"I went off and did Journeyman and then there was the writers' strike. I was waiting around in Hollywood with a young family going, 'Maybe we should just go back to Britain.' I got a phone call from my agent saying Shonda Rhimes called about meeting me. I was actually in Romania doing a movie with Woody Harrelson and Ron Perlman and he said, 'They need to see you on the day you land.' And the day I landed, I had been away for three months [and] it was my son's birthday. So I said, 'I'm sorry. I can't meet her it's my son's birthday. I hope she can understand.' Supposedly Shonda tells the story that her and Betsy, when they heard that, said, 'What a great guy.' So, it kind of paid off. I went and saw them the next day, and we just started chatting. I didn't read for it. They told me about this new character that... was going to be Iraq vet who was dark and messed up. It was between me and one other actor. Then, sure enough, I got a phone call that Shonda... decided to give me the role. I did not know what this character was going to be. I had to take the role in blind faith. He was designed to be Cristina's new love interest. Sandra and I hadn't met at that point. The first day Sandra and I met, we did a scene together and she was so sweet. She said, 'Thank you! Thank you for being a good actor.' And then we just hit it off from that point."
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