Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) might be a big-shot surgeon on Chicago Med—and was just named to a further ego-inflating "40 Under 40" power list—but in season two, his arrogance is taking a hit with the addition of his new mentor, Dr. Latham (Ato Assando), to the staff.
"Dr. Latham…is basically the antithesis to what Dr. Downey was last year," Donnell tells E! News of his character's new mentor. "He's a little brash; he's got some personality traits that are taking some getting used to. I think that's been one of the coolest things about this season with Connor—the fact that he's learning how to deal with that tough personality and also, at the same time, knowing and figuring out that he has so much to learn from this guy."
Basically, Dr. Rhodes is being knocked down a few pegs—and he probably needs to be, if we're being honest.
In other mentor-mentee news, Rachel DiPillo and Oliver Platt, a.k.a. Doctors Reese and Charles, also spoke to E! News in Chicago this week about their characters' new working relationship.
While Reese spent her time in the ER thinking she was going to go into pathology, she soon realized that she loved working with patients instead. "I don't think it was actually soulful enough for her," Platt says. "I don't think that's a word that Sarah Reese would use but she was obviously looking for meaning."
Adds DiPillo, "I feel like she was walking one walk but her talk was getting in her way. Her talk was 'pathology, pathology, pathology,' but her walk [wasn't]. When you went back and looked at, it was fitting."
Chicago Med airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.
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