Working by means of their struggles. Gray’s Anatomy followers have watched Owen Hunt and Teddy Altman’s marriage pushed to the brink all through season 19, however star Kevin McKidd says there’s lastly a lightweight on the finish of the tunnel.
“He and Teddy [Kim Raver] are nonetheless working. You possibly can see them beginning to work their method again towards being one, they usually’ve had a tough time, I believe,” the Scotland native, 49, solely advised Us Weekly at PaleyFest in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 2.
Owen misplaced his medical license earlier in season 19 after illegally offering veterans with medication for physician-assisted deaths. Since then, he’s been on probation, practising solely beneath the supervision of different physicians. The state of affairs has been worrying for each docs, particularly as Teddy took on a brand new function as chief of surgical procedure. Nevertheless, Owen has since earned his license again, and Bailey (Chandra Wilson) suggested Teddy and Owen to determine their relationship now as a substitute of drowning in resentment.
“I believe we’re gonna see them actually type of bend down into this actually supportive, loving couple,” McKidd advised Us of the couple. “She’s the chief, he’s the pinnacle of trauma. He’s now in a position to help her as a result of … he is aware of what it takes to do this job. So he turns into her rock in a way because the season strikes on.”
It’s a welcome change for each the viewers and stars. “That’s actually enjoyable to play as a result of it’s been so form of tumultuous for them and it’s good to see Owen actually present up for his spouse, who’s in probably the most tough jobs within the hospital,” the director added.
McKidd added that Owen gained’t take his return to the OR without any consideration. “He had his wings form of clipped and now he’s in a position to unfold his wings once more. He’s very pleased,” he defined. “What’s good is that when one thing will get taken away from you in life, you understand how a lot you adore it. And I believe it’s reigniting him in a method. He’s reinvigorated as a personality as a result of he … virtually misplaced every little thing. So now he’s much more invested in college students in medication, and it’s nice to play this type of reinvigorated model of him.”
Whereas his character is rediscovering his love of drugs, McKidd is spreading his personal wings behind the digital camera. The star has directed 37 episodes of Gray’s Anatomy since 2011, and his newest episode, which aired on Thursday, March 30, opened with an prolonged one-shot take that took viewers from the ambulance into the ER with a automobile crash sufferer.
“We did it in two takes,” McKidd revealed. “The primary take was good. [Executive producer] Debbie Allen was like, ‘We’re executed. Nice. We’ve received it, we’ve received it, it’s executed.’ And I mentioned, ‘No, let’s do yet another.’ And the second take was simply 15 p.c higher. So the take that aired was take two of the 2 takes. I’m extremely proud. I believe it’s a few of the greatest work we’ve executed. We’ve by no means executed that within the present. We actually have executed one thing that the present has by no means executed in its 19 seasons. [I’m] so, so proud.”
Gray’s Anatomy season 19 airs on ABC Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.
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Reporting by Kat Pettibone