s character in order to protect an upcoming, top-secret storyline, but we can confirm he is not playing a doctor. Or a serial killer. Grey’s Anatomy‘s ninth season premieres Thursday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c. Leeds is slated to first appear during November sweeps. In other Grey’s Season 9 news, here’s a first clip from the premiere, in which Derek bonds with Callie (go to link for video)
Grey’s Anatomy | While there has been much talk about how Eric Dane’s imminent departure will affect the women (left) in Mark Sloan’s life – namely, daughter Sofia and baby momma Callie – his absence will trigger a shift among the gents, too. “Owen and Derek definitely start to lean on each other more,” Kevin McKidd shared with TVLine during Ausiello’s visit to the ABC drama’s set. “Owen needs a friend and so does Derek, so in the first few episodes they do check in with each other quite a bit. And it’s nice to see that friendship flourish.” Especially since Owen is still dealing with his fractured marriage, while Derek copes with a fractured hand. “Guys, being guys, are not great at talking all the time — they’re not like the ladies on the show, sitting around pouring out their feelings,” McKidd notes, “but [Owen and Derek] do have some moments that they share where they are both at in a very real way.”
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Kevin McKidd Talks Directing ‘Some Pretty Far-Out Comedic Storylines’
Kevin McKidd will be back in the director’s chair on Season 9 of Grey’s Anatomy.
The star, who plays chief of surgery, Owen Hunt, on ABC’s hit medical drama has previously directed three episodes of the show and will once again be pulling double duty for a new lighthearted episode.
McKidd told Celebuzz on Monday that he had just handed his cut of Season 9’s Episode 4, “I Saw Her Standing There,” a week-and-a-half ago and is hoping to get to step behind the camera again later in the season.
“I got given a kind of pretty light fun, one of those kind of light episodes of Grey’s,” said McKidd, 39. “It was fun for me because I usually do the more dramatic stuff so it was really fun to do some pretty far-out comedic storylines.”
What else did the star have to say about the episode?
The Scottish actor said, “I think we need that after the first three episodes. They’ll need kind of a break and a little bit of a light release and that’s what my episode does do quite well hopefully.”
Of course, the first three episodes of Grey’s Anatomy’s ninth season will be dealing with the repercussions of the tragic plane crash, which took place at the end of last season and killed Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh). With the first episode picking up a few months after the crash, and a flashback to the immediate revelation of the tragedy in Episode 2, we are stocking up on our tissues.
With music heightening the emotion on any and every episode of Grey’s, we were also wondering how much McKidd actually gets to contribute to picking the songs when he is sitting in the director’s chair.
He told us that while the amazing music department usually has some tracks laid down by the time he gets to the edit room, “there has been a couple of episodes where I have laid in and changed some songs here and there.” McKidd added that he actually changed the first song on his episode this season in order to get the right tone.
TV Guide. The actress will also be taking her turn behind the camera in the season’s third episode.
When we last saw Jackson’s (Jesse Williams) mother she was having a fling with Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.). Could the McKidd lighthearted episode have to do with her coming back for Round 2 with the former chief of surgery?
We’ll have to wait and see.
The ninth season of Grey’s Anatomy premieres Thursday at 9 PM on ABC.
Question: Grey’s Anatomy fan here looking for something, anything, on Meredith and Derek, please! —Jessica Ausiello: For the most part, they’ll be shielded from all the sturm und drang unfolding around them at Seattle Grace when the season picks up this Thursday. “There are heavier storylines in other places so [the writers] have to create a delicate balance between the heavy storylines and the light storylines,” explained Mer’s portrayer, Ellen Pompeo, during my visit to the Grey’s set last week. “And I think Derek and Meredith are just dealing a little bit with his hand and whether he can do surgery or not, and what does that look like? But there’s not too much drama surrounding them because, the truth is, they’re happy to be alive and be parents for their daughter. So we can play the lightness and leave the heavy stuff to other people.” Patrick Dempsey, meanwhile, seemed a little surprised when I informed him that Shonda Rhimes was planning to put Derek and Mer’s sex life under a microscope this season. “I need to go to the gym more,” he deadpanned, before adding, “I hope so. They’ve been fighting enough over the last eight years. I don’t know how they stayed together… We’ll see how much sex they’re having. They should have it at least once a day. But I think the baby gets in the way.”
Question: Did Patrick Dempsey give you some good scoop when you were on the Grey’s set? —Tia Ausiello: He explained to me why he decided to sign on for two more years of Grey’s last spring, “It was about job security,” he said, candidly. “You look at what’s going on in the world, how difficult it is to get a job. You see other actors who have been on other shows who aren’t working now. I’m like, ‘You know what? Why not?’ It’s here. It’s still going. Everybody’s working really well together. The scheduling is working out this year. And it’s still amazingly popular. I had a long time where I wasn’t working. I was struggling, so why not? And the money’s good, so I would be stupid to say no.”
