"It's a bit grey just now," he tells me. Good, I say. He laughs and admits he tends to see Scotland through rose-tinted glasses. "As you say, it's lashing down there, but all my memories of living in Partick, Edinburgh and Elgin are perfect – but we know that isn't the reality. I overly romanticise Scotland sometimes."
For all that McKidd, 38, has become a star stateside – with a flawless American accent as Dr Owen Hunt in the US drama Grey's Anatomy – he remains as Scottish as they come. He recently recorded a charity album of Scottish folk music with a group of friends from Elgin, entitled the Speyside Sessions, which went straight to No.1 in the iTunes world music charts. He's also the new face of The Macallan whisky (McKidd has fond memories of working at the distillery in his late teens) and after the LA premiere of Brave he was sharing beers with First Minister Alex Salmond.
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Kevin McKidd: Elgin, Holywood ... Broadway?