The last time ABC released never-before-seen interviews with the cast, we heard from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, along with actors Sara Ramirez and Chandra Wilson. Now, another batch of cast members have been tapped to talk about their roles and the journeys they’ve undergone while being on the acclaimed medical drama.
Below, find out what Chyler Leigh, Jesse Williams, and Kevin McKidd have to say about their Grey’s Anatomy experience.
Chyler Leigh on joining the cast:
I felt like the new kid in school in some ways. I joined the show during the last two episodes of Season Three, and by then the show was already massive. I was terrified because I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t even know who I was playing until three days before my first scene. However, I was welcomed into the family with open arms, which was wonderful. I was accepted and appreciated and celebrated, and everybody was excited for me. The entire experience has been a blast.
On getting used to being on Grey’s Anatomy:
There is no denying that getting past the heavier,more dramatic episodes was a big relief to me – but Grey’s Anatomy constantly challenges us all as actors and that’s part of the reason why we love working on the show. We never know what’s coming up, so we’ve got no idea if we’re going to be playing someone happy or sad or emotional. However, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Getting this job has been a dream come true.
Jesse Williams on how different life’s been since getting his role:
Everything has changed in my life. I moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, New York, for the show, so my friends and surroundings have changed. Even the amount of tacos
I get to eat every day has increased! I’m always happy to pick up and move around to experience whatever life throws at me, so it’s been a fun experience and everything has changed for the better.
On Jackson’s tendency to take off his top on the show:
You know what? The cast laughs every time we get a new script and discover that the writers have found a new way to have me take off my shirt. It’s pretty hilarious and I don’t take it seriously at all. We crack jokes about it and the others give me hell about it, so it makes for a good time.
Kevin McKidd on his directing stint:
I was incredibly nervous in the beginning. I kept thinking to myself, ‘How is everyone going to react to my direction? How are they going to feel about it?’ I shouldn’t have worried because everyone was fantastic. I felt really touched and moved at how kind everyone was. They all went to bat for me because they knew it meant a lot and they knew I didn’t want to screw up. Let’s face it; failure was not an option.
Don’t miss out on Grey’s Anatomy every Thursday on ABC. And remember to check out the season 7 DVD, out in stores now.
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