Meredith considers her loyalties, as Alex deals with the repercussions of his actions. Newlyweds Amelia and Owen host a dinner party with unlikely guests, and Jackson proposes an arrangement to help April through her recovery.
Meredith considers her loyalties, as Alex deals with the repercussions of his actions. Newlyweds Amelia and Owen host a dinner party with unlikelyguests, and Jackson proposes an arrangement to help April through her recovery.
Has the final nail been hammered into the Jolex coffin on Grey’s Anatomy?
In last week’s Season 13 premiere, Alex (Justin Chambers) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) had a brutal conversation in the halls of Grey Sloan, during which Alex essentially told Jo that she’s incapable of loving someone due to her upbringing – this after he beat up the man he (incorrectly) believed Jo was sleeping with. So, suffice to say, their relationship is at a minimum on hold, at least for the time being.
This week, we’ll continue to see Alex grappling with the fact that his career hangs in the balance. But where does Jo go from here?
TVGuide.com chatted with Luddington about how Jo continues to deal with the aftermath of Alex’s actions, whether there’s any hope for them to get back together and when, if ever, we’ll find out Jo’s backstory.
Now that Webber’s (James Pickens Jr.) convinced Jo to stay at Grey Sloan, what can we expect from her this week Luddington: In [this] week’s episode, Jo is kind of dealing with coming out of the aftermath of all of the drama that happened with the fight in the hospital. … Everyone is talking about it and talking about her and DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), and it’s a big topic of conversation, and she feels very isolated. I think she’s just looking for anyone to lean on, and she doesn’t really have anyone. … Also, people are choosing sides, and you see that happen. So, I think it’s kind of a polarizing time within Grey Sloan.
It looks like Alex is going to go to court on Thursday’s episode. Does Jo play any role in supporting him through this ordeal? Luddington: Yes, you see Alex have to go to court, and obviously the outcome of that will possibly change his career. … Jo does go. She wants to be present for many different reasons that you find out in this episode, [but] she really feels very torn. … In the last episode, she does go and try and talk to Alex, but he shut her down in a way that was so brutal to her that I think that she’s even more heartbroken than she was in the finale of last year. That conversation between them was pretty hard to watch. Luddington: It was hard for us to do! It was hard for us to film.
What was Jo feeling in that moment? She seems to just freeze up rather than clarifying things with Alex. Luddington: I think in that moment she wanted to really clear up what had happened that night, and then maybe get to [telling him about her past] at some point. But I think his reaction to all of this doesn’t bode well for her telling him the truth. They know each other so well that he knows exactly how to drive the knife in, and that is the one thing that would be the most hurtful to her, is to make out that her past means that she is not capable of love or commitment. It’s hard because I don’t even know if Alex really believed that. I think that he was, in that moment, just himself so hurt, confused, angry, that he’s going to the lowest low he can think of. But now I think it’s shut her down. I’m not sure what it will take for her to open up and ever tell him now.
I think there are two reasons she wanted to go to the hospital in the last episode. … She tried initially, obviously, to [explain things to] Alex and it didn’t work. But I also think she came to the hospital to make sure that DeLuca wasn’t the one that delivered any news about her past, and if it ever came out it was going to be on her terms with her telling her boyfriend.
What’s your take on why Jo didn’t tell Alex the truth about her past in the first place? Luddington: This storyline’s been really interesting to me, because I haven’t seen my Twitter erupt in such a way in the four and a bit years I’ve been on the show than with this particular storyline. Because some people are blaming Jo and some people are blaming Alex, and wondering why she didn’t tell him. I think … she didn’t tell him because she thought that he might have a knee-jerk reaction, and that it might make her situation with her past worse, and therefore dangerous for both of them. You guys have been able to see that he didn’t just sock DeLuca a couple times. DeLuca almost lost his sight. It was so brutal.
Will we, the audience, learn about Jo’s backstory, even if Alex doesn’t? Luddington: We’re still so early into filming episodes. It feels like we haven’t even really dived in yet to this season and we’re really dealing with the initial aftermath of the fight. I hope that once we get into the season we do learn more about that. I think that, when the writers do open Pandora’s box in that way, things just happen to spill out. So my hope is that yes, but I can’t confirm anything.
Now that she’s seen such violent behavior from Alex, would Jo even want to get back together with him? Luddington: This is why this is so complicated, and when I said earlier that I think she’s really torn, she’s torn about so many elements over this. And one of them is definitely that she has been a victim of physical abuse, and she saw a side of him when he reacted so badly that he abused someone, basically. … So I think that’s very confusing to her, and I think that she’s going to spend a lot of this season unraveling how she feels about him now, how he feels about her, how she feels about different people, how she feels about the fight, if she feels like she can trust people. It’s not even any more that she can’t tell Alex about the past. Now the fight has just added this completely crazy other layer to it, where it does remind her of things that have happened to her in the past. And she cannot separate it.
We see that Jo also has a conversation with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) in Thursday’s episode. What can you tell us about that? Luddington: I think she’s known for a really long time that relationship [between Meredith and Alex] is extremely close. [Laughs] I mean, they’ve had problems in the past with maybe boundaries being pushed a little bit. So, I don’t think that she’s surprised that Meredith would be on Alex’s side. I think that she expects it. I think the trouble for her is that Alex is a loved attending, and she is a new resident, and it’s been hard for her to make relationships really other than Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton). When people are taking sides, and there’s rumors, of course, going around the hospital, it’s hard for her to feel like really anyone’s taking her side. And of course, there’s speculation. So, I think that she thinks that Meredith will side with Alex, but she also feels like maybe everyone will. Which is difficult for her.
