AN INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN MCKIDD FOR SEASON SEVEN OF GREY’S ANATOMY
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British-born actor Kevin McKidd plays Dr. Owen Hunt in the hit ABC show Grey’s Anatomy. With the Season Seven DVD now released, the actor talks about his life in front of the camera, his thoughts on the show and some secrets from the set of the new season…
What can you tell us about Season Seven of Grey’s Anatomy?
Season Seven has been a lot of fun to work on, especially as I got the opportunity to direct an episode this year. Directing was a very interesting learning curve for me and it’s something I’d love to do again on Grey’s Anatomy. It was a little overwhelming at the start and I spent a lot of time holding my hair and thinking, ‘I’m going to lose it.’ However, I really enjoyed it.
What did you love the most about directing?
I especially loved the preparation, which involved me walking around the sound stages and sets by myself. I’d wander around the place playing all of the different parts in my head, and it was fascinating. I had a blast.
How difficult was it to direct your peers and co-workers?
I was incredibly nervous in the beginning. I kept thinking to myself, ‘How is everyone going to react to my direction? How are they going to feel about it?’ I shouldn’t have worried because everyone was fantastic. I felt really touched and moved at how kind everyone was. They all went to bat for me because they knew it meant a lot and they knew I didn’t want to screw up. Let’s face it; failure was not an option.
Would you ever consider a career change into directing?
Acting is still the thing that I love the most. Perhaps I could see myself directing an independent movie in England or Scotland at some point, but I don’t see myself having a career as a TV director. That’s not for me.
As a child growing up in Scotland, did you ever imagine you would go onto become the star of a huge American TV series like Grey’s Anatomy?
Absolutely not. I always knew I wanted to be an actor, but I didn’t expect to get this far. To be honest, I was destined to become a plumber like my father, and as a child I remember thinking, ‘If I get as far as London, I will be lucky.’ I never left Scotland until I was 20 years old. That’s how sheltered I was, so to be here is pretty remarkable.
Does Los Angeles feel like home to you now?
It does actually. I’m very happy here. I think we might go back to England or Scotland at some point, but there’s not much to hate about where I live. I’ve got a great job and the weather is pretty special here in Southern California. I’m not in any rush to go anywhere else.
When you joined the show, were you nervous of your hunky competition in McDreamy and McSteamy?
I wasn’t because I knew I was coming onto the show to be Cristina Yang’s love interest for a while. I knew I had a specific job to do, so I didn’t feel like I was coming in to be thrown into the mosh pit.
What else can you tell us about Season Seven?
There’s a musical episode in Season Seven, which was great fun to work on. It’s meant to act as a love letter to the long-term fans of the show, and there’s a gripping storyline in the episode. What else happens? Well, my character has an interesting love life in Season Seven, too.
Is that because he has feelings for two women: Teddy Altman and Cristina Yang?
A lot of viewers think differently about this, but Teddy and Owen never actually hooked up. They never did it. They almost made out, but it was just breathy talking. I’m not exactly a purist, but Owen has only slept with one woman on the show.
Will Cristina and Owen’s relationship survive Season Seven?
You’re going to have to watch and see. They get married at the start of Season Seven, but then it gets pretty quiet for the pair of them. He helps her through her Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder issues, so that book has closed – but there are going to be problems again for them in the future.
What problems will they face?
They are two very complex people, so I think they’re always going to have a rocky road. Their relationship exists in angst, but there is a big disagreement on a fundamental subject in their marriage that they have to deal with in Season Seven. They have very opposed views on a certain issue and because they rushed into this marriage they didn’t ask certain important questions to each other before they put the rings on their fingers.
What did you think of the dramatic final to Season Six?
I think the finale to Season Six rebooted the show in a really healthy way. It was a genius storyline, although it was a little shocking to discover Owen was going to be shot. Often, we don’t find out about storylines until we sit down for the table read, so I had no idea that Owen was going to be in trouble.
You had no idea that your character was going to be shot?
I knew nothing about it until I opened the script at the table read. The shooting was described at the end of a page in the script. Boom! Owen is shot, and then Cristina says to Meredith, “Is Owen dead? Is Owen dead?” Then it was a page turn of the script, and it was the longest page turn ever. The whole world slowed down for a second – and then I turned the page to discover I could keep paying my kids’ school fees. Owen survives! Phew. What a relief. I was over the moon.
In a couple months, the 15th Annual PRISM Awards will honor a new group of nominees and the entertainment professionals who have dedicated themselves to accurately depicting health and social issues in their field.
This past year there has been an increase in awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affecting our soldiers. It is a very real threat to our beloved military men and women, and it is not one that is going to disappear any time soon. The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder estimates that for every 100 veterans of the Afghanistan War (Operation: Enduring Freedom), 6-11 of these courageous service men and women are living with PTSD, and for every 100 veterans of the Iraq War (Operation: Iraqi Freedom), the same is true for 12-20 of these men and women. Our creative community’s role to accurately tell stories about PTSD is paramount to deterring stigma from reeling out of control.
Actor Kevin McKidd at the 14th Annual PRISM Awards
Kevin McKidd’s (Grey’s Anatomy) performance as a doctor returning from the Middle East suffering from severe PTSD earned him the PRISM Award for “Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline” last year through his authentic portrayal. McKidd was able to foster the understanding of millions of Americans about a very real threat to our military men and women. Not only could the country identify with him as a character on our television screen, but suddenly Dr. Hunt became the face of our loved ones fighting for our safety and sacrificing their personal health and well-being for our own security. The writers hit a bull’s eye, thus the episodes comprising the storyline were also nominated!
With this being said, let’s be mindful of the fact that the majority of our returning soldiers are adjusting to life smoothly. Our dedication to accurate depictions should not lead us to over or under diagnoses. It is important to emphasize that, despite the serious nature of this illness, every service man and woman is not destined toward depression. When creatively taking on the issue of PTSD through drama or comedy, we must ask ourselves: is my portrayal of an individual creating a stereotype about soldiers with the disorder? Am I contributing to the harmful nature of stigma? Can I do better and not compromise my creative integrity?
Kevin McKidd has again been nominated for a performance award in the drama category, as has the episode of Grey’s Anatomy that featured his nominated performance. Other shows have tactfully addressed depicting the lives of service men and women throughout this year: shows like The Pacific and E! Investigates special on “Military Wives,” are both nominated for PRISM Awards.
As we continue moving forward, I am proud to see how hard our creative community works to inform and educate our society about PTSD, while enhancing entertainment value. These accurate portrayals within storytelling add a dimension of truth and ultimately bring genuine information to our communities. When it gets to playing with the emotions of our service men and women, and their families, dedication to not exploiting the complex circumstances of our soldiers at war, is a most respectful statement to show our veterans that they are appreciated.
Scots actor Kevin McKidd set for chart success after cover of Snow Patrol hit on US TV show Grey's Anatomy
As Kevin McKidd puts it, the Music Event on this week’s Grey’s Anatomy is the culmination of the season. That’s odd, I know, considering there are still a few episodes to go in the season. But after our conversation, I think I know what he means. Something tells me that after this week’s monster of an episode, it’s all downhill for many of our favorite pairs — namely Cristina and Owen. “Everything’s in a state of flux…but I think they’re getting down to the nub of what’s going on between Cristina and Owen,” McKidd says of the next few episodes. “They’ve been pretty content this season, but they kind of rushed into something without due diligence [regarding] core fundamental things about how they want their life to pan out. So there are some tough times ahead of them. I think people need to strap in a little bit because it’s going to get pretty bumpy for a while between these two.”
While he stops short of saying how the pair will be challenged (although, it has been said before that it won’t necessarily be related to the couple’s baby discussions), he hints that the duo’s longstanding communication issues will play a part in their upcoming troubles. “I think he gets frustrated because one thing Owen’s pretty good at is that he’s pretty good at expressing how he’s feeling. Sometimes, if she’s in that frame of mind, she’s not that great at reaching out and saying, ‘I need this,’ or ‘I feel this.’ I think that is one of his biggest frustrations.”
In the end, McKidd says, “I imagine it’s going to raise some pretty interesting debate. Who’s right and who’s wrong. Or is anybody right? It’s definitely going to be an ‘Oh, my God’ type thing. It’s definitely going to be pretty life-changing for them — the final moments of the finale.”
Whether the polarizing debate results in a split, we’ll have to see. But McKidd says he thinks the pair is meant to be. “I think Owen and Cristina, from the moment he came out of that ambulance and they met each other, they were against the odds. When you look at them on paper, you think, these two shouldn’t be a good fit, and yet they are. When they’re together sparks fly,” he says. “I don’t think their wedding was their happy ending, but I think that eventually — through a lot of tough make-it-or-break-it moments — I’d like to believe that they’ll end up old and gray together.”
Kevin McKidd: Cristina & Owen’s Troubles Lead Into Season 8 Of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’! Exclusive!
The actor teases about the “big test” coming up in their relationship Share
Grey’s Anatomy returns a week from Thursday and will bring a host of new drama to the show which is wrapping up its seventh season. Kevin McKidd, who plays Dr. Owen Hunt in the series, chatted with us at the John Varvados 8th Annual Stuart House Benefit and spoke about upcoming conflicts in his onscreen marriage to Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh).
“People can split up when they’re married,” says Kevin. “I’m not saying that that is what’s going to happen. Something is coming that is not going to bode well for Owen and Christina and it’s going to be a big test.”
The Scottish actor explains this conflict, in true Shonda Rhimes fashion, is ill-timed. “Just when they’re in a happy place something comes along that really tests the boundaries of their relationship [...] Things are going to get bumpy again.”
