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10/18/2016

Camilla Luddington gave an interview to Cosmopolitan recently where she talked about working with Justin and the storyline involving their characters, Jo and Alex. Below are the parts where she mentions Justin and the Jolex relationship (full interview can be read at the source).

Grey’s Anatomy Star Camilla Luddington on Jo’s Secret Past and Her Future With Alex

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Cosmopolitan: When did you find out that Jo has this big secret?

Camilla Luddington: I didn’t know specifics for a really long time. Last season, Shonda [Rhimes, the creator] and I did have a conversation about diving into Jo’s past. In the finale of season 9, Jo does reference past abuse, and I had never known what that was. And I don’t know if they even knew then what that would end up being. So we had that conversation about trying to explore that, but I didn’t know when that was going to happen.

When I sat down for the table read for the episode, I found out everything — that Jo isn’t her real name, that she has a past marriage, that he abused her, that she was still technically married. That was all at the table read. And nobody else knew either! People think that we know a lot of stuff ahead of time, but [the writers] enjoy us finding out at the table read. So there was like actual shock and Justin [Chambers, who plays Alex] was sat across from me, and he just shook his head in, like, complete disapproval! I was like, “I’m so sorry! I didn’t know!”

Obviously there are reasons for Jo to be really private about this, but it’s not like it’s something she’s done wrong. Why is she so afraid to tell Alex?

CL: Actually, right after the table read, I called the writers as I was driving home. It was swimming in my head and I had so many questions about it. I wondered why she hadn’t told Alex. They described it to me as — so, this person [that Jo is married to] was super charismatic, everyone loved him, and he’s beyond manipulative and beyond dangerous. She felt like her life was in danger when she left him and changed her identity so he couldn’t find her. He’s the type of person where if he did find her, whoever she’s with would also be in danger. And I think what she thought might happen with Alex is if she told him, he would have some sort of knee-jerk reaction and try to go after him or find him, in a way to protect her, but maybe not in the safest way to handle the situation. Then seeing Alex assault Andrew demonstrated that, in the heat of the moment, Alex can make really bad decisions.

Do you think that Alex and Jo are good for each other? I think about it all the time.

CL: You do? What’s your opinion? I’ll say mine, but I’m interested in yours.

I am…not necessarily a fan of them together. I think they both have great intentions, but they seem to trigger these insecurities or strong negative feelings in each other, and they have such a hard time communicating.

CL: Well, I think there are pros and cons to them being together. I think the pro is that they’ve had very similar experiences growing up. And actually, before these recent events, we’ve seen them be very understanding and not judging of each other’s pasts. I also think that the knowledge of the past for each of them helps them know when to dig deep and jab, in a way that’s extremely painful. They both put a wall up. But it’s hard not to root for them, because at the same time, they’re really in love with each other! But it’s so frustrating — Justin and I do scenes together where we get so frustrated because they can’t communicate or they aren’t listening or they just interrupt each other. But of course, that makes for perfect Grey’s Anatomy drama! It would be solved in an episode — or maybe two — if they did ever listen to each other. I don’t know if they’ll ever be good at communicating. But I root for them, even though I understand why some people think they can’t be together.

You and Justin have been working pretty closely together for most of your time on the show.

CL: Yeah. On a show like Grey’s Anatomy, when you shoot 10 months a year, 24 episodes, it’s hard not to get invested in your onscreen relationship. And so when we get to set, those [argument] scenes end up being really painful to film. There are a lot of times where at the end of a scene, we’re hugging and saying, “When are we getting back together? Please, please!” We feel that way, but the interesting thing about Grey’s Anatomy is that it almost feels like the relationships are a game of chess. You can be picked up where you feel safe and put somewhere else. You have to be ready for your TV life to be in turmoil at any point. I love working with Justin. We’re both so invested in this relationship… Sometimes it’s difficult, though, because he’s the one person on set who makes me laugh in my scenes. I feel so bad for the crew sometimes, because I can get the giggles just looking at him. It’s not very professional.

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10/05/2016

Jessica Capshaw’s character Arizona Robbins returns to Grey’s Anatomy in this week’s episode. Jessica gave a few interviews where she talks about Justin, the relationship between Arizona and Alex and how she’ll react to what he’s done. I’ve only posted the parts that mention Justin/Alex. The full interviews can be read at the sources linked below.