When you say she has no one on her side, what about Stephanie? Luddington: I think Stephanie will always be there for her, and I think Jo has a bad habit of feeling like she wants to try and cope with it on her own. And even if there are moments where Stephanie is there for her, I think that at the end of the day, the people that she’s trying to impress in order to get ahead in the hospital, those are the people that she’s hoping to forge relationships with too, and then something like this, where it’s their fellow attending, that makes it hard for her.
What kind of rumors are going around among the other doctors? Luddington: Was there cheating going on? Were Alex and Jo really broken up? All those kinds of things.
Do we see her try to clear any of those things up? Luddington: I think you just see her sort of slowly kind of backed into a corner, as opposed to really trying to explain to what would be 100 people what happened. … I think it’s difficult for her to feel like someone has made that assumption about her. But I think she also understands that that maybe is what it looked like. But at the end of the day, also what’s tricky, again, is that, would it have even been considered cheating? Because he had broken up with her. This is what people are arguing over. There are so many elements to this. it’s not black and white. It’s very gray.
Does Jo feel any sense of guilt or responsibility about dragging DeLuca into this? Luddington: She does know that she’s not responsible, but I think that she sees herself in him in that moment. She has been physically broken, basically, before, and so I think that she feels terrible that he was part of Alex and [her] breakup. So, I don’t think she feels responsible necessarily for Alex initiating a fight like that, but I think she feels some sort of guilt for bringing [DeLuca] home. You see elements of that in the next few episodes too.
Can we just take a minute to acknowledge Meridith Grey. she lost her mother. she lost her father. she lost her step mother. she lost george. she lost izzy. she lost her sister. she lost mark. christina left. she lost fucking derek. imagine how it mustve felt to see alex go to jail. imagine how it mustve felt to see the only person whos known her, and has always been there, from the start go. the only person who still knows her after the shooting, the bomb, the plane crash, derek. imagine seeing your best friend go to jail not knowing if hes ever going to come back. if ur ever going to see him again. imagine losing everything and i mean everything u have ever loved. and then tell me shes not fucking brilliant.
The ShondaLand leading lady talks with THR about how the veteran medical drama continues to reinvent itself. Thirteen seasons in, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is showing no signs of slowing down and that is just fine with leading lady Ellen Pompeo (Meredith).
The actress, who signed a new deal to return for season 13, tells THR that she isn’t taking the show’s success lightly — and that there are no plans to hang up the show’s proverbial scrubs anytime soon given its new ranking as ABC’s No. 1 drama.
Additionally, the actress opens up about the show’s continued reinvention and its incredible ability to start anew as cast members (think Sandra Oh and Patrick Dempsey, among others) come and go.
This season focuses on the original stars — you, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. What does that mean for Meredith and her journey this season? It’s strange because when we’ve lost people from the show, you feel sad and you feel like, “Is it going to be the same? Is it going to be more fun?” But in a funny way, the evolution really helps us continue. And we’re finding our way. The writers are doing a great job. I don’t know what it is, but we’re having a great time. I think we’re all in a place — Justin, myself, [creator] Shonda Rhimes, Jim Pickens, Chandra Wilson — all the originals that are left. You go through a journey of 13 years and at this stage, you’re just so grateful that we’ve had the support that we’ve had. I mean, can you imagine the audience has supported us for 13 years? Some movie stars don’t get a career that long. And we’re on every week and people are still watching. We don’t take it lightly, it’s unbelievable.
From what we’ve seen in the season 13 premiere, Meredith is getting a lot of time early on with Alex. Justin and I have such unbelievable chemistry. I would sit on the sidewalk with him for days and I wouldn’t have to do anything. He’s one of my closest friends. So to be able to get to act with him and to have stories that we get together all the time is a dream come true.
How will Alex’s arrest impact his reputation and the season going forward? He’s going to get demoted at work. Justin is an unbelievable talent. He’s just so simple and present and he’s an amazing scene partner. I always say I’ve never had a scene partner like Sandra Oh; she was the most incredible scene partner. And Justin is right up there with her. I’m having a ball with him this season. All we have to do is look at each other and we really vibe.
Meredith also told Riggs (Martin Henderson) that she isn’t interested in him, though it seems pretty clear she’s just being a good sister. Yes! Well apparently they’ve had sex several times in a car — which is not something I can condone or advocate. I think a hotel or a bed possibly would have been better! But Meredith continues to make bad choices as a parent. [Laughs.] It has been revealed that Maggie (Kelly McCreary) has a crush on Riggs, too, so it’s a good way out for Meredith because she doesn’t have to commit and can’t have anything to do with him. She has a good excuse to not feel guilty about her dead husband (Dempsey’s Derek) because her sister likes him.
Is she inching toward being ready to date again? She is inching. But there are 24 episodes, so we have to inch forward, inch back. But that is a fun triangle to play.
Grey’s is ABC’s top drama in season 13, an impressive accomplishment. Do you and Shonda have an endgame? We’re blessed to be able to go on this long. As long as the show is successful, and Shonda and I and the cast are having fun, I think that will be a decision that Shonda and I come to. Obviously the network and the studio will have some say. There’s no talk of going away with numbers like this. As long as the show’s a success — I mean, it’s so fun! It’s such rarified air. To have a show on the air for this long and have it be this successful and have it be driving a whole night of television and be the network’s No. 1show. I’m super grateful and I don’t want to take that for granted and I don’t want to walk away from the golden goose. I want to put a leash around it and take it everywhere with me!