And will this conflict resolve itself by the season finale or leave the fans with a cliffhanger? For those of you who hate waiting the whole summer to find out what happens, you might be disappointed. “[The conflict] leads us into season eight in quite an interesting way,” reveals Kevin.
The popular redhead has spoken to TVLine before about trouble brewing for the newlyweds, and apparently he doesn’t just mean their argument over whether or not they have kids. “There’s an added complication to the mix between Owen and Cristina that comes from left field in the latter part of the season as well, that isn’t connected to babies,” Kevin recently told E! Online. “A work-related issue [...] she’s not in direct competition with Owen, but Owen suddenly finds himself in the line of fire.”
You'd think Shonda Rhimes would be allowed to do whatever she wanted to do with Grey's Anatomy.
But no. Even Ms. Rhimes had to prove to ABC executives that a musical episode of her hit primetime drama was worth doing before they'd give her the greenlight.
"We had to show the heads of ABC Studios what the idea was all about," Kevin McKidd told me yesterday at John Varvatos' eighth annual Stuart House benefit in West Hollywood. "We set it up at the studio and made it like a mini-theater and presented a truncated version of the episode as a live performance."
McKidd pulled double duty for the presentation. "I love playing guitar and I love singing," he said, "so I was given the job to round up a band because I know a lot of session musicians in Los Angeles. I ended up having to be the guitarist as well as having to sing."
And as much as McKidd is modest about his musical prowess, it turns out he's got quite the background. Not only did he have a number in the Mike Leigh film Topsy-Turvy, but he was pretty darn close to belting it out on stage courtesy of the man who gave the world Phantom of the Opera. "I developed a musical with Andrew Lloyd Webber called The Woman in White," McKidd said. "But I got offered [HBO's] Rome so I did that instead. So I've been around the musical thing. I've dipped my toe in a bit but I haven't quite dived in the pool yet.
"I sing a little in the episode but this is very much Sara Ramírez's moment to shine," he continued. "We're all kind of basking in her shadow."
Not a bad shadow to bask in, that's for sure.
Also at yesterday's Stuart House benefit were event hosts Patrick Dempsey and wife Jillian along with Jayma Mays, Jesse Williams, David Schwimmer, Eva La Rue, Zoe Saldana and Trevor Donovan, among others. More than $500,000 was raised for Stuart House, which provides support, care and protection of sexually abused children.
Grey's Anatomy Star Kevin McKidd Dishes on Year-End "Tension" Twist for Cristina and Owen
We just talked to fan-fave Grey's Anatomy star Kevin McKidd about Owen and Cristina's (Sandra Oh) path for the rest of the season, and there's an unexpected and serious obstacle in the way, and it's not the baby dramz you're expecting.
Could this pairing be in peril? Here's what McKidd just revealed to us exclusively:
"[The baby issue] gets put on the backburner," says McKidd. "I think it's something they both realize is a hot-potato subject for each other. They really do love each other, so I think they want to enjoy their honeymoon period, as it were, for as long as they can." But that procreation détente isn't enough to keep perfect peace in the kingdom.
"There's an added complication to the mix between Owen and Cristina that comes from left field in the latter part of the season as well, that isn't connected to babies," McKidd tells us. "A work-related issue comes up that adds tension again to their otherwise happy existence. There something else that comes along to that's a problem to them."
Hmmm…Could Owen and Cristina be in competition somehow, or might this work-related tension be related to the race for chief resident? McKidd tells us, "There is the element of competition there—she's not in direct competition with Owen, but Owen suddenly finds himself in the line of fire. I'll put it that way. But again that was unexpected I think. So not directly in competition with him but he's very much certainly in the line of fire." Mmmm...
But before we get to work drama, there's singin'! We know that McKidd will be singing in the musical episode, but what, oh what, is he performing? Will he serenade lovergirl Yang in the musical episode, set to air at the end of March? And most important of all, will there be tap-dancing? Or maybe a Rockettes-style kickline?
"I can't really divulge too much or I'll get hung from the nearest tree, but there is some serenading action from most people. I would say, [the singing] is more like a sort of fun diversion—because it's a very dramatic episode, and there's a section in it where there's some levity. But again there's a really great, unexpected payoff to that. I can tell you there's no tap-dancing, I can guarantee that. The episode being cut together right now…I'm as interested as anyone to see how it turns out."
McKidd also revealed that the musical episode was particularly time-intensive for the cast and crew, saying: "We're actually shooting episode 20 right now, and we're only doing 22 episodes this year—I think partly because the musical episode has taken the time it usually takes to shoot two, almost three, episodes, that's the reason we have three episodes to go."
As for his future, McKidd is hoping to visit his family in Scotland this summer, find a movie gig based in Europe and then return to work on the show this summer with his fingers crossed for another directing gig. He says, "The directing went really well this season. My episode was the highest-rated episode this season so far, although not by any of my design, which I am pretty pleased about. I don't think it had anything to do with me, but hopefully they'll let me direct more, because I've been bitten by that bug now. Hopefully I'll do that next year too."
McKidd will also take some time during the hiatus to visit Mozambique with a friend who works for Partners for Pediatric Progress, a charity devoted to educating developing-world healthcare providers in cutting-edge pediatric medicine techniques. Good stuff, right?
Kevin McKidd on awkward shirtlessness Kevin McKidd has made an impression both in front of and behind the camera since joining Grey’s Anatomy in 2008. Metro spoke with McKidd about getting used to life on a successful TV series, taking the reins as a director and the inevitable shirtless-ness that comes with doing a Shonda Rhimes show.
Growing up in Scotland, did you imagine that you’d be on this type of huge American TV series? No, no. You know, I was destined to become a plumber like my father, really. I mean, I always knew I wanted to be an actor, but I didn’t expect — I thought maybe I might, like, get as far as London if I was lucky. I never even left Scotland until I was 20 so I was pretty sheltered.
You took on directing an episode for the first time this season. That’s a totally different kettle of fish. I lost a lot of hair and a lot of sleep over that. We’ve had that experience as actors where directors aren’t prepared. So I think, being the actor, you feel painfully aware that you’ve got to show up prepared.
How was directing your peers and your co-workers? I was nervous about it. I thought, “Oh, my God, how is it going to be directing everyone?” But everyone, for me, was fantastic. I felt really touched and moved, actually, at how everybody just really went to bat for me because they knew it meant a lot and didn’t want to screw up.
Are you shirtless a lot on set? I didn’t get shirtless while I directed. I haven’t been shirtless for a few episodes [laughs]. I think it’s more of when you first start on the show, you have to sort of establish your shirtless-ness. Then it’s kind of a given from that point on [laughs]. It’s almost like that’s the gates you have to pass through before you’re really in the show.
Did you audition shirtless? No, although I have in other things over the years. That’s very embarrassing. I remember I auditioned for a thing. I met with the director. We talked about the script. I auditioned. They loved my reading. They went, “OK, so now you’ve got to take your shirt off.” Took my shirt off. They went, “OK, we’ll call you back.”
Do you know that when we Google your name, the third thing that comes up on Google is “Kevin McKidd shirtless”? What are the first two things is what I want to know. All I think is that I need to get to the gym when I hear that.
Kevin McKidd: 'Grey's Anatomy' Musical Episode Is a 'Love Letter to the Fans'
Kevin McKidd, who plays Dr. Owen Hunt on Grey's Anatomy, is making his directorial debut in this week's episode. The Scottish-born star talked to Parade.com about his role behind the camera. Plus, details about a special upcoming musical-themed episode.
Taking his turn behind the camera. "It was great, but it was very nerve-wracking. I worked very hard to be as prepared as I could be. I think it's very tiring being a director. I suddenly appreciate how good actors have it. They get to come in and say their lines and go home early. The director is there all the time, making all the decisions, preparing everything ahead of time, and then tying it all together. So it's hard work, but it's a thing I've always wanted to do and it didn't let me down. I found the process fascinating and I feel very proud to have managed to achieve that."
His co-stars were well-behaved. "Nobody gave me a hard time. Everybody in the cast was so supportive and brought their A-game. I think they all kind of realized that I was terrified. It's scary to take on a whole new job with all the pressure on you."
What's in store for this week's episode. "It's basically three main stories. It takes place on the day of Derek's first day of his clinical trial for Alzheimer's, which is obviously very important to him. He takes Alex Karev on as his assistant, much to Meredith's annoyance. Also, Bailey is becoming a rising Twitter star. She and the Chief lock horns on that because the Chief doesn't really know much about the world of Twitter. So that's a lot of fun. And Callie and Arizona continue to have a complicated situation with Mark and the baby and it really plays out in a funny, emotional way. Callie doesn't really know where she stands or anybody stands on this and she becomes very anxious and drives her OB doctor around the bend during the episode. So it's a very diverse, fun, and kind of dramatic episode."
The upcoming, highly-anticipated musical episode. "It's gonna be from Callie Torres' point of view. It's going to be very dramatic, very high stakes, and it's going to be a lot of fun. We're in the middle of recording our songs now for the final track. We're going to finish that this week and start rehearsing and shooting in the next few weeks. It really is kind of a love letter to the fans. It's going to be a really emotional episode. I think it's a great experiment and I'm excited to see how it turns out."
Who has the best voice? "Oh, me of course! I'm joking. Chandra Wilson has an amazing voice. Chyler Leigh has a beautiful voice, and I hear that Justin Chambers has a great voice. There's a lot of people with hidden talents on the show."
What's in store for Owen and Christina? "I think they're going to hit a few walls. Owen's been very supportive of her this last half of the season, as he should be. He was kind of flaky in season six and didn't know who he loved and now he's showing that he's her rock. Now that she's well, they've got time to really look into what they want for their marriage and their future and they may have some major disagreements. So there's going to be some real bumps in the road for them. But I think Christina and Owen operate best when they have some angst going on, so hopefully it will make their bond deeper."