'Grey's Anatomy' Kevin McKidd Q&A: Things Aren't Over for Owen and Cristina
ABC's Grey's Anatomy returns for Season 9 on Thursday at 9pm. Who survives the plane crash and what will the new season bring for our favorite surgeons? Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt) addresses the aftermath of the tragedy and offers his insights on what the future holds for Owen and Cristina.
Shonda Rhimes (series creator) has said that the season premiere is going to be a flash forward that drops the audience into the story a few months past the plane crash. Can you talk about what challenges Owen is dealing with as the season opens, professionally and personally?
He's going to keep everybody together, keep everyone on track and recover. He's trying to keep his hospital together. It's tough. The key element of your hospital. Lexie has died. People are leaving. People are changing. People are in a different place. Derek, his top neurosurgeon, has problems physically with his hand after the crash. So it's a lot. It's a lot for him to manage this. He does a good job but it weighs on him heavily, to try to keep the hospital afloat and functioning. But I think he steps up to it, yeah. He does a pretty good job. Owen's good with difficult, traumatic situations, I think, so he manages to keep himself together.
I think you're right that he's good in those difficult situations. What about personally? It's been confirmed that Cristina is leaving Seattle to do her fellowship and I'm wondering what Owen's response is to that? Does he have an influence in that decision? Does he support that decision? What's the status of their relationship?
You know, they're a complicated couple, Owen and Cristina, and they've had a lot of problems going into the finale last year, as we know. They were very distanced from each other. So Owen is trying to get through to Cristina and trying to reach her because he loves her so much. But there's a distance and in a way this crash has created even more of a distance between him and Cristina. So in the first few episodes you see him try to reach her but it feels like there's very much a closed door there. And it's sad for Owen and it's sad for Cristina, I think. Owen gets it, too. He understands the reasons why and he's trying to be patient, I think. So that's where they're at in the first few episodes.
I thought it was a really pivotal moment last season when Cristina told Meredith that Owen is her "person." And I'm wondering if we're going to see that play out at all in season nine and maybe do Cristina's priorities shift? As a result of the plane crash or the experiences she has in her fellowship? Are we ever going to hear Cristina tell Owen that he's her person?
I don't know yet. It's stIill early days in the season. So, I hope so. I think it'd be nice for Owen to have that information. I think he's always felt like a second-class citizen a little bit in the relationship, that's part of why everything that happened to them last year happened. So I think it's a key piece of information that Owen needs to hear. When that happens, I don't know, but I agree. It would change Owen's view a lot on everything, if he knew that. That's the thing dealing with Cristina. She's complicated. She's a complicated person. But he loves her. They've always had an issue with communication. I just hope they can figure it out and start to communicate in a more healthy way.
I do, too. You said something interesting. Because you're right. Last season got really crazy, especially towards the end. I'm wondering about your take on something. Cristina called Owen her person, they had that encounter in the on-call room, and then she promptly told him that she's leaving. I think a lot of fans really questioned what that was all about, but as you said, Cristina is complicated. What did you make of that whole sequence of events?
I think that even though Owen and Cristina kind of don't fit, they do. They've got this weird push/pull thing. They're so glued and connected to each other. And it's more in the episode. I think they knew that they needed to have some time apart or something. There's still a lot of damage there. I think the writers were able to kind of explain that these people are deeply connected but they can't be together for various reasons. Very emotional reasons. So that kind of battle in their psyches, they need and want and love each other and yet they can't be together. And I think that was a physical expression of that.
Do you think that some of those issues from last season are going to circle back again this year? Have we heard the end of things like the abortion and the infidelity? He wants children, she doesn't want children. Is that going to circle back again or have we moved on in the wake of the plane crash?
Certain things are going to take a backseat for awhile until the plane crash is dealt with but then I don't know. I certainly believe that those issues that still exist, those core fundamental differences, of worldview, if they have a chance of makin' it through this they have to really deal with those things. Really deal with them, come to peace with them. I don't know when that will be or where that will end up, but I'm sure it will be interesting in ways we least expect. Cristina and Owen tend to have a really amazing way of surprising you, surprising themselves. They come to quite interesting, pivotal realizations, cathartic moments. They always seem to be for and with each other. I think that's part of why they're so connected and meant to be.
Shonda Rhimes is calling this season the Season of Romance. I'm wondering: does this apply to Owen and Cristina? They're in different cities; they're in a difficult point in their relationship. Do they find their way back to each other and do you think they can find lasting happiness together?
I hope so. I really do. I've always loved this couple. It's too early for us to know that. It's gonna take awhile for them to bridge the gap. But I think there's already, even in the first few episodes, there's little markers, little hints. It looks over, for Cristina and Owen, but things aren't really over.
