“I see myself more as an addition to an existing show.” That said, Henderson was hardly surprised by the “Mc Dreamy” chatter given that his casting was announced just six weeks after Derek drew his last breath.
“Because of the timing of [my arrival], it was inevitable that people were going to make those comparisons,” he admits.
“At the end of the day, my job is to serve the audience, and I do that by serving Shonda,” Henderson continues.
The pressure I felt was more about coming onto a show and cast and crew that had been working together for so long. The crew and cast were so welcoming and kind and supportive, and that made me feel at home instantly.
Were you a fan of “Grey’s Anatomy” before you were cast? I’ve been a fan of “Grey’s” since it’s early stuff.
While all signs point to Nathan being romantically involved with Owen’s sister — which seemingly ended up going terribly wrong — Henderson spoke to Variety to clear up Nathan’s storyline.
Based on tonight’s episode, we have to assume that Nathan was heavily romantically involved with Owen’s sister, and something went terribly wrong. There’s a reason why you’re a journalist — your instincts are impeccable! [Laughs.] In typical “Grey’s” fashion, the mystery is sort of going to build very slowly throughout the episodes.
Another duo fighting during the midseason finale were Jo (Camilla Luddington) and Alex (Justin Chambers).
Their bickering couldn’t even be resolved by a proposal — Karev popped the question, and we were left with a major cliffhanger: “Yes or no? Back with the boys, Owen and Nathan got into a physical fight, which resulted in Nathan getting punched. The reason behind Owen and Nathan’s bad blood isn’t perfectly clear at this point, but throughout the episode, Nathan called Owen’s mother “Ma,” and at episode’s end, Meredith told Owen she didn’t know he had a sister.
When we do find out, I think it’s going to be fun to see how that relationship evolves, if in fact that happens…maybe he never ties himself down because I know very little about his history romantically, so it’s all a mystery at the moment. What was your reaction to all of the attention to your casting, especially those reports that said you were replacing Dempsey (whose character Derek Shepherd was killed off), shortly before you joined the show? I think from the get-go, I personally never compared myself to Patrick or considered comparing my character to his character because they’re so innately different.
When I first read reports, I thought that it was really just a coincidence of timing. It was like being the new kid in school, but everyone put my fears at ease immediately.
“Grey’s Anatomy” has made famous nicknames in Mc Dreamy and Mc Steamy. I love representing my country and where I’m from so if that one stuck, I’d be very happy.