Grey's Kevin McKidd: Who Was the Easiest to Direct?
By Natalie Abrams February 2, 2011 Source: TV Guide
Grey's Anatomy star Kevin McKidd steps behind the camera this week to direct an episode, which he says is "one of the scariest things I've ever done in my life."
Thursday's episode will include the launch of Derek's Alzheimer's clinical trial, Bailey tweeting from the operating room, and the beginning of parenthood for Mark, Callie and Arizona. How did his directorial debut go over? McKidd dishes:
Worst (Exhausted) Direction: "There were a couple moments where I had to direct Sara Ramirez and Sandra Oh, and I basically gave them bad direction," he says. "It had been a long day and I was trying to squeeze the last bit of something out of myself. I had given them a straight-ahead corny, cheesy direction. I said, 'Be more sad,' which is one of the worst directions you can give to an actor. They both called me out. They both raised their eyebrows, like, 'Really? I'm not going to do that.'"
Biggest Challenge: "In general, the episode is very static. A lot of the scenes took place in a room with people just talking and no movement," McKidd says. "So I worked hard to try and relocate a lot of the scenes that didn't necessarily need to be in a patient room or an O.R. Whether it was them moving, or an exterior, or the cafeteria, I was trying to get the life of the hospital going again."
Most Emotional Scene: "It's the first day of Derek's Alzheimer's clinical trial. There's a very emotional scene between a husband and wife, and the impact of Alzheimer's on a marriage. One of my grandparents had Alzheimer's and another one had dementia, so it's been in my family. It was quite hard to revisit that, but I think it helped me help the actors get to a place where they really gave amazing performances."
Easiest Actor to Direct: "Eric Dane is amazing," McKidd gushes. "He came up to me and said, 'Just tell me what you want me to do. I've learned the lines. You just tell me what you want me to do and I'll do it.' And he did. I've never had an actor say that to me before. Usually actors are fighting and saying, 'No, I want to do this!'"
Easiest Scene to Direct: Since McKidd was on director duty, Owen is very light in this week's episode. "Shonda Rhimes made him go to the dentist for the day," McKidd says. "I do one scene. Actually, getting to act in that one scene was the thing that really made me settle into directing. Getting to go back to what I know, which is acting, made me suddenly just sink into it and go, 'Oh, this isn't as strange as it actually seems.'"
411mania Interviews: Kevin McKidd by Al Norton February 3, 2011
Scottish actor Kevin McKidd was first seen in Trainspotting and in the 15 years since has starred in multiple BBC series as well as in movies like Hannibal Rising, Made of Honor, and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief, although he is best known for his work on TV starring in Rome and the cult hit Journeyman. For the last three seasons he has played Dr Owen Hunt on Grey's Anatomy and tonight's episode marks his directorial debut.
Al Norton: What's the hardest part about doing an American accent?
Kevin McKidd: Consistency; you can get one sentence right and then blow the next one and that's it, you're done. You have to be always vigilant, always on top of it. It's like practicing your tennis stroke; you have to keep practicing it to get it right. Al Norton: Was yours modeled after anyone specifically?
Kevin McKidd: I didn't. I think you'd sound fake if you started copying another actor. I take the tones of my own voice and use it with American vowel sounds.
Al Norton: Which was a bigger challenge; joining a show where everyone had been together for a while and had the chance to gel or having to go from co-worker to boss for a week?
Kevin McKidd: I think the stress level of directing is harder. You're suddenly the captain of the ship and all the decisions come down to you. This is my family, I'm very invested in the world of Grey's and love everyone there, so the last thing I want to do is completely tank (laughing). Then it would be pretty awkward to have to see everyone to say good morning for the next few years.
The way I got around that is by working I disagree off in prep, making sure I left no stone unturned. I read the script many times, had my notes and my game plan for every single scene and for each day of shooting, trying to make sure there wouldn't be any curveballs. I got through it and managed to convince people I was actually a director (laughing).
Al Norton: Once you convinced them to let you direct an episode, did you have any input in what episode you got?
Kevin McKidd: The way the process worked is that I came to Shonda (Rhimes, the show's executive producer and creator) and told her I wanted to direct. I shadowed directors, which is the best way into a job like that, and it was an amazing learning experience. Shonda offered me the webisode series, which was kind of my testing ground, my tryout audition. I didn't blow that and out of the blue one day (Grey's executive producer) Rob Korn told me, "you're directing episode 13." I think he told me on a Monday and I had to start prep on that Friday, so it was real whirlwind. I didn't honestly expect to be offered an episode so quickly; in my head I was thinking maybe next season. I'm very lucky and was quite blessed to be given it so quickly.
Al Norton: Was directing yourself easier or harder than you thought it would be?
Kevin McKidd: You know, it was easier; it was the thing that made me feel comfortable. I was nervous that first day of filming and the second day was the one scene in the episode that I am in and I got to say my lines and be an actor again and that was the moment I found my sea legs in the whole thing. Weirdly, the thing I thought would be the hardest thing turned out to be the thing that made me feel most at ease.
Al Norton: The show has a lot of heavy storylines, so does that mean the actors are that much more likely to goof off once someone says cut?
Kevin McKidd: The thing is that I genuinely like everyone I work with and have a real blast. I have more fun at work than I do at my real life, which is the way work should be. I feel very lucky to have that. Everyone is very committed and passionate about the work but we've done the show for quite some time so we're kind of in the pocket with it, we know our characters, and so we can enjoy ourselves. We can relax into our jobs and we all know how lucky we are with that. I have so many actor friends who are struggling to find work right now so I feel so lucky, and I think everyone on the show feels the same way.
Al Norton: What did you think when you heard there was going to be a musical episode?
Kevin McKidd: Very excited about it. I like singing and it's something I've done a lot of in my life. I've been offered stage musicals before and not been able to do them because of my filming schedule, so it's almost like an itch I've not been able to scratch. I'm very excited about it.
Al Norton: Are you surprised at the following Journeyman has despite only running for 13 episodes?
Kevin McKidd: It's amazing to me. I think the only place you can still watch it is Hulu since they never released it on DVD, which I'm sad about. I'm very touched by the fans. I still believe it was a great show with very intelligent writing and I'm glad people still like it. I was very drawn to it when I was looking at pilots that season and it's nice that it seems to be standing the test of time.
Al Norton: Speaking of loyal followings, I get at least one or two emails a month asking if I've heard anything about a Rome movie.
Kevin McKidd: There's still talk of it, the script is still there. Bruno Heller has his hands full with The Mentalist but he's supposedly polishing the next draft of the script, which I've heard he's quite pleased with. I have every intention of doing it. The great thing about the story for the movie is that some time has passed from when the series ended to when the movie picks up, so there's a logical reason for all of us to look a bit older. We're not sure if we're going to do it this year or next but there is still a desire from cast members and the writers to do it so hopefully that will happen in the foreseeable future.
Al Norton: Give me a preview of tonight's episode.
Kevin McKidd: It basically takes place the first day of Derek's Alzheimer's clinical trial, taking on Karev as his assistant. It very much revolves around that day and also around a very funny storyline about Bailey and the Chief arguing about whether or not Bailey should be tweeting. She's become popular with her tweets and of course the Chief doesn't even understand what tweeting is. Also, Callie and Mark and Lexie and Arizona have to deal with the situation caused by the pregnancy. It's very funny, very emotional, and it's a great, well rounded episode.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Kevin McKidd on Directing His First TV Episode
Kevin McKidd is perhaps best known for his work as an actor, having starred in the HBO series “Rome” and filled out the casts of “Trainspotting,” “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lighting Thief,” and other films. But the 37-year-old Scotsman is ready to switch things up. Tonight, in addition to starring as Dr. Owen Hunt on ABC’s drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” McKidd will also credited as the episode’s director — his first time behind the camera.
“I’m in my late 30s and I love acting, but I wanted to shake things up a bit in my career,” says McKidd. “I had a hunch that my personality type would lend itself to directing and to be able to communicate to a crew. I’ve got the right temperament for dealing with a lot of pressure.”
McKidd says that he first started thinking about directing last year. He promptly reached out to “Grey”s” show runner Shonda Rhimes about wanting to shadow other directors to learn their techniques and she gave her blessing. Fast forward to the first week of December 2010. After the original director for the episode “Don’t Deceive Me (Please Don’t Go)” dropped out, the producers recruited McKidd to direct.
“I found out I was directing four days before they were to start shooting and had to go into prep right away,” recalls McKidd. “The show costs X millions of dollars to make each episode, so I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me.”
Looking back the experience, McKidd says he definitely over-prepared for his directing gig. He spent his weekends walking the “Grey’s” stage in the dark — he wore a little headlight to read his script and plan blocking — and getting to know the set. He spent his weekdays attending technical meetings and building shots. “On TV shows, you don’t have the time to improvise so you have to come with a set plan,” says McKidd. “There were very few instances where we adjusted anything from the original plan.”
Though he greatly enjoyed his turn behind the camera, McKidd maintains that acting is still his first love. For his hiatus from “Grey’s”, he’s trying to put together a film version of “Macbeth” that he would star in — but not simultaneously direct. “That would be kind of crazy at this point,” he says. “I would certainly need some more directing experience before I could pull off starring in and directing a film at the same time.”
'Grey's Anatomy's' Kevin McKidd on his directorial debut: EP said, 'Don't mess it up'
There's a lot of anticipation among fans for Thursday's (Feb. 3) episode of "Grey's Anatomy." After all, we've had to wait two weeks after Callie (played by Sara Ramirez) told Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) that she's pregnant and with Mark's (Eric Dane) child.
