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Paging Dr. McArmy! Kevin McKidd Dishes on Grey's

Paging Dr. McArmy! Kevin McKidd Dishes on Grey's

This week, I got to spend a few minutes of phone time with Grey's Anatomy's newest regular cast member, Kevin McKidd. His Dr. Owen Hunt — er, that's McArmy to me — is bringing brooding back to Seattle Grace as a war veteran who's seen some dark times in the field. Now, the trauma specialist is deploying some of his unorthodox methods in the Grey's OR — and also prompting the normally reserved Cristina (Sandra Oh) to open up a bit. McKidd chatted with me about why he took the job, what it's really like on set, and what's in store for Hunt and Cristina. Here are highlights:

What initially appealed to you about Owen Hunt?
I liked the fact that he's very direct, he's very focused on his work, he's got a lot of baggage going on, he's trying to be very professional and not get involved with people at the hospital, but he's failing at that each day, because he keeps looking across and seeing Cristina. I'm drawn to the character because he has very noble ideas, I think, about medicine, but he's been though a lot recently and he's struggling with his own emotions. I think it's interesting to watch a highly intelligent surgeon not really have a full grip on himself because of what he's been through.

I think a lot of fans of the show, myself included, would say they're happy to see Cristina finally getting some action. Without giving too much away, will there be more of that?
I think you can put good money on that. I think those two have a deep connection going on between them. They aren't sure where it's coming from . . . We're watching the falling in love of two people who normally wouldn't give credence to that. It's fun and exciting. It's a very kind of touching and heartfelt journey.

Lots more from McKidd, so

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The latest kiss between Hunt and Cristina was very passionate, but also almost violent. Will we see more of the darker side of him?
You have to remember, all of his colleagues were lost in an ambush attack, and he's the only one who walked out alive. . . It's illogical, but I think it's [a fear that] if he gets close to someone he will lose them. It's a psychological problem that he needs to get over and get help with . . . He's a really good man, he's not violent, but he's certainly struggling with the fear — it's almost a fear of getting too close to anyone right now. He desperately wants to be intimate but he doesn't feel he should be.

You already have the "Mc" in McKidd, obviously, but have you gotten an official Grey's Mc-name yet?
I don't know when that happens. [Laughs] I know that Shonda is calling me Heathcliff at the moment.

With the sudden departure of Brooke Smith, Grey's has gotten a bit of gossip about being a troubled workplace. Can you set the record straight on that? What's your experience like on set?
One of the things I try not to do is listen to the gossip. The way I find my working environment and the life on the show is very positive and fun. I think sometimes people like to push things up just to get a headline. I think that's what's happening here.

You worked with Patrick Dempsey in Made of Honor. Is it different working with him now on the show?
His character's much more serious in Grey's than it was in Made of Honor. He's much more intense as Dr. Shepherd. . . I was kind of nervous starting the show, and it was nice to have someone I'd worked with in the recent past.

Will we ever get to hear you use your native Scottish accent in a show on this side of the pond?
Maybe when people start sending letters to the network to make it happen! I'd love to do that — it would make my work easier. But I actually really enjoy [doing an accent]. One of the reasons I became an actor was that I was a very shy kid, and when I put a character on and an accent, I felt freer. . . In Made of Honor, I used my own accent for the first time [in a long time] and I felt sort of naked.

Photo copyright 2008 ABC, Inc.

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alicia25 alicia25 7 years
I am also quite taken by Kevin McKidd, I find his character fascinating, I find him personally very attractive and as one of my favorite characters on the show is Christina, because of her intensity, her uncompromising attitude about medicine and her drive, a relationship between the two of them just works for me. The two can connect at a very deep level, not superficially like many of the other characters.
piper23 piper23 7 years
I'm in lust.
quarterjappy quarterjappy 7 years
Him and Cristina are the reason I watch the show! It is such an interesting storyline.... and I love aggressive men.... but he has a soft side too...so ya know...basically I love that he is on the show!
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Yay for Heathcliff. A very good interview. Now can we just get rid of Izzie???
bransugar79 bransugar79 7 years
I love the character he's so different from the McDreamy Steamy combo. I think his back story is very interesting and I know everyone else thought the kiss with Christina last week was violent but I thought it was very telling it showed his fear of intimacy and being vulnerable and I thought the whole scene was very true to both characters. I love Sandra Oh and she is probably one of the biggest reasons I watch the show so I think this pairing gives the opportunity for more meaty work from both actors.
daise daise 7 years
I don't like McArmy, it sounds too clumsy. I like Heathcliff - it suits him, separates him from McSteamy and McDreamy silliness (as much as I love them) - But if it had to be Mc-something, I'd go for Mc Studly :)
GissiJ GissiJ 7 years
i heart him... he was also in journey man
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
Kellys: he is a major not a seargeant ;)
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
He is much hotter on Grey's Anatomy than Made of Honor, even though he doesn't have his hot Scottish accent :( Great interview! I like his answers.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Good interview, but I have to say that I really dislike the character so far. I also don't think he's attractive, but I guess that has nothing to do with his character, so...
thelorax thelorax 7 years
His character is definitely refreshing & a great addition to the show. I like that "McArmy" stays out of the gossip & drama on & off the show.
CYL CYL 7 years
*swooon* I love him..and I love his character!
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I do the McArmy-
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I do the McArmy-
kellys kellys 7 years
i've been calling him sergeant steamy ;)
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 7 years
McStudly is the only reason I am still watching Grey's!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Wonderful interview, Buzz! Thanks. He seems to understand "McArmy" well; his insights into his character's motivations are honest and refreshing. I, too, forgot that he was in Made of Honor. Loved his final comment about feeling "naked" when he uses his Scottish accent.
hokiepokie hokiepokie 7 years
Fantastic interview. It just makes me like him even more.
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 7 years
Great interview - he seems like such a grounded, honest guy. I was never an obsessive viewer of Grey's but since he joined the cast it's become "must-see tv" for me each week. I think he's made a great addition to the cast and his scenes with Sandra Oh are fantastic. Can't wait to see where they go with them!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i totally forgot that he was in made of honor - it BAFFLES me that people with accents are able to pull off 'American' so successfully. i like his healthy perception of things and that he knows what the deal is with greys. every year there's something to talk about...first isaiah, and then Katherine was always in the news about bad mouthing the writers. he at least realizes that it's going on and doesn't mind it.i hope that we get to see his character developed more. it's going to be an interesting season with him.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i totally forgot that he was in made of honor - it BAFFLES me that people with accents are able to pull off 'American' so successfully. i like his healthy perception of things and that he knows what the deal is with greys. every year there's something to talk about...first isaiah, and then Katherine was always in the news about bad mouthing the writers. he at least realizes that it's going on and doesn't mind it. i hope that we get to see his character developed more. it's going to be an interesting season with him.
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