I like that. You know, in that first episode, I've got to think that both Owen and Meredith are feeling the absence of Cristina pretty deeply. Are there any Owen and Meredith scenes in that first episode? I'm wondering if you think Meredith will ever come to accept Owen's role in Cristina's life and to really understand that deep connection that Owen and Cristina have and what they mean to each other.
They don't really have much to do with each other. They always tend to keep a healthy distance. I do think that Meredith has kind of accepted that what Cristina said is true. Owen is her person now. There's been an evolution in Meredith and Cristina in that realization. There's a lot more mutual respect, I think is the right word (between Owen and Meredith). They both miss Cristina so much. It gives them kind of a shared thing. I don't think there's much interaction between them, if that's what you're asking. Kind of a tacit agreement between Owen and Meredith.
You've said that the plane crash is going to affect Owen in some unexpected ways. I don't know if this has any relevance at all but it occurred to me to wonder if Owen's Post Traumatic Stress might rear up again because of all of this or maybe he's affected in other ways by the plane crash.
In other ways but also he can help the doctors in a way. He has certain information, certain experiences with PTSD that stretch right back for him. He's no stranger to trauma. I think the effect that he can have is quite profound as the chief. He's actually lived and breathed loss and pain, these kinds of traumatic things for a long time. So I think we'll see Owen really step up to that, to being able to help in a very Owen way. Not touchy feely. You know what I mean? Do what's needed to be done in that moment. What people need, he kind of has an understanding of that.
Grey's Anatomy Scoops: Crisis For 'Calzona,' Mer/Cristina Ep Intel, Owen's New Foil and More!
Owen Makes a New Frenemy
Look for Owen to clash with new intern Wilson, played by Camilla Luddington. "She's very strong-willed — she reminds me of Izzie in a way," shares Kevin McKidd. "She has very strong views. And Owen, being the chief, has to rub up against her and sort of get into ethical battles with her, so it's interesting to see that." McKidd adds he's enjoying the new blood on the set this season. (In addition to Luddington, Tina Majorino and Gaius Charles have joined the cast as recurring interns.) "Suddenly, I feel like one of the seniors at school," he says with a laugh. "I felt like I was new just two seconds ago, and now I'm one of the seniors here. And it's great. The new guys are brilliant. They're really all talented. It's exciting to see a show shifting and changing. It shakes up the show in a really good way.”
Earlier this month, TVLine scooped that Grey's was planning a special episode focused solely on BFFs Meredith and Cristina, but the premise of the episode was a secret — until now. Says Ellen Pompeo, the change-of-pace hour will have a parallel structure in that it will split its time between Meredith at Seattle Grace and Cristina at her new job at the Mayo Clinic. "Usually, we do one episode a year where it's all Meredith," she explains. "And this season, they decided to do Meredith and Cristina to break it up a little bit and just focus on two people. They're individual storylines, but in our own storylines, it's sort of ALL us." In Pompeo's half of the episode, "[Mer] has a super-critical patient. The underlying subtext of my medical case, as usual, is dealing with issues of like my sister's death. Emotionally, things that I haven't dealt with, I sort of play out through taking care of this patient."
Actor drops hints about what happens in Season 9 and how the plane crash affects the doctors of Seattle Grace
Last season, “Grey’s Anatomy” ended in quite an emotional way. After a plane crash that killed one of their own (spoiler alert: It was Lexie who died), Derek, Meredith, Cristina, Mark and Arizona are fighting for survival as they wait to be rescued.
When Season 9 of the show premieres this Thursday, expect to shed some more tears as the doctors deal with this latest tragedy.
MSN TV spoke with Kevin McKidd, Dr. Owen Hunt, about what’s ahead this season and how things have changed at Seattle Grace.
MSN TV: In true “Grey’s Anatomy” fashion, Shonda Rhimes left fans with a cliffhanger last season with a plane crash. What can you tell us about the Season 9 premiere this Thursday?
Kevin McKidd: It’s a big deal. It picks up a few months after the crash and it shows where everybody is at now, how far they’ve come in their journey and how this terrible event has affected their lives. The second episode actually flashes back to the days after the crash at the crash site. … So it’s a very intense few episodes. Pretty dark. … It gets pretty intense. It’s a real roller-coaster ride during the two episodes.
Now your character, Owen, isn’t just dealing with the plane crash and running the hospital, but he also just fired Teddy (Kim Raver) and is coping with the fact Cristina (Sandra Oh) might be leaving. Will we see some resolution in their relationship?
I hope so. It’s hard to say. I really hope so. I always believed Cristina and Owen are kind of destined to be together even though on paper they sort of don’t add up. There’s so much between them. There’s so much fire between them. I think they’re kind of meant for each other. I think the path back is going to be a long one. If there is a path back, it’s going to take a while for them to get over … all the baggage that they have to work through. Sometimes their communication skills aren’t the best. So it’s going to be hard, but I think it’s going to be worthwhile, hopefully.