So, one would think that Kevin McKidd (who plays Owen) would feel some of that, as well. After all, Thursday's episode marks the actors first time ever sitting in the director's chair. But, he says the worst is behind him.
"I don't feel the pressure now," McKidd tells Zap2it. "Because there's nothing we can do about it. It's in the can and it's been cut and the picture is locked. I felt a lot of pressure in December while we were shooting and in January when I was editing it. But, no, weirdly I don't feel any pressure now [laughs]. The ship has sailed as they say."
We spoke with McKidd about his first time directing, what it was like to work with the cast and what the pressure was like back when he was preparing to shoot the episode.
Note: Mild spoilers!
How long have you had the desire to direct and why now? I've had a desire to do it for years, even going back to my time in Europe. I think it's a natural transition for actors to want to direct at some point. I've had the desire for a long time. I've always been too busy as an actor. At 'Grey's,' the workload is pretty split amongst the cast. It seemed like the perfect place to do it.
What was it like balancing the acting and directing responsibilities? Luckily for me, they wrote my episode quite light as far as for Owen Hunt. You know, Owen Hunt is basically at the dentist that day. So, I'm in one scene in the episode, which is fine by me. It gave me a chance to get my feet under me for directing. Weirdly getting into acting in the show made me feel comfortable again. It was my second day and I got to do my scene with Jim Pickens [who plays Chief Webber]. And once I was able to put the acting hat back on, I suddenly felt at ease and from that point started to have a complete blast with the directing.
Did your cast mates play any practical jokes on you? Everyone was hugely supportive. I was amazed at how fantastic everyone was. There were times that I was directing the actors to do certain things that they didn't think their characters would do and they kind of made fun of me like when I don't like what I'm told to do. They were kind of like, 'Wow, you're asking me to do that? Really?' But all of it was in good humor. There was no hazing, which was great, and everybody kind of brought their 'A-game.' I was actually moved and touched at how supportive everyone was.
greys-anatomy-kevin-mckidd-first-time-directing-abc.jpg So, this is a pretty anticipated episode. What was the pressure like? I was lucky, because I was handed a really tight script by Mark Wilding, one of the senior writers. In fact, we have these meetings called tone meetings when the director gets notes and [EP and creator Shonda Rhimes] told me, "I love Mark's script, don't mess it up!' She used different words than 'don't mess it up.' And that was it and she called me after she saw my cut and said, 'You did a great job.' So, hopefully the fans will be okay with it.
What was your favorite scene as a director? I really loved the montage in Act 5 that revolved around Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) clinical trial and Callie trying to find a heartbeat for her baby. And I just think how that montage and that song ended up being a really lovely cocktail. To me if feels like the classic sort of 'Grey's Anatomy' and that's what you're going for. You're trying to emulate that feel and tone that 'Grey's Anatomy' has.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Kevin McKidd’s Directorial Debut Has A Personal Parallel
Kevin McKidd has played former army trauma surgeon Owen Hunt on “Grey’s Anatomy” for the past three years. Owen has progressed from a man haunted by what he witnessed on the battlefield to a stable doctor who has been a rock for the rest of the staff of Seattle Grace in the aftermath of the shooting shooting spree that ended last season. Now McKidd has moved behind the camera, directing Thursday night’s episode Don’t Deceive Me (Please Don’t Go). McKidd revealed why he took on the challenge of directing, dishes on the drama in MerDer and Callie/Arizona’s relationships, and dropped a feel tantalizing hints about the upcoming musical episode.
This is the first episode that you’ve directed. I understand it involves the Alzheimer’s treatment trials. The episode takes place on Derek’s first day of the [Alzheimer's treatment] trials. It’s a really emotional episode. Derek realizes that dealing with Alzheimer’s isn’t just a clinical trial. You have to deal holistically with the wife, the husband, the spouse, and the fallout that’s happening. One of my grandparents had Alzheimer’s and the other had female dementia so I know how tough it is to deal with. There’s also a lot of fun in the episode. Bailey has a great storyline with the Chief. They’re at odds with each other about how she’s becoming very active in the Twitter world, the world of tweeting. He just does not understand what the hell Twitter is and he learns very quickly. It’s very funny. Callie and Mark and Arizona, their situation gets more complicated and they really have to start digging into this and see how they’re going to move forward in the light of this pregnancy. So that’s really emotional and also funny. Mark has to deal with Lexie on some level about it. We also have Rachael Taylor as a new cast member who’s Callie’s O.B. doctor who Callie drives crazy by being a terrible hypochondriac.
What intrigued you about directing? It’s like doing ten jobs at once. It’s way more stressful than acting. It’s a lot more work. Back when I did “Trainspotting,” when I was 21, I worked with Danny Boyle, who has now won the Oscar. I worked with Ridley Scott on “Kingdom of Heaven.“ I worked with Mike Leigh. So I’ve gotten to work with really great directors. Seeing them work and seeing them get their vision on screen influenced me. I was extremely inspired by watching those people. I said I think I can actually do this. I never had the chance to pursue it until I got into Grey’s. The joy of it is there’s a large cast and we share the workload. It’s not like on “Journeyman” or in “Rome” where I was in every scene. So I started to shadow directors last year and everyone was very supportive. Then they offered me webisodes this season to direct which was kind of my audition. Obviously, I didn’t suck at it because they let me do this episode, which I still can’t quite believe happened. I’m still pinching myself.
Which of your co-stars was the biggest challenge to direct? Everybody was great with me. Everybody was really supportive and kind of happy to have me directing which I was shocked at. It was a big deal for me to take this on — it’s scary and stressful and all those things. You’re kind of captain of the ship so I think the biggest challenge for me was kind of communicating, especially to the crew. I’m used to talking to the actors but I’m not used to communicating with the camera crew what I’m asking for.
You mentioned that Derek chooses to work with Alex on the trials. How does Meredith feel about her husband choosing someone other than her? She’s not happy about it, I’ve got to tell you. It becomes a real bump in the road for those guys. I think that dynamic between Meredith and Derek plays out really interestingly over the course of the episode because yeah, she’s upset about it. Derek can’t get past this idea. He keeps seeing Meredith when he looks at [patients] and he can’t focus properly. But Alex sheds a lot of light on what he feels Derek needs to do. Alex finds the job very difficult to deal with emotionally. So it plays out in a really interesting way between Derek and Meredith about this trial. How does Owen feel about his old friend Teddy, who used to be in love with him, marrying a stranger so he can get health insurance? I think Owen’s very flawed as a man, as most men are. He’s not hugely judgmental about people. That’s one of the things I’ve always liked about Owen. He’s willing to make mistakes and will admit when he made a mistake. He’s willing to let other people make mistakes. If she feels that this is something he needs to go through, then he’s going to support her. Even if he has reservations about that, he doesn’t think it’s the best thing to do, he’s going to support her anyway because she’s still his friend.
Christina married Owen while she was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Now that she’s back to her old self, what challenges is their relationship going to face? Owen was very flaky in season six. He didn’t know what he wanted. But now, this whole season he’s all about Christina. They rushed into this marriage for many good reasons because they love each other, but there’s fundamental things about each other that they still don’t know. A lot of that is going to come to light in the second half of the season. It’s going to be a rocky road for a while. But I think Owen and Christina weirdly operate at their best when they’ve got some passionate angst going on about something. I think it’s going to hopefully deepen them. I think it’s going to be tricky for a while. There’s going to be some collateral damage.
What can you reveal about the Grey’s musical episode? I’m really excited. We’re recording the tracks right now. There’s a lot of talent in the cast. You’ll be surprised at how good some of the voices are. I think it’s a great experiment. The episode is from Callie’s point-of-view and I think it’s a very intense episode. As a one-off episode, which is what it is, I think it’s going to be something special. It’s great and bold, especially in the seventh year of a show, to take a few risks like this. Hopefully the fans are going to love it.
What songs are you performing? I have two songs. One of my main songs is a kind of intense guitar based song. There’s a big conflict between many surgeons in the episode about something very big. Owen uses a song to try and take control of the situation.
For this Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 9/8c), cast member Kevin McKidd stepped behind the camera to direct an hour in which Derek is dealt a surprise, Callie and Arizona deal with their baby “bump,” and Bailey gets perhaps a bit too social in the OR. TVLine spoke with the great Scot about his turn calling the shots, getting “busted” by his leading lady, and what the future holds for Owen and Cristina.
TVLINE | I understand Owen has a date with the dentist this week, just so you could go and play director. That’s right, yeah. [Laughs] He’s gone numb for the day.
TVLINE | What are the big storyline thrusts for this episode? It’s the first day of Derek’s Alzheimer’s trial, and that’s addressed in a very sensitive way, as far as what the affliction it does to families and couples. I think Derek was under the impression it would be this analytical process, but it’s much more emotional than he and Alex thought. There’s also a fun storyline with Bailey, where she becomes a Twitter queen, sharing all the strident work she’s done. But she and Richard lock horns over that.
TVLINE | Yeah, I was wondering: Do I really want a doctor tweeting from the OR? Supposedly it’s become a great teaching tool in the world of medicine, because students can follow hugely famous surgeons and watch their decision-making happen moment-to-moment. And also there’s Callie, Mark and Arizona, who are really in murky water. How do you move forward with this strange family they’re creating?
TVLINE | Were you working with dramatic or lighter beats for the Calzona story? It’s dramatic and quite light. Basically, it’s Callie’s moment to have kind of a meltdown. She hopes that Mark and Arizona can work together and both be in her life, but she’s anxious. She becomes kind of hyper-alert and ends up driving her OB doctor, played by Rachael Taylor, to distraction –- and with very funny, touching results.
