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Kevin McKidd Interview for 'Grey's Anatomy'

by Kelly Woo, posted Nov 20th 2008 6:00AM
kevin mckidd"When you're on a show that is not going anywhere, you can just focus on your character and your acting."

No need for a new "Mc"-nickname -- the newest hot doc on 'Grey's Anatomy' comes with his own.

Kevin McKidd, who headlined 'Rome' and last year's cancelled cult fave 'Journeyman,' recently joined the cast of the medical drama as Dr. Owen Hunt. The maverick Army surgeon is already making waves at Seattle Grace (and sharing heart-stopping kisses with Sandra Oh's Cristina Yang).

The veteran Scottish actor chatted with AOL TV about how Patrick Dempsey didn't help him get the role, what would've happened on 'Journeyman' and his steamy 'Grey's' romance.


12 Questions With Kevin McKidd

    No need for a new "Mc"-nickname
    -- the newest hot doc on 'Grey's Anatomy' comes with his own.

    Kevin McKidd who headlined 'Rome' and last year's cancelled cult fave 'Journeyman,' recently joined the cast of the medical drama as Dr. Owen Hunt. The maverick Army surgeon is already making waves at Seattle Grace (and sharing heart-stopping kisses with Sandra Oh's Cristina Yang).

    The veteran Scottish actor, chatted with AOL TV about how Patrick Dempsey didn't help him get the role, what would've happened on 'Journeyman' and his steamy 'Grey's' romance. -- By Kelly Woo





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    1. Is it a relief to be on an established hit show versus a new one that's on the cancellation bubble?

    It is. I'm really pleased with the work I've done in the last few years. I loved 'Rome' and I loved 'Journeyman,' but it's nice ... It feels like I'm taking a break from all that kind of madness and mayhem. I was offered quite a few pilots this year then this opportunity came up and it felt like the perfect fit. At the end of the day, I'm just an actor -- I'm not really a businessman. When you're on a show that is not going anywhere, you can just focus on your character and your acting, and you can have all of your priorities in the right place, and I feel very thankful for that.




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    2. Did your 'Made of Honor' co-star Patrick Dempsey hook you up with this role?

    No! I mean, I asked Patrick and he said absolutely not. He didn't even know that I was starting the show until I showed up in scrubs today, so that's how tightly they keep things secret on the 'Grey's Anatomy' set.




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    3. Will we see flashbacks to Hunt's military past?

    We haven't seen it yet, but I wouldn't say that that's impossible. I think that would be an interesting thing to do, and I'd be certainly up to doing that. He's certainly finding it hard to speak right now so maybe he has some kind of dream state, flashback to that, or I don't know. Maybe we should set a whole episode back then.




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    4. How did you prepare for playing a surgeon -- did observe surgeries?

    I haven't observed any surgeries yet. I do want to. When I signed and started work, there wasn't much time. But I'm still doing a lot of reading -- there are many biographies, autobiographical material written by surgeons who work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, I've watched documentaries -- especially one called 'Baghdad ER,' [about] an ER room in a war zone, which is amazing, traumatic and awful. These people see more trauma in one week than most other surgeons would see in an entire career. It's important that I do due diligence and research to try and represent these amazing people, because this is not a war that is by any means over yet.


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    5. How will the relationship between Hunt and Cristina Yang progress?

    I think they fell in love almost at first sight. Now it's very complicated. They hardly talk to each other for an entire episode and then suddenly in one scene, jump forward 10 steps in their relationship with one look because there's some kind of emotional, spiritual, whatever you want to call it, connection between these two people that even they don't understand. They're both quite analytical people and they don't know what these feelings are. They're not wishy-washy, romantic types, but it's happening to them, and it's undeniable, and I think that happens in the world. Cupid creeps up on the most analytical person and hits you over the head with a sledgehammer.


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    6. You've worked a lot with Sandra and Patrick already. Who else would you like to work with on the show?

    Patrick's great. I've worked with Eric as well. Everybody's great. I haven't really done much with Ellen [Pompeo], and she's such a cool person, and she's kind of the heartbeat of the show. It's like Owen and Meredith have been kind of dancing around each other. I'll be interested to see what happens when they have a case to work on or something, you know?




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    7. How have you been handling all the drama off-screen, with the departure of Brooke Smith?

    You know, I don't see it ... I go to work, I put my scrubs on, I say my lines, I come home. So that's kind of the long and short of it for me.




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    8. We've got McDreamy and McSteamy. Your name already has a "Mc"-nickname built in. But do you have another in mind?

    I think that would be far too presumptuous of an actor to try and think up that. I think, you know, if and when that happens I'll be very flattered by whatever it is [laughs].




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    9. 'Journeyman' fans were so disappointed the show was cancelled. Can you tell us what would've happened?

    [The creator] Kevin Falls told me ... that each episode was a procedural story where [my character, Dan Vassar] would help that person and get them back on track. All those people that he helps ... have to be in that position that Dan gets them into for his son. It's not about Dan. This is about Zack, Dan's son, who has some kind of special power. Whatever it is that's controlling this needs all of these people to be in a certain position or alignment for Zack, [so that] when he comes of age, his power erupts ... It was all about getting his son to the place that these people could help him achieve this power and help the world.

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