 
Entertainment Weekly

nullENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Arizona comes back to hospital in the midst of a lot of drama. How does she feel about what happened between DeLuca and Alex?
JESSICA CAPSHAW: I think ultimately — and why it’s such a great story — is that everyone feels conflicted. That’s the best part: There’s nothing conflicting about someone being hurt, so everyone feels for DeLuca because there’s nothing to not feel for. But at the same time, for such a beloved character with such a complicated history and tone to him, for Alex to be the one who assaulted him is just so heartbreaking, because you know him, so you know it was a mistake. Of course that causes friction and creates the drama. That’s what Arizona feels at the beginning — her love of Karev, their friendship, their professional relationship and having helped him at the beginning, and then her compassion and how she feels for Andrew, it’s her roommate, and just caring that he was so badly hurt.

How do you think this changes her relationship with Alex?
Maybe this is art and life coming together, but Justin Chambers is such an incredible actor and such an incredible human being. The nuances that he layers into his acting and the way that he portrays things, I don’t know that Arizona necessarily interprets of him going back to his thuggish days. My understanding was always how upset she was for having done it and jeopardized his career. Ultimately she knows, on some level, the pain that he has and the mistakes that he’s made. You can’t kick a dog that’s already down, and he is down. It’s not like he’s gotten away with it.

As the trial nears, how will the Alex-DeLuca situation further divide the hospital?
It becomes wondering who’s on whose side, who has to pick, if someone has to pick, and if someone has to pick, who that someone is, and what they mean to both of those people.

Justin mentioned he’d like to see Arizona and Alex working in the clinic together. Is that going to happen?
Oh, he just wants to work with me more. [Laughs.] We all love working together. We wouldn’t want to miss out on being able to work together just because he’s not able to be on the peds floor. That’s actually really fun. I’m so grateful. I wasn’t necessarily sure what Arizona’s medical evolution was going to be, but it’s so cool now because I think it’s true, but I’m not completely positive, that she’s actually the most certified doctor of them all with more specialties and does more things than anybody. That’s exciting. She gets to be able to step in on the peds ward, she can step in on the OBGYN ward, the fetal medicine ward, so it’s fun. Maybe she’ll head over to the clinic.

 
The Hollywood Reporter

Arizona is Alex’s mentor. How will she respond to what he’s done?

It’s ripe for contradiction and conflict for her. There was empathy, camaraderie and compassion with her roommate, Andrew. At the same time, she has a deep relationship with Alex, as a mentor, friend and confidant. Ultimately, when she first comes back, she didn’t understand how bad it was for Andrew until she sees him. It’s hard to reconcile that and it’s a little scary when you know someone you know so well does something so primal and unacceptable. There’s got to be so many different things you feel at the same time. Arizona is very connected to the empathy she had for Andrew and him being new and not having his people in place yet. And getting the shit kicked out of him, it’s awful.

DeLuca is Arizona’s roommate. Will she get stuck in the middle at all between her two main people?

I don’t know how all this will end up playing out. By the end of Thursday’s episode, you see from Alex that perhaps having Arizona come back is the last in a long chain of friends who have come and said, “You really messed this up and you did a horrible thing and you need to work your way back from it.” At the end of this episode, he says he’ll do whatever he can and Arizona believes him. She will be there for him through that.

 
TV Line

TVLINE | The preview for this week’s episode confirms that Arizona is pissed at Alex for assaulting Andrew. Is there more going on there than her just looking out for her roommate?
It’s funny, when I read the scripts that I wasn’t in, I felt like I wanted to know what Arizona was doing [when the Alex-Andrew melee went down]. Outside of Callie, Arizona has been closest to Alex. So I was kind of wondering if Alex would [reach out] to her. We find out in the episode that she heard what happened [while in NY], but she has no idea just how bad it is [until] she returns to work. And, when she sees just how bad it is, it really fires her up. And it worries her. Because anyone who can do something like that needs some help. Needs some assistance. [Laughs]

TVLINE | Does she feel caught in the middle?
She gets to sort of ride the middle. There’s an understanding that she might be able to both be upset at Alex and sad for Andrew.