TVLINE | As director, do have a small hand in steering a new character like Rachael Taylor’s? A little bit. The actress brings her own thing, and she is fantastic, so you just capture what she gives you. It wasn’t so long ago that I started on the show, and it is nerve-wracking to step onto a ship that is already sailing. I talked to her a lot about my experience, and she told me that helped relax her.
TVLINE | The episode synopsis also says, “Cristina is back, stronger than ever” – to which I say, “Thank God.” Yeah, she’s being her old scrappy self, doing anything to trample over anyone in her way to get blood on her hands and cut. It’s fun to see her back to her old tricks.
TVLINE | Knowing Sandra Oh as well as you do, did you ever have to “catch” yourself doing something as a director that you know irks her? Funny enough, there were a couple times like that. As a director you have to tell the story as clearly as you can, so sometimes you ask an actor to do things that may seem slightly obvious because its going to read well on camera. So I asked her at one point to do one thing and she was like, “No, no, no…. You don’t get to do that just because you’re director!” [Laughs] I was bang to rights, and we had a big joke about it.
TVLINE | I understand it’s not necessarily smooth sailing ahead for Owen and Cristina. In Season 5, when Owen Hunt arrived, he was essentially a basket case; Cristina was there for him and supported him. In Season 6, he was flaky, all over the place, didn’t know who he loved, all that…. Now it’s his turn this season to pay Cristina back and be her man, her rock, to give her everything she needs. Sometimes he gets it right, sometimes he gets it wrong, but his intentions have been very good. Now that she’s back to full health, this being Grey’s Anatomy, what’s better than when there’s angst and disagreement? So yeah, there’s some trouble ahead for them – and hopefully some comedy as well.
TVLINE | What’s the trouble stem from – family planning? They just have major disagreements. They rushed into marriage because they loved each other….
TVLINE | There are worse reasons. Exactly, but sometimes you don’t find out everything you to find out what that person’s beliefs are about certain fundamental things. They haven’t quite done their due diligence on each other, and a lot of that starts to come to light. How are they going to move through that and stay happy, knowing that maybe what one person wants isn’t what the other person wants?
TVLINE | What was your biggest challenge, directing-wise? Was it the tone of a storyline, a set piece….? Some episodes we get to go outside, but my episode was very static. So my big challenge really was to change the location of many scenes from being two people talking in a room to “We are walking down a corridor” or “We are in the cafeteria.” Hopefully I kept things moving.
TVLINE | Are you personally all set for Grey’s Anatomy’s “musical” episode (airing March 31)? I hear it’s born of a medical crisis for Callie. Yeah, it’s going to be told from her point of view, and it’s a big episode. We’re in the middle of recording all the final tracks, and it’s very exciting to do something that’s completely out on a limb for the show. It’s cool to be on a show that is willing to take some risks like that, because otherwise you can be doing the same thing, day in, day out, for a long time. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out!
Riddle me this fellow TV Addicts: How is it possible for an actor to spend his entire day on set and yet rarely appear on screen? Easy, when the actor is directing! Such is the case when it comes to tonight’s episode of GREY’S ANATOMY that saw Kevin McKidd step behind the camera for the very first time. But where did this directing bug come from, what was the biggest challenge, and of course, what does the future hold for Owen and Cristina? We caught up with the multi-talented McKidd late last week to find out just that.
When did you catch the directing bug? Kevin McKidd: Having had the opportunity to work with such great directors throughout my career (see: Danny Boyle, Irwin Winkler, Ridley Scott to name a few) directing was just always something I wanted to do. But I was busy as an actor, so when GREY’S ANATOMY afforded me the time, I took the opportunity to shadow many of our fantastic directors, get comfortable with the process, and eventually ask Shonda for a shot. And after sort of proving my stuff with last year’s webisodes which turned out alright, I was given tonight’s episode.
What was the most challenging aspect about directing the episode? Making sure that I was as prepared as I could possibly be so that nothing would come from left of field as well as making sure I basically didn’t embarrass myself in front of my friends and family! That, and the OR stuff is always tricky because it’s very technical. All the operating stuff is hard because you have an idea in your head of how you want to shoot it but there might be a medical reason why a doctor can’t be in that spot and have to be over here right now because medically this is happening etc. So you have to roll with all of that and that’s quite tricky. Also, my episode if very interior and static. There are a lot of people talking in patient rooms and in OR’s so the challenge generally in my episode was to keep things moving and give the episode some energy and impulse.
One of the story-lines that really caught our eye as somewhat of a twitter addict (shameless plug @thetvaddict!) is tonight’s B-story that has Bailey becoming a quasi-twitter celebrity. Did you get the chance to chat with noted twitterholic Shonda Rhimes about her experience and do you twitter yourself? No I’m not on Twitter, but I understand Shonda is very active on it so I imagine the writers must have a had a lot of fun writing that storyline. It’s a very funny storyline, Bailey basically becomes this huge Twitter star and what I think is fascinating actually is that this is all based on fact, as all our episodes are. Mark Wilding [the episode's primary writer] studied that many big important surgeons tweet their major surgeries in real time because it’s an instant messaging service essentially. They can have followers who are usually medical students who want to be surgeons who actually follow the decision making process of a famous surgeon in real time. So as a learning tool it’s very popular and is happening right now, it’s not fake, and I found that information really interesting, that tweeting is a big deal in a surgical world. And while we’re on the subject of twitter, Shonda Rhimes recently tweeted that the cast was starting to record their songs for the musical episode. What was your first reaction to learning that GREY’s would be doing a musical episode, and do you sing? I do sing, and I actually have a solo! Over the years I’ve always wanted to do a musical, in fact I almost did and have worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn and Des McAnuff over the years. It’s still on my list on my things to do but luckily I’ve been so busy as an actor on TV and film that I’ve not had the chance to take the time out to do a musical. So this for me was a joy and is a joy because I get to kind of scratch an itch that I don’t really get to do very often and it’s going to be a blast I think. It’s going to be a great episode. We’re in the middle of recording the songs right now, all the actors are in the middle of recording their final tracks which we’ve been working on for the past couple of months and we’re about to start filming. I think it’s going to be an interesting exciting one off, and I think it’s great in the seventh season we can start having some fun and sort of experimenting with the form with GREY’S ANATOMY.
Since Cristina found her way back to work, it’s been fairly quiet on the Owen and Cristina front which while nice, doesn’t always make for the most exciting of dramas. What can you tease about the future for the twosome as we head into the second half of the season? I think they’re going to bang heads quite drastically about certain fundamental beliefs they have about life and marriage and about how they’re moving forward in their life together. You know they rushed into their marriage essentially and they are in love with one another but they don’t know certain things about each other, about what their beliefs are. So i think they’re going to be a lot of bumps in the road for them.
Kevin McKidd: Volatile times are ahead for Owen & Cristina
By Jarett Wieselman February 3, 2011 Source: NYPost
There's good news and bad news for fans of Owen Hunt -- Kevin McKidd, who plays the bravura trauma surgeon, directs tonight's episode, which fulfills a lifelong dream. The bad news is that to reach this goal, Dr. Hunt will be almost entirely absent from the hour since he's got a wonky tooth. Yes, that's right, he'll be at the dentist (where he, I like to imagine, will be having Britney Spears hallucinations as well).
But to help us all get that much needed weekly fix of Owen/Kevin, I called up the actor to find out if the reality of directing lived up to the fantasy, what the future holds for Mr & Mrs. Hunt and what the upcoming "Grey's" musical episode will be right. Yes, you read that right -- musical episode.
PopWrap: How did the chance to direct come about? Kevin McKidd: Over the years, I’ve been very lucky to work with Danny Boyle, Ridley Scott, Mike Leigh and a lot of great, inspiring directors. But I’ve never had the time as an actor to explore directing, but “Grey’s” is a big ensemble so you get more time off than normal. About a year ago I approached [creator] Shonda Rhimes about wanting to start shadowing directors and they said absolutely. At the start of season seven Shonda suggested I direct some webisodes as a way to get my feet wet and, I think, so they could see if I could do it [laughs]. And I guess I passed because soon after that, I was asked to direct.
PW: Typically when an actor directs an episode of their show, their character disappears for that hour -- is that the case here? Kevin: It is I’m afraid. Shonda sent Owen Hunt to the dentist. I have a cute scene with Dr. Webber, but that’s about it.
PW: Was it harder than you thought? Kevin: Much. I’ve always had respect for directors but I have an entirely new respect for then now. You’re the first one in, the last one out every day and have to stand by your decisions. You have to have balls to direct. You’re at the steering wheel of an enormous ship that you have to bring in on time and on budget while still getting performances and telling the story properly. There's a lot of pressure, most of it self imposed, because I didn’t want to mess up in front of my peers.
PW: Your co-star Chandra Wilson is the only other actor to direct an episode, did she give you any advice? Kevin: She’s been fantastic. When she saw I was on the slate she sat me down for a talk. Said that nothing prepares you for it – it’s like having a child. You can read all the What To Expect When You’re Expecting books but nothing prepares you for the first day when you’re holding a baby. It’s the same with directing, nothing prepares you to say “action” that first time. It’s terrifying.
PW: It's a big year for you branching out -- first directing, then singing in the upcoming musical episode. Kevin: It’s going to raise some eyebrows. It’s not going to be anything like what anyone expects. The fun of it will be surprising people with just how we do it, so I can't tell you anything more. You’ll just have to watch.
