'I Don't See Any Reason to Run Away'
By Michael Ausiello / January 9 2016, 12:04 PM PST
Paging Dr. Owen Hunt… there’s some paperwork awaiting your signature.
Kevin McKidd is in negotiations with Grey’s Anatomy to extend his current contract, which is set to expire at the end of the ABC drama’s current 12th season.
At the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour in Pasadena on Saturday, the actor confirmed to TVLine that he’s “in talks” on a new deal, adding that the likelihood of him signing on the dotted line is very high. “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t happen. I love [the show].”
Since joining Grey’s Anatomy in Season 5, McKidd has seen his role expand — on screen and off. “I’m not being corny or giving you the party line, but this has been like a family for me,” he said. “I came in as just an actor, and now I’m directing, I’m also talking — tentatively —about developing something beyond Grey’s for Shondaland.
“Shondaland creates this environment where if you’re trusted and become part of the family then you’re given opportunities to thrive and grow,” he added. “I don’t see any reason why I would run away from that. I feel very blessed.”
And, seven seasons in, McKidd says he remains as enamored with Owen as ever. “I’m still unearthing [new] things about Owen that deepen the character,” he shared. “For many years, Owen was just a reflection of Cristina. He was there just as someone to bounce things off of Cristina. Now we’re getting to see Owen a little more independently and learn about who this guy is outside of the Cristina Yang of it all. So I’m really enjoying that. I don’t feel as though I’m finished.”