 
Check out this sneak peek of Arizona and Alex’s re-encounter from tomorrow night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.



10/01/2016

Entertainment Weekly published an article where Justin gives his thoughts about Alex being demoted and sent to work at the Denny Duquette Memorial Clinic in the most recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

Grey’s Anatomy: Justin Chambers on Alex’s new move

null Alex’s fate still hangs in the balance after he beat DeLuca within an inch of his life, but the professional consequences began to mount during Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

In court, Alex (Justin Chambers) was dealt a serious blow when the D.A. decided to charge the veteran doctor with a felony. With the trial pending, and tension growing at the hospital with DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) returning to work, Bailey (Chandra Wilson) made the executive decision to send Alex to work for the short-staffed Denny Duquette Memorial Clinic — yes, it still exists!

“He’s going to be working at the Duquette Clinic, so let’s see what direction that takes him in,” Chambers tells EW. “He’s definitely going to serve something, and he’s got to find redemption.”

In fact, when EW hit the set, Chambers said Alex’s move is what the actor is most excited to see this season. “I think an interesting story’s going to happen there,” he says, noting that he hopes the storyline will provide an opportunity for Alex to work more with his former mentor Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), who is slated to return to the show next week. “Maybe there’s something that he can pull Arizona into at the clinic, something that’s important in pediatrics,” he says. “We’ll see.”

 
Giacomo Gianniotti (Andrew DeLuca) uploaded this video from the set of Grey’s and it features Justin and Camilla Luddington spending time with their fans. 😆



09/29/2016

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ellen Pompeo discusses what it’s like for the four original Grey’s Anatomy stars to be in season 13, working with Justin and their friendship.
Below are the parts of her interview where she mentions Justin, read the full interview at the source.

 

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo: There’s “No Talk” of an Endgame

nullThis 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.



09/27/2016

This is a round up of things about the season 13 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy and it includes: episode screencaps, promotional photos, the Shondaland Revealed podcast with Justin & producer Betsy Beers, and a BTS video from when they were filming the premiere.
Justin’s interview with Entertainment Weekly was already posted HERE.

 
ABC released some promotional photos from the episode after it had aired. The link to the album is below.

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The screencaps took me a while to do, but they finally at the gallery. Apologies for the ABC and Notorious logos on some of them.

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Justin was the guest on the Shondaland Revealed podcast hosted by Grey’s exec-producer Betsy Beers last week. In the podcast they discuss Alex’s journey, the season premiere, also lots of non-Grey’s things and Justin answers a few fan questions. Podcast can be listened to at Entertainment Weekly, iTunes or the Youtube video below.

 
Below is a video Giacomo Gianniotti (Andrew DeLuca) uploaded to his Instagram of him and Justin filming the season premiere. Check it out because it’s pretty funny. 😂



09/24/2016

Forbes published its list of the World’s Highest-Paid TV Actors of 2016. Justin is on the list at #15 having earned an estimated $9.5 million between June 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016. Full list can be seen at Forbes.

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In an interview published by Variety, Sarah Drew teases a bit of the upcoming storyline involving Alex. The full interview can be read at Variety, below are the parts related to Alex.

Karev got himself thrown into jail. Should we expect him to come back to work or is he really dunzo?

Sarah: I can’t tease anything because that’s the big cliffhanger! But I will say that I feel like this season we get a lot of Meredith and Alex bonding and being there for one another in really awesome ways.

How will Jo deal with Karev being in jail and DeLuca being beat up? Will she tell Alex the truth about her marriage secret?

I think that she is incredibly devastated that she created this scenario. Even though it’s not her fault obviously, if she weren’t in the situation she was in, none of this would have happened. It was all this massive misunderstanding, so I think she carries a sense of responsibly. She still obviously loves Alex, but also cares for DeLuca and is horrified by what Alex did to DeLuca — and also horrified that Alex thinks the things that he thinks happened, which are not true. It’s a really rough situation that she’s in.