PW: What have you made of Owen's journey this season? Kevin: I think it’s been really good – he was introduced in a big way in season five. The PTSD is kind of behind him now, I mean, it never really goes away. You just manage it, so I’m sure we’ll come back to it in some ways. But it’s interesting to see Owen becoming more settled and to see him and Cristina really move into a, well, I don’t want to say “less volatile” phase of their marriage because they’re always quite volatile and they’re about to head into a pretty fundamentally volatile phase of being married.
PW: How so? Kevin: Now that Cristina is well again they’re going to take a step back and ask, “did we rush into this? Do we know everything about each other? Are we in agreement about the basics of what a marriage is?” They’re heading into a hot part of the relationship.
PW: Do you see Owen and Christina are soulmates? Kevin: Whether they’re together or apart, they will always be deeply connected. I do believe they’re soulmates, but as we’ve seen with Meredith and Cristina in the past, being someone’s soulmate doesn’t mean that you’re going to always be together. In a way, having that closeness means that when problems happen, they’re going to cut much, much deeper. Whether they’re break up, I don’t know, but I can tell you there are volatile times ahead.
Grey's Anatomy: Kevin McKidd Goes Behind the Camera
By Cynthia Wang and Patrick Gomez Thursday February 3, 2011 Source: People A lot will happen on Thursday's Grey's Anatomy – Derek starts on a series of trial surgeries that Meredith isn't asked to work on, Cristina is back but jousting with Jackson to work alongside Teddy, and Richard gets hip to technology – but the biggest thing is that the episode has a new director, actor Kevin McKidd.
The Scottish actor, who plays Dr. Owen Hunt, steps behind the camera for the first time as a director on the Feb. 3 episode, titled "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)."
"It's really scary to take on something big like this because it's so new," McKidd, 37, tells PEOPLE, "but everyone brought their A-game to really support me, and I'm blessed that they did. They know how scary it is."
At the same time, "there's also a lot of fun to be had," admits McKidd, who had directed a few Web episodes of the series to get his feet wet. "[The cast] are poking fun at me being the big adult in the director's chair, you know! What I love about acting is you get to be kind of childlike, and people found it funny I was pretending to be a grownup."
So how did McKidd do? "I never doubted he would be great," says Kim Raver, who plays Teddy Altman. "The crew was so excited because he knew exactly what he wanted, he got it done and he also knew how to speak well with actors."
For example, in a plotline involving Dr. Richard Webber learning how to use Twitter, McKidd told actor James Pickens Jr. to consider departing from his usual serious delivery. "I said, 'Let's see him highly caffeinated and hooked on Tweeting. Let's see him play with that,' " McKidd says. "He really enjoyed getting to explore that kind of machine-gun-fire, rapid-dialogue that he doesn't usually get to do."
McKidd wants more chances to direct in the future. Series creator Shonda Rhimes "called me and said she loved it," Mc Kidd says. "Hopefully they will give me the chance again and I will embrace it with open arms and hopefully do an even better job."
Keck's Exclusives: Grey's Kevin McKidd on Directing — and a Baby for Owen & Cristina?
Good news and bad news for fans of Kevin McKidd and his Grey's Anatomy doc, Owen Hunt. When the ABC series returns with a new installment on February 3, his character will barely be seen on camera. The reason: Kevin was kept plenty busy off camera directing Grey's for the first time. He took time away from editing the episode to give us a scoop-filled preview of what's in store for that and future episodes.
TV Guide Magazine: Boy, you sure didn't waste any time graduating from directing Grey's webisodes to a primetime gig. You must be a gifted student. McKidd: I know. It kind of shocked me.
TV Guide Magazine: What's your episode about? McKidd: It takes place during the first day of Derek's Alzheimer's clinical trials and he picks Alex to be his point man — much to Meredith's ire. So we follow Derek and Alex through what turns out to be a very complicated day. Very quickly they realize dealing with Alzheimer's patients is far more emotional than they first anticipated. Alex questions if he's really the right man for this job, while Meredith's waiting in the wings desperate to be part of it. Derek, of course, has reservations about working with Meredith because he feels it's a little too close for comfort.
TV Guide Magazine: What would you say was your most challenging scene? McKidd: There's a very moving story about the patient Derek's working on who has fallen in love with another Alzheimer's patient in their facility and has forgotten he was ever married to the woman he is actually married to. This breaks her heart. This is really close to home for me because I had one grandparent who suffered from dementia and another from Alzheimer's. It was so heartbreaking in my personal family that it was hard for me to spend time with this.
TV Guide Magazine: What's going on with the other docs? McKidd: There's a really fun story with Bailey and the Chief, which also involves April and Lexie. Basically, Bailey becomes a superstar in the Internet world — specifically with Twitter. She becomes a tweet queen, and Richard does not approve of this at all. Lexie and April become her tweet minions, while Richard is not up to speed on what Twitter even means and is not sure it's a good thing to be doing in an O.R.
TV Guide Magazine: Fans are really curious about how the triangle of Mark, Arizona and pregnant Callie is going to play out. Any developments on this front? McKidd: It really starts to play out as Callie starts to suffer ill effects due to not knowing if Arizona is on board or not. Callie kind of becomes one of our patients of the week. It introduces a fantastic new character, Dr. Lucy Fields (Australian actress Rachael Taylor), who will be Callie's OBGYN for the duration of her pregnancy. She is also a potential love interest for Alex, I believe.
TV Guide Magazine: What about Cristina? It must have been interesting directing your on-screen wife. McKidd: Cristina is back to her old self. She and Jackson are vying for Teddy's attention for a triple bypass. This was my first time on the big stage directing and Sandra [Oh, Cristina] and everyone were so supportive and had my back. I felt really blessed. It was a huge joy!
TV Guide Magazine: What about your character? Where's Owen? McKidd: Owen's sort of just referred to. I thought it was quite amusing that they have him going off to the dentist that day. Cristina manages to use this in her battle with Jackson in a very funny way.
TV Guide Magazine: Will we see you at all? McKidd: I'm in one scene. I'm on my way to the dentist and I stumble into Richard on the computer trying to figure out how to log on to Twitter. Owen asks him if he needs some help, and Richard says, 'I'm trying to look at Bailey's teets on the Internet.' I tell him, 'No, no. I think you mean tweets.'
TV Guide Magazine: Hysterical! What's this I hear about you being one of the lead singers in Grey's upcoming musical episode? McKidd: I'm nervous about this but also excited. I love to sing and have done a few workshops with Andrew Lloyd Webber and others for potential musicals, but I've always been too busy as an actor in movies and TV to do them. A few years ago, I was in the Mike Leigh film Topsy-Turvy as [Mikado character] Nanki-Poo and sang "A Wandering Minstrel," which was the last time I sang on film. The episode is going to be great and what nobody expects — a real left of field one-off. There's a very real life-and-death situation that makes this element occur. It's really a love letter to the fans.
TV Guide Magazine: How did Shonda Rhimes find out which of you guys could sing? Did she audition you? McKidd: (laughs) Well, it's obvious that Sara Ramirez [Callie] can sing, having won a Tony. One of our head writers was a big fan of Topsy-Turvy. Chandra Wilson [Bailey] had done a stint in Chicago during her last hiatus. James Pickens [Chief Webber] already did a little singing in last year's Christmas episode. And there are a lot of other good singers in the cast. I've heard Ellen Pompeo [Meredith], Sarah Drew [April] and Chyler Leigh [Lexie] all have great voices. I don't think anyone's going to be left out. In the next couple weeks we'll go into the studio and prerecord all our songs.
TV Guide Magazine: Lastly, what's to come for Owen and Cristina as the season continues? McKidd: They've been in a really good place ever since rushing in to this marriage, but something comes to light in this latter half of the season regarding a life situation going on with lots of people in the hospital. Cristina and Owen realize they have very opposing opinions on this life decision.
TV Guide Magazine: Sounds like they're also going to be discussing baby making? McKidd: It's going to become a real problem for them. Kind of choppy. They both want different things. This will play out for the rest of the season and I'm told it will build toward something very interesting.
TV Guide Magazine: Well, if they've already survived both of their battles with post-traumatic stress disorder — including Owen strangling Cristina in bed — I would think the topic of babies should be a breeze. McKidd: (Laughs) You never know....
Scrubbing In Kevin McKidd steps behind the camera to direct his hit show.
January 20, 2011 By Lesley Goldberg Source: Back Stage
"Grey's Anatomy" doctor Kevin McKidd has one special thing in common with Jensen Ackles ("Supernatural"), Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men"), David Boreanaz ("Angel," "Bones") and Zachary Levi ("Chuck"): All five actors have directed episodes—in some cases several—of the shows on which they star. For McKidd, the experience was something he had wanted to do for a long time. Taking advantage of "Grey's" ensemble cast, the veteran actor started shadowing directors on the set before being handed the reins to helm webisodes of the hit ABC medical drama, a gig he highly recommends to his fellow thespians looking to make the switch to behind the lens.
Back Stage caught up with McKidd to discuss his experience at the helm of the Feb. 3 episode of "Grey's Anatomy"—titled "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)"—and how being an overthinking actor helped him.
Back Stage: When did you first get the bug to direct? Kevin McKidd: I've wanted to direct for a long time. I've always been too busy as an actor, but on this show, because it's such a large ensemble, you can have episodes where it's pretty light for you. It seemed like the perfect fit to kind of go, "Okay, this might be the area that I can start to maybe shadow and learn and observe." I went and approached ["Grey's Anatomy" creator] Shonda [Rhimes] and [executive producer] Rob Corn last year and said I'd like to start shadowing this year. They were really both excited. Then, from that, directing the webisodes came about, which went really well. I was amazed that they offered me a full show. It's not small potatoes, you know? I took the full weight of it upon myself and stressed out and lost a lot of sleep over it.