Your fans sent in some questions on Twitter and Facebook they wanted me to ask you. Hannah wants to know if Owen is going to win Cristina back, or will she try to win him back?
I think initially it’s definitely going to be Owen. Cristina has just been through a traumatic event, and she wants to return to Owen and have him be there for her, but how ready she is or able she is to receive that from him, especially after what happened last year, it’s difficult. It’s difficult for them, and that hurts Owen too. Sometimes people shut down when they try and try and try with someone and they don’t reciprocate it. So it’s a back and forth, push and pull between Cristina and Owen.
Milee wants to know: Will the baby issue be resolved at all? Is there any hope of Cristina ever wanting a baby?
I don’t know about that one. ... I hope they can move past it and try to make peace.
Several characters won’t be returning to the show this season, including Teddy, who you fired and, sadly, Lexie, who died in the plane crash at the end of last season, and Mark (Eric Dane) will also be leaving the show after the first few episodes this season. How do you think this will affect the dynamic of the show?
I think it affects the show emotionally because you suddenly feel the absence of all these great characters. What’s exciting is that it makes way for a whole bunch of new interns and doctors who are becoming attending [doctors]. There’s a whole rebirth to the stories, but those characters are very much missed, I think, not just off set, but the on-screen characters mourn the loss of the people who have gone. … So yeah, it’s definitely emotional.
You’ve actually directed several episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy.” Any plans to do so this season?
Yeah. I just completed an episode about a week and a half ago, and I hope to do even more this season. I’m really enjoying the directing. It’s a great, great challenge and one I feel very blessed to get the opportunity to do — not everyone gets this opportunity. I’m really learning how to do it and how to do it well. “Grey’s” is such a great training ground because there’s very talented people and passionate people to work for. I’m working with some of the best. I’m enjoying my time as a director very much.
Are there any special episodes, like the musical one planned for this season, that you know of?
I haven’t heard about those big-event episodes yet. I’m sure there will be, but they usually come later in the season, so you’ll have to keep your ears peeled for that.
Shonda Rhimes has said this season will be one of romance, and I’m guessing it’s also going to be one of bromance with Owen and the rest of the guys. What’s ahead for them?
I think Owen and Derek especially do tend to bond, and they’re bonding more and more. Derek is going through a challenging time because of the aftermath of what happened to him during the crash. … He and Owen have definitely become closer during this period.
Shelley wants to know, how is McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) on set?
Patrick is just Patrick. He’s hilarious. He’s a force of nature. There’s never a dull moment with Patrick around …
During the season premiere, fans can follow along with you as you live tweet along with the show?
Yes, during the 9 p.m. PT broadcast. I find it quite weird that I’ll be tweeting while watching the show. I think I’ll find it hard to concentrate!
Note: You can follow along @therealkmckidd
Any last message you have for your fans?
I think people who are Cristina and Owen fans should try to keep the faith. I know it’s hard. There’s pretty dark times ahead and it’s been dark for them… They should keep the faith because I am.
Where Were We? Despite attending counseling, Cristina’s marriage to Owen is irrevocably damaged after he cheats on her, leaving her heartbroken. After some struggles, Yang reconciles with Owen, but reveals that she accepted the position at Mayo. Shortly thereafter, she's one of the docs who crash-landed in the forest.
What's Next? Unfortunately, Cristina won't be around long. Following the crash, McKidd describes Cristina as a "deranged, wild animal." "I think the crash has made her want to try and create a new person, a new life and a new world for herself," he says. CO fans shouldn't worry too much, though. "I think there's hope," McKidd adds. "Even in the first two episodes you see little hints — even though it seems like things are done between them — that things aren't really done."
Where Were We? Increasingly frustrated with Cristina, Owen had a one-night stand, which irrevocably changes their relationship. Cristina decides to leave Seattle grace to go to Mayo, though the pair reconciles before the plane crash. An extremely busy Owen decided to hold all calls the day of the crash and therefore didn’t realize something was amiss when the docs didn't arrive in Boise on time.
What's Next? Owen will suffer from survivor’s guilt after placing all those talented surgeons on the same plane. "It might be something that could come back to haunt him," McKidd says. As for Cristina, "He's dealing with his own grief with what's happened with her and the fact that their relationship has pretty much ended," he adds, noting that while Cristina is gone, Owen will try to simplify his life by moving into the woods in Derek's trailer. Still, McKidd says there is still hope for CO, even if it takes a while for them to find their way back to each other. "It's going to be Owen striving to win her back... they're definitely the damaged couple, but they seem destined to be together."
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