09/24/2016

Now that was an intense season premiere! Justin did stellar work throughout (no surprise there), and I’m so looking forward to watching what comes next for Alex Karev. Making the return of Grey’s even better, is the return of Justin giving interviews. He spoke with Entertainment Weekly about Alex’s storyline, what happened in the season premiere and why he’s chosen to stay on Grey’s. Check it out below.

Grey’s Anatomy’s Justin Chambers on Alex’s shocking decision

null Though Alex was hesitant to take responsibility for DeLuca’s condition, he made a shocking decision in the closing moments of the Grey’s Anatomy premiere by turning himself in to the police.

During the premiere, DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) is rushed to the hospital, but Alex (Justin Chambers) declines to share what happened to him. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) quickly deduces what happened, confronts Alex, and pushes him to turn himself in. While she initially helps him cover it up, Mer ultimately tells Bailey (Chandra Wilson) — but Alex has already turned himself in. What’s next? EW hit the set to find out from Chambers:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s Alex’s mindset right now when turning himself in?
JUSTIN CHAMBERS: His mindset is that he wants to be married, and he’s in love with Jo, and he wants to be her husband, and he wants her to be his wife, and she hasn’t given him an answer. DeLuca was just an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire, and Alex has a lot of rage. He’s got a lot to be rageful about.

EW: How guilty does he feel over what he’s done?
JC: Right now, he’s just trying to pick up the pieces and try to glue it back together.

EW: This is a side we’ve never really seen from Alex before. How does this incident scare him?
JC: It’s a good question. I’ll know the farther I act it. It’s great to be on a show where they really dive into the characters, and everyone gets a little piece of the pie. These are moments that I relish. It’s a great gig. It’s just such an awesome job. I’m so grateful, and I enjoy it very much.

EW: Can you talk about the repercussions moving forward?
JC: I don’t know how that affects his medical license. I don’t know, but he’s… got to find redemption.

EW: Alex seems to have reverted back to the jerk we knew from the early seasons.
JC: I think two steps forward, one step back. I think the jerkier side’s going to come out, and I think he’s definitely taking a pit stop from trying to be more altruistic. He’s been wronged a lot, but he also has to take responsibility.

EW: How do you feel about going back to that side of Alex?
JC: It’s fun. It’s all fun. I’m just happy to work. Yeah, it’s glorious. It really is. Not to be corny, but it is.

EW: Let’s talk about how this is going to change his relationship with Jo.
JC: Obviously, [he’s] going to find out why she can’t marry him. I don’t know where that takes them from there, but he’s hurt, and he’s angry, and he’s wrong, but he’s also right.

EW: For Alex and Jo, do you think there’s…
JC: Hope? On this show, anything’s possible. Anything.

EW: How do you think he’ll feel when he finds out Jo Wilson is not Jo Wilson?
JC: I think angry, very angry, and hurt. Hurt’s usually always under anger. So hurt, very, very hurt.

EW: This is somebody who he finally opened himself up to after Izzie.
JC: Yeah, and it’s a facade, but there’s got to be a reason. He’s definitely going to be hurt in the beginning when he finds out, but people can work through things.

EW: Do you think he understands a little bit about running away from your past given his own past?
JC: Yeah, I would think so. I think he should be a little more empathetic, but they bonded over their past, and to leave that part of her past out, that’s a pretty big piece of her puzzle, so I think he’s going to feel very betrayed.

EW: How will Alex’s relationship with Maggie change after beating up her ex? Will it be difficult for them to come back from that?
JC: I believe so. I mean, as of what we’ve shot so far, I’ve seen her look at Alex with disgust. He messed up. He messed up. Messing up is not good. We got to clean it up if we mess it up.

EW: What was it that made you want to come back, ultimately, for season 13?
JC: A job. I like having a job. I like the people I work with. My boss is awesome. It’s great. Why not? I’ve got nowhere better to be. This is where I’m supposed to be, and I’m enjoying it.

EW: Do you feel like you’ve achieved what you wanted to achieve with this character and everything’s icing on the cake at this point?
JC: I’d like to see him settle and find real foundation with family. I think Alex would be a good dad, but maybe he’s supposed to be everyone’s dad as a doctor. I know that I still care to play him, so I’m interested in seeing where it goes, but I think Alex is going to be OK.



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