Back Stage: How did directing the webisodes prepare you to direct a full episode?
McKidd: Well, the biggest thing psychologically was the fact that there wasn't any other person on that set saying the words "action" and "cut." It was less pressure of a situation. I got the chance to get my feet wet before the big show, which was ideal, really. Also, the webisodes, even though they're smaller in scale, essentially are scenes of the show. The preparation and the process to produce them is exactly the same. We went through the same ins and preparation that we did on the show. It gave me a dry run and a prep. They were essential for me. I recommend anybody who's interested in directing do the webisodes, because it gives you that confidence that you've done it once before; maybe not on such a big canvas, but it's still the same process. Back Stage: When you were in the director's chair, did you have to turn off the acting side of you?
McKidd: I actually think it was my main strength, really. I think sometimes there can be a lot of communication issues between actors and directors on set, especially the pace that TV is set at. Good directors can get an actor to where they need them to be quickly in a shorthand of dialogue without the actor feeling like they're being pushed or shoved or pulled to kind of be a chattering monkey. All the actors came up to me afterward and said they really felt listened to, but we didn't waste any time. I cut to the chase a lot because I'm an actor. I know more instinctively what works for actors and what doesn't. Some directors who have always just been behind the camera maybe haven't acted or don't know what that process is.
Back Stage: You've said in the past that you're prone to overthinking scenes as an actor. Did you have that same experience as a director?
McKidd: Having done it now, I think it's the director's job to overthink the scenes. Of anybody on that set, it's that person's job to have lived with that script and have read it so many times and have it inside their bones. An actor should do that too, but I think an actor can just focus just on the lines, whereas the director has to think of every single detail. It played on my strength of overthinking and working and reworking and studying stuff. I spent every day for the week leading up to my show directing on the stage and on my own. What's interesting as a director, if you plan it in that way, that you walk the scene ahead of time and come up with an idea of where you think the actors should be. Because I'm an actor, I acted out every scene and playing every role in the episode beforehand. Obviously, understanding that an actor will show up and maybe have a different instinct. You have to come as a director, especially on TV, with an idea that can then change. You can't just show up and say, "What do you want to do?"
Back Stage: Did you have to direct yourself much? Is Owen in this episode a lot?
McKidd: I'm in one scene, which I directed. The scene that I was in, which is a very funny scene, I was nervous. It was on the second day and I was still nervous. As soon as I got a chance to disband from the camera and act again, suddenly everything came into place. I don't think anybody expected that. Everybody thought it might be too much for my brain to handle. For some reason, being able to act a little bit was the scene that stabilized me, and I was fine from that point on.
Back Stage: Did you get any flak from [onscreen wife] Sandra Oh?
McKidd: The whole crew and cast were so supportive. They could have easily acted out. They all knew that it's a big deal and it's a lot of responsibility and I didn't want to screw up. There was a point with Sandra where I was trying to nudge her into being slightly melodramatic in a certain moment. She was like, "Whoa, whoa, Kevin. No, no." Because she knows that I wouldn't have liked that direction if I was doing it. So, we had a joke about that.
Back Stage: Do you have any plans to direct future episodes?
McKidd: I'd like to. They really seemed happy with the end product, which is the important thing. I'm open to doing it again. But I certainly don't want to become a director. I've realized that. My first love really is acting. But it feels like it's a natural progression for me as I go forward and start using that experience to build to my own independent project—probably more European-based independent films in the future that I might act and direct. But it's opened up a whole new world for me.
Still saving lives - mostly their own
January 10, 2011 By Debashine Thangevelo Cape Argus, South Africa Source
I was late in warming to the charm of Grey’s Anatomy. My friends talked about it with passion and admiration, but I ridiculed them. How exciting can a medical drama be? Big mistake. My cynicism cost me the first few crucial seasons. Playing catch-up was fun, though.
The sixth instalment got off to a really naff start. With OTT and schmaltzy plots as its drawcard, interest waned somewhat. In fact, there were times when it wallowed in so much melodrama you would swear it was a soap masquerading as a medical drama.
Given that some of the medical staff at Seattle Grace Mercy Hospital were playing romantic musical chairs in the bedroom (and the hospital stockroom), the ass-grappling and hair-ruffling romps became a bit incestuous.
Thankfully, creator Shonda Rhimes resuscitated the storyline with a climax about a grieving husband taking the entire hospital hostage that will forever remain etched in the minds of fans.
Viewers had to bid a sad farewell to two of their favourite characters as well. Katherine Heigl (Izzie) wanted to put all her energy and focus into her flourishing film career and to spend more time with her adopted daughter, Naleigh. One can’t deny she’s in her element in rom-coms – Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth and Life As We Know It set the box office alight.
And TR Knight as Dr George O’Malley was killed off. The actor wanted out of his contract.
Back to the latest season of Grey’s Anatomy. In picking up the pieces of their lives our favourite characters have to deal with their unresolved issues. And Jesse Williams (Dr Jackson Avery) and Sarah Drew (Dr April Kepner) join the permanent cast.
Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) steps down as chief of staff and hands back the reins to Dr Richard Webber (James Pickens jr).
Meanwhile, Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) sets her sights on their trauma counsellor, Dr Andrew Perkins (James Tupper). The relationship between Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins hits another snag.
Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) finally plucks up the courage to tell hubby Derek about her miscarriage. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) has an emotional meltdown and breaks up with Ben. Jackson is plagued by nightmares, while Alex (Justin Chambers) refuses to remove the bullet lodged in his chest.
One of the biggest highlights is the big day of Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) and Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd). Yep, he finally makes an honest woman of her.
Looks like another web of intrigue, high-end drama and emotional meltdowns have been woven once again.
PLAYING CATCH UP…
lDespite being shortened to nine episodes from 14, Grey’s Anatomy found a loyal fan base from the get-go. Funnily enough, it was used as a mid-season replacement for Boston Legal at the time. The first season kicked off in 2005 and featured an introduction to Meredith Grey, working under general surgeon Miranda Bailey, as an intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. At the time, Derek Shepherd was an attending physician along with Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington). The rivalry between Derek and Preston was one of the key storylines, along with George O’Malley’s crush on Meredith and her blossoming romance with Derek. Of course, that came to a halt when Derek’s estranged wife, Addison Montgomery, arrived to win him back.
lIzzie and Alex Karev’s romance hit a rocky patch when she fell for her heart patient, Denny Duquette, in season two. Miranda discovered she was pregnant and the writers delved more into her personal life. Oh, and Meredith and Derek’s relationship remained in limbo for a bit.
lCristina was devastated when Preston called off their wedding. Callie Torres was appointed as chief resident. Derek and Meredith’s relationship was still in limbo, along with those of Callie, George and Izzie. And Addison moved to Los Angeles (her departure was to coincide with the start of Private Practice – a spin-off from Grey’s Anatomy).
lChyler Leigh guest-starred as Lexie Grey, a new intern and Meredith’s younger half-sister, in the fourth sequel. Lauren Stamile was added to the cast as scrub nurse Rose. She also became a thorn in Meredith’s side after catching Derek’s eye. Meanwhile, Meredith and Lexie tried to work out their differences with the help of their father, Thatcher. After several hook-ups among the characters, Meredith gave her relationship with Derek another go.
lThere was much talk about the creator Shonda Rhimes and TR Knight being at odds with one another. In this fifth instalment Dr Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) started dating Lexie, much to Meredith and Derek’s disapproval. Izzie learned she was terminally ill.
lSeattle Grace Hospital merged with Mercy West Hospital in season six. Derek was promoted and Meredith learned she was pregnant. Cristina was unsure about Owen’s commitment to their relationship. Callie and Arizona struggled to keep their relationship together when the issue of having a baby together cropped up. Mark Sloan tried to turn over a new leaf, but couldn’t seem to let go of Lexie.
We already know that Kevin McKidd can act. Now let’s see how he directs! ABC has confirmed that McKidd – aka Dr. Owen Hunt – will helm episode 13, which will air in early February. It will be his first time directing an episode of the drama.
McKidd has helmed some of Grey’s webisodes, which likely led to this new development. It’s unclear what will happen in the 13th episode, but McKidd isn’t the first employee of Seattle Grace to sit in the director’s chair. Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey) also got a chance.
The Scottish actor – who previously appeared in Journeyman and Rome – has been on Grey’s since 2008.
Grey's Anatomy: Derek to Bond with Owen?
September 22, 2010 by Natalie Abrams Source: TV Guide
There's a new entanglement on Grey's Anatomy this season, and it's not a romantic one. Following the events of the finale, Owen (Kevin McKidd) — who has gone through, and is still living with, PTSD — will become a soundboard for many of the doctors, but none moreso than Derek (Patrick Dempsey), whose near-death experience will send him into a fit of recklessness.
"Everybody deals with [the shooting] in a different way," McKidd says. "Some people go into a shell, some people become very extroverted."
In Derek's case, he becomes a speed-demon on the road. "He comes back just not willing to put up with the bullsh--," Dempsey says. "He's much more into enjoying his life now and not compromising that."
"Owen quietly has his eye on Derek," McKidd says. "If Owen was asked, he would think it's a good thing that Derek gave up the reigns of being the Chief. I think Owen, as the season goes on, will be a rock for Derek and a sounding board. Derek was the closest to death, so he has more wounds than anyone to get through."
In turn, Derek will provide support in the marital department. "Owen comes to Derek for advice," McKidd says. "Even though he's married to Cristina (Sandra Oh) now, he still doesn't quite understand her a lot of the time, so Owen and Derek seem to end up connecting on that subject."
