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The actor Owen Hunt in "Grey's Anatomy" returns for season 6 for AlloCiné, as well as "Rome", series that made him famous ...
AlloCiné Series: We saw you play the guitar in "Grey's Anatomy" singing in the web series "Seattle Grace On Call". When is a musical career?
Kevin McKidd : I love music but I love my job as an actor more. The music relaxes me. I would dream of being part of a group, however, or working on a musical even though I'm not a big fan as a spectator. The Seattle Grace: On Call producers have managed to convince me to sing but it's not really my thing to do in front of an audience. It went very well in all cases. As a musical career ... you should never say never!
Were you watching "Grey's Anatomy" before playing in the series?
Kevin McKidd : Not really. I had heard much. I have seen an episode or two but not more. I knew it was a series very well written, with engaging characters and complex.
You have arr ived in season 5. Was it easy for you to integrate to the cast?
Kevin McKidd : I was very lucky. Everybody welcomed me warmly, including Sandra Oh, who helped me to integrate myself and left me time to get my bearings. She is a very generous girl. Patrick Dempsey has also been strong. We knew since we had already shot a movie together a few months earlier (Made of Honour ). It was pretty scary at first because I had never been part of a series as popular. It took me time to adapt but all went well.
When you were asked to become a regular in the series, have you accepted without hesitation?
Kevin McKidd : Yes, without hesitation! I would have been crazy to refuse. The series was such a success! I was very lucky.
Are you satisfied with the development of Owen, especially in season 6?
Kevin McKidd : Yes, I liked that the writers make him so dark, if disturbed. In a series like Grey's Anatomy characters that are happy are irrelevant. Owen should be very interesting! I look forward to seeing what he reserves for next year ...
There was a special episode interspersed with flashbacks to the time when Owen and Teddy were in Iraq. Why was it important to attend?
Kevin McKidd : I think the writers wanted to highlight this tragic period in the life of Owen, who has shaped who he is today. Especially Owen is someone very mysterious, which does not reveal itself easily. There are many things he hides. It was also an opportunity to show these people who are willing to put their lives in danger in heroic manner, whether soldiers or doctors.
What piece of his personality would you like the writers show more?
Kevin McKidd : I think that Owen is someone much funnier than he seems. He has experienced difficult things lately which probably prevent him of practicing black humor, but I'm sure it will change. I want to see the lighter, happier.
Owen is automatically associated with Cristina, what characters would you like him to interact more with?
Kevin McKidd : I have a preference for the character of Sara Ramirez (Callie). They assessed from the beginning and had some interactions but I want their relationship of friendship to be a little more developed. Also, the writers have begun to emphasize the relationship that binds Owen to Derek and Mark. Basically, he represented a danger to them and then they got to know him.
Sarah Drew and Jesse Williams became regular in season seven. Don’t you find that Seattle Grace is already full to bursting?
Kevin McKidd : Not really. According to the episodes, some characters are more highlighted than others and it turns. I'm not afraid of that. And then there are those who have died in the finale of season 6 so ... (Laughs). They are two great additions to the cast anyway. They bring new energy and it is important to renew interest. It does not worry me.
The season finale was just very shocking. How was the shooting?
Kevin McKidd : It was very intense, especially since it took a lot of time to shoot it because it was an episode of two hours. We all went out and sounded exhausted. All these deaths, these gunshots ... it was hard. We are very proud of the result. The actor who played the gunman was great and felt badly towards his character. It has affected him. He was worried; he had some responsibility to provide such a character. It gave weight to its interpretation. And then when he was hired, he did not know he was going to end like that, to kill everyone in the hospital! It was an excellent end of season.
In reading the script, were you afraid to be spent too?
Kevin McKidd : yes, everyone was worried. There was electricity in the air. Any character could be spent. And Owen had actually been shot. At this point, I started thinking about my children, and the cost of their schools ... (Laughs) And then after reading the 20 pages of script I was reassured. His injuries are not fatal. After that, I think the actors whose characters were killed have been warned in advance so nobody had a bad surprise.
Do you already know what will happen to Owen in season 7, a few clues?
Kevin McKidd : No, not yet. But I think it will be interesting because what happened at the hospital will always remind him of war trauma. Everyone will find themselves in the same position as him finally. What role will he have in all this? Is he going to be the one to whom others will confide? Is he going to stay in his corner?
Shonda Rhimes series are very unique. How would you define her style?
Kevin McKidd : She writes with her guts. I should certainly not say it but the episode has long since passed ... In the finale of season 5, it was expected that Cristina gets pregnant. It was written. We would then have raised the child in season 6. And Shonda Rhimes came to us and saying she had a dream and a little voice told him that this was not the right time. Then she changed at the last moment. That's her style: she believes in her characters, they live in his head, they love them deeply. And then she writes very well. Especially the dialogues. I spot immediately in a script she wrote.
Have you heard of the movie "Rome", adapted from the series? Kevin McKidd : The film will not happen this year but next year, in all likelihood. This summer more precisely. The money needed for its production is largely harvested. The script is ready. The desire is there. Fingers crossed!
Will all other players be back?
Kevin McKidd : All those whose characters are not dead will return, yes. Everyone was eager to participate in the film, hoping that the schedules of each other can be reconciled, which will perhaps not be easy. "
Interview conducted by Jean-Maxime Renault in London on 12 June 2010