Grey's Anatomy Love Triangle: "The Characters Can't Be Happy All the Time"

Kevin McKidd spills about the Cristina-Owen-Teddy drama and the possible return of Hunt's PTSD

By Jennifer Godwin Nov 19, 2009 1:00 PMTags
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Here's the bad news: Kim Raver's Teddy Altman is definitely a complication for Grey's Anatomy's most beloved twosome of the moment: Kevin McKidd's Owen Hunt and Sandra Oh's Cristina Yang. As Kevin McKidd correctly pointed out when we spoke earlier this week, "For a TV show to work, the characters can't be happy all the time." (Bah humbug!)

Now, here's the good news: McKidd and costar Oh are both total Crowen shippers who want to see their characters together as much or more than we do. McKidd testifies, "I want the best for him. I want him to be happy. I want him to be in love. I want him to be all these things, and so does Sandra [for her character]." And you've got to believe that all that love for love will win out in the end, right?

Kevin McKidd explained to us why he and Sandra are so in sync, both on- and offscreen, and what this triangle means for the show. Plus, McKidd revealed a worrisome suspicion that Owen's old nemesis might be back sooner rather than later...

The awesome McKidd made us very happy when we enticed him to talk about his press-shy and universally acknowledged as brilliant costar Sandra Oh.

McKidd told us, "I love her to bits. I think we both come from the same place as far as wanting the work to feel rooted and real and true. She's very protective over her character, understandably. As am I. One of the problems and the downsides of working on a long-term character is that you, the actor, become very protective over the character. I want the best for him. I want him to be happy. I want him to be in love. I want him to be all these things, and so does Sandra. But we both know that for a TV show to work, the characters can't be happy all the time. That's the whole point, so there's this weird thing going on, which is I think Sandra and I both right now are finding it hard because we're so kind of in love with the characters, and so kind of invested in Owen and Cristina being together. Suddenly there's this potential for danger. I [think we are] quite anxious ourselves for our characters' happiness. I think again, that adds to the chemistry of it all."

And that chemistry will indeed be tested in the coming weeks, and we aren't the only ones who are anxious about it. McKidd says, "People are hopefully going to be very, very torn and very involved and kind of sucked into it. I think it's a very interesting story we're telling...Stuff happens that you do not expect. Because you know when things like this happen in life, it can change your perception on a dime. And I think the intensity of that is going to be a really interesting player." Oh well, if we Grey's fans are going to be saddled with "intensity" rather than rainbows and unicorns, at least we'll be enduring it in the company of Oh and McKidd, two of the greatest "intense" actors currently working on TV.

And when the intensity gets to be too much, we'll just have to take our cues from the actors. McKidd says that when the anxiety gets to be too much, "At the end of the day we kind of have to laugh about it. We know it's just a joke. I think. [Laughs.] We spend a lot of time talking about these two people. We were really good friends, Sandra and I. We spend a lot of time worrying about—it's worry. It's almost like parents worrying over their children." (We know!)

Romance notwithstanding, other elements of Owen's world remain unsettled: "I don't think the PTSD thing is over for Owen. I think we're going to see more of that. The thing about posttraumatic stress disorder is that you can learn to manage in your life, but you can never fully get rid of it. I think that is going to come back to haunt him. I would hope, I don't know, but I would hope that we're going to see and deal with it in a very different way than he did last year. He was in denial about this thing that he had last year, and now he knows fully that he has this thing, and that is part of the process. I want to see that. I want to see him deal with it again but in a much more reformed way, because that is the true journey of posttraumatic stress disorder."

Do you think Owen and Cristina will be OK in the end? How long do you think can you endure the Teddy/Jackson sideshow before your patience wears out? And how awesome is Kevin McKidd? Tell us in the comments!


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