One good thing to come out of the traumatic events of the finale is that Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) will respect Owen in a different way. "Cristina has expressed to her that there needs to be a 'me and Owen,'" Pompeo says. "So I think Meredith knows that Cristina really does need that."
"You'd expect Meredith to be very much against this pairing, but [the finale] changed her perspective on a lot of things," McKidd adds. "She basically questioned Owen's intentions in Season 6, and in that moment in the O.R. [in the finale], it suddenly made her realize the situation and how Owen really feels."
"Meredith very much becomes an advocate for Owen being the right guy for Cristina," he continues. "She realizes they're meant for each other and that's the first time we've seen that."
Sandra Oh finally lets her man put a ring on it with surprise Grey's Anatomy wedding
There's nothing like a wedding to heal the wounds of a deadly shooting.
So it's hard to blame the folks at Grey's Anatomy for wanting to put a little joy into Seattle Grace Hospital after the shooting spree that killed two doctors in last's season's stunning finale.
Cue the sounds of wedding bells. Christina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) will tie the knot during the show's happily shocking Sept. 23 season premiere.
In what can only viewed as a new version of a shotgun wedding, Oh admits to People magazine that the formalisation of the show's hottest couple is a direct result of last season's tragic rampage.'It's very surprising,' she said. '
Hopefully it will make sense (to viewers). After something as obliterating as the shooter comes in, when push comes to shove Owen says, 'I want to spend my life with you."'
Christina has been on the Grey's altar before, but has never come away a bride. In season three she and Burke (Isaiah Washington) were on the verge before he backed out in dramatic fashion, leaving her alone and wearing her wedding dress like some medical Miss Havisham.
But, Christina definitely gets the ring on her finger this time around - even if the wedding dress is a lot less formal.
She never wanted to get married or wear 'the dress,'" said Oh.
'Having a much more relaxed and casual wedding is closer to who she and Owen are.'
More than that, it's an opportunity for the rest of the cast to get over the shooting blues and out of their hospital work blues.
'I think people were more happy and giddy not to be wearing scrubs,' said Oh.
With thanks to Vanessa for sharing this article with KMKonline With thanks to Kaz for the translation
Kevin McKidd is doctor Owen Hunt in Grey’s Anatomy, the ABC series given the Award for Industry Excellence at the Roma Fiction Fest 2010 for the role covered by the tvshow company ABC studios in the production world over the years.
Doctor Hunt served in Iraq. What do you think about the war?
Entering into this role I met many people who actually served in Iraq. All of them told me they went there to protect the people dear to them, not for a political ideal. I am part of an association that sends comfort to the frontlines so that the soldiers feel less isolated. But as a person in the public eye, I don’t feel I can say whether the war is right or wrong.
You starred in Trainspotting, Rome, Grey’s Anatomy, Journeyman. Which of these characters do you feel closest to?
Dr Hunt himself because he strives to do his job well and to always be a good person. I’m also a person who works hard but am certainly not perfect.
What do you watch on television?
I adore the Simpsons. And dark comedies.
Spoiler: And the Happy Grey's Anatomy Couple Is...
Our deepest apologies, Calzona fans, but the two lovely ladies aren't tying the knot in the first episode of Grey's Season 7. (Yeah, we were sad to hear it, too.) Instead, TV Guide reports that — OMG — Owen and Cristina will walk down the aisle. And Cristina will not end up jilted at the altar.
"It will be interesting to find out whether that was the right or the wrong step and what that means for Cristina and Owen going forward," said Kevin McKidd of the speedy nuptials. "Did they rush into it? Did they do it for the wrong reasons? I think they didn't do it for the wrong reasons, but all those questions will be asked."
Sorry, Kev, but we have a bigger question: Will Cristina turn all bridezilla on us? "She's displacing all of her anxiety and focusing it into that one thing that she can plan for and control: the wedding," Kevin explained. Cristina's surgical intensity redirected onto napkin holders and the seating chart? Sounds like a recipe for hilarity!
Regardless of the rushed nature of the wedding, it will make the whole (obnoxious) Teddy problem a thing of the past. "The triangle isn't there anymore," McKidd said. "It's more how Cristina and Owen will fight for their relationship and their marriage. He's going to be a rock for her for a lot of this season. He took a lot from Cristina in the first season and, in a way, it's kind of payback time, and he does that willingly and gladly because he loves her." It's a fair point: While the wedding will last one episode, their marriage has all season to unfold.
Finally, McKidd didn't deny that Cristina and Owen could be the ones moving into parenthood. "A lot of comedy would come out of that seeing the two of them face that together, because they're kind of an odd couple, especially as parents," he dished. We don’t doubt it — even though Cristina's used to being elbow deep inside a human body, we somehow think she'd have much more trouble with dirty diapers.
Grey's Anatomy: Find Out Who's Walking Down the Aisle
How will this change the dynamic of their relationship? Where will they live? Can this rushed marriage survive? And what about Teddy (Kim Raver)? Kevin McKidd, one half of the married-couple-to-be, gives TVGuide.com all the dish and more:
TVGuide.com: Let's start with the big question: How does Owen propose to Cristina? McKidd: It's quite a shocker. It's definitely an unexpected proposal. There is definitely one knee involved, but there's more to it than that. It's a funny scene because we see it as a flashback. The proposal comes out of something that we didn't expect. The proposal is not over some candlelight dinner.
TVGuide.com: When did you find out that Owen and Cristina were getting married, and how did you feel about it? McKidd: I had been on a movie during hiatus, so I came back the day of the table read and a props master came up and said, "I have to measure your ring finger," before we did the read. I said, "Why?" and she said, "Because you're getting married in the first episode!" So she kind of let the cat out of the bag. Everyone else was pretty surprised, but I already knew. It's kind of a shocker. I think people are going to be taken aback by it.
TVGuide.com: Is this a rushed wedding because of what happened in the finale? McKidd: People who have been through cataclysmic events, it does change people and make them realize what matters in life. It crystallizes relationships and can be the catalyst for people to take a big step in their relationship. It will be interesting to find out whether that was the right or the wrong step and what that means for Cristina and Owen going forward. Did they rush into it? Did they do it for the wrong reasons? I think they didn't do it for the wrong reasons, but all those questions will be asked.
TVGuide.com: How does Cristina change because of the finale and the subsequent engagement? McKidd: She's displacing all of her anxiety and focusing it into that one thing that she can plan for and control: the wedding. This horrible event happened to Cristina in an O.R., which is the place that she loves above all else. One of the things that can trigger PTSD is being back in the same place that the event happened. So this causes a big problem for her. She definitely does try to fixate on the wedding. Very quickly after they get married, Owen starts to realize that there's a lot more to this. The wedding and being married isn't going to fix her, so he starts to step up in different ways and try to help her back to the whole person she used to be.
TVGuide.com: How does everyone in the hospital react to them getting married so quickly? McKidd: They've been together for two seasons, so maybe it isn't rushed, but Owen and Cristina are still struggling through a lot of things together and are very committed to each other. Even though they know people around them in the hospital are thinking, "Wow, these guys are really doing this quickly," they are still the soul mates that we've known them to be. I think it does deepen their relationship.
TVGuide.com: So they will still keep that passion even as a married couple? McKidd: Oh yeah. I think what's interesting is that they got married very quickly because of something big that happened in their lives, and now they have to look at the consequences. The audience will see Owen and Cristina constantly question whether they made the right decision. Not about being with each other, but getting married so quickly. Nobody is thinking straight after a huge event like that. If that hadn't happened, would they have done it? That will be the question. So it does keep that spark and that will-they-won't-they thing alive in their relationship. They're constantly pulling and pushing with each other.
TVGuide.com: Cristina and Owen's storyline has been a little dark over the last two seasons, with his dealing with PTSD. Might we eventually see some lighter, more comedic moments with them? McKidd: I hope so. It does seem to be that Cristina and Owen get the intense, messed up relationship storylines quite a bit. I would like to explore the lighter moments. We're going to see them build a home together. Now that they're married, they can't be kind of house sitting. They need to find a place they're both happy with. We're going to see them have fun, because they're both very strong-minded people, who have very definite opinions and tastes. They're not necessarily the same, especially when they chose a place to live and how to decorate it. I think it'll be more domestic fun for them.
TVGuide.com: So they won't be living with Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) anymore? McKidd: I think they suddenly get the feeling that being a married couple in that situation is not making everybody feel comfortable, and they want to have their own space as well. They kind of need to spread their wings.
TVGuide.com: With Owen finally choosing Cristina over Teddy in the finale, can you confirm that love triangle will stay dead and buried now? McKidd: That's what I've been told. [The writers] seem to want to build storylines for Teddy in a different way now. It almost feels like last season should've been the season that Owen and Cristina should've broken up, but however it happened, they didn't. On paper, they should've been broken up years ago, but they're still going strong. I like that. I think in the writers' minds, they want to not be so actively going down the path of how to break these people up, but now it's how they can keep them together. The triangle isn't there anymore. It's more how Cristina and Owen will fight for their relationship and their marriage. He's going to be a rock for her for a lot of this season. He took a lot from Cristina in the first season and, in a way, it's kind of payback time, and he does that willingly and gladly because he loves her.
TVGuide.com: There's always a lot of baby talk on Grey's. Do you think that could be in the cards for Cristina and Owen? McKidd: I think that would be interesting. I know there was originally a storyline that ended up being changed in Season 1, where Cristina got pregnant and they were going to have a baby, but they decided to save that for later. I wouldn't say that isn't going to happen, because we almost started that storyline a few seasons ago, but decided it was too much too soon. A lot of comedy would come out of that seeing the two of them face that together, because they're kind of an odd couple, especially as parents.