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Kevin McKidd On His 'Grey's Anatomy's' Love Triangle and 'Percy Jackson'

by Michael Maloney, posted Nov 19th 2009 3:25PM
Kevin McKidd'Grey's Anatomy' has served up some great love triangles over the years (Meredith/Derek/Addison; Callie/George/Izzie), and it appears to have a winner in its latest romantic trio with doctors Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) and newcomer Teddy Altman -- Owen's fellow Iraqi medic -- played by Kim Raver.

McKidd gave us a preview of tonight's 'Grey's' episode (which covers Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's) and also talks about a variety of projects that have taken him outside of Seattle Grace -- but not necessarily away from hospitals.
Kevin McKidd'Grey's Anatomy' has served up some great love triangles over the years (Meredith/Derek/Addison; Callie/George/Izzie), and it appears to have a winner in its latest romantic trio with doctors Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) and newcomer Teddy Altman -- Owen's fellow Iraqi medic -- played by Kim Raver.

McKidd gave us a preview of tonight's 'Grey's' episode (which covers Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's) and also talks about a variety of projects that have taken him outside of Seattle Grace -- but not necessarily away from hospitals.

Owen was left speechless when Teddy revealed her feelings for him. Are we going to see him respond in this week's episode 'Holidaze'?
Yes. Originally, Owen had a line that he was going to say right after Teddy gave her speech. After talking to the writers, who are all fantastic, we all came to the conclusion it'd be much more interesting if Owen wasn't able to say anything. It's going to be much more complicated. The stakes have gone way up. Owen and Teddy went through a very intense experience by serving in Iraq. It's like two people who climb Mount Everest. They probably know more about each other than their spouses do.

There's a big Owen/Cristina fan base, but viewers would love to see Kim Raver ('Lipstick Jungle,' '24,' and 'Third Watch') get the guy for once.
We're too early to know if that's the story we're telling. Kim is a fantastic actress. She's very truthful and committed to what she's doing. Sandra is one of the best actresses around and I'm blessed to work with her. Sandra and I quickly realized how passionate Kim is about her work. The dynamic among the three of us is hopefully going to translate on screen. That's where the interesting story is.

You joined 'Grey's' in 2008; do you feel less like the new guy with all the new doctors this season?
Yes. Last season I was the only [new] actor until Jessica Capshaw came on. It was scary. I'd only done jobs where I'd been on board since day one. I empathize with the new guys. Joining a show is like jumping onto a moving freight train. You grab on and hope you can keep your grip.

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Scotland?
No ... We have nothing to be thankful for in Scotland. [Laughs] [Seriously,] this episode also covers the Christmas holiday. There's this elephant in the room with the Teddy/Owen situation. In my family, if there's something unresolved and unspoken, the holidays tend to bring it out. You can't sweep it under the rug. Something very interesting will happen between these three at this time. It's quite explosive, really.

Speaking of emergency rooms, the trailer for BBC's 'One Night In Emergency' is compelling. You play a man who can't find his wife in a hospital.
Thank you. It's a great piece written by Gregory Burke. It's like an episode of 'Masterpiece Theater.' We did it on a low budget right after I finished [my first season of] 'Grey's Anatomy.' It was three weeks of night shoots, 6 in the evening till 6 in the morning. We were all completely exhausted but I think that added to the production. What I like about it is that it's set in the inner city in a very decayed, truthful [place]. We shot it in the hospital in Glasgow; it stank in some areas and was quiet unclean. The complete opposite of Seattle Grace.

It's the frustration that anyone's felt in an emergency room to the nth degree.
Yes. It almost becomes a 'Jacob's Ladder'-esque nightmare. It starts off realistic and then becomes hyper-real.

Your wife is played by Michelle Jacobs, who starred on 'Bionic Woman' on NBC the same season that you were on 'Journeyman.' Did you bond over being on fan-favorite shows that didn't have enough time to catch on?
We did. Michelle and I met each other during press junkets two years ago. It was weird. Kim Raver was doing 'Lipstick Jungle' at the same time.

You're playing Poseidon in 'Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief' due out in February. Is that something you can take your kids to see?
Absolutely. My son [Joseph], who is 9, has already read all five [Percy Jackson] books. I don't think I'd read that many books when I was his age. [Laughs] It's very exciting. It's one of the first times they can see dad in something; usually dad's in something with blood, swords and explosions. Playing Poseidon was awesome. Half the time you're meant to be 40 feet tall. I got to work for [director] Chris Columbus and [with actors] Sean Bean, Ray Winstone, Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman -- all these people that I saw in movies that I've looked up to. On every level I had a blast.

Sounds like there could be sequels.
Yes. When my son would finish a book, I'd say, "So, am I in that one much?" He'd say, "Well, you're in a little bit ... but in the third one, dad, Poseidon does a lot. You'll be busy in that one." I'm hoping it does well and we can complete the series.

You voiced Captain "Soap" McTavish in 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.'
Yes. It's a pretty neat name. It's very clean.It opened [last] Monday and in three days it made 310 million dollars. It's bigger than any movie. It's a video game and I play the lead voice in this video game. I didn't know about video games. I had no idea what I'd be getting into!

You've been quoted as saying if all your success went away tomorrow, you'd ultimately be OK.
I'm from a small town outside of Scotland. To use a 'Star Wars' analogy I lived on Tataouine and the [Galactic] Empire was a million miles away. Eventually, I got to Edinburgh. I studied and got a job on 'Trainspotting.' I have worked very hard and I've been very lucky. There are still things I want to do. A fear that you can have an as actor is that someone is going to tell you you're fake, that you can't do this. It's irrational. I've achieved things and that doesn't just go away. But I think it's healthy to have the attitude that if it all were to go away that my life would continue. I love my wife. I love my kids. I'm blessed with my life. That's what's important.

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