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In an article published by Entertainment Weekly, Shonda Rhimes (creator and executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy) explains that the show will tackle the issue of domestic violence in season 13. The issue will be explored through Jo Wilson’s (played by Camilla Luddington) backstory as a woman who ran away from her abusive husband, and her relationship with Alex who grew up with domestic violence.
Read below what Shonda and Justin had to say about the story.

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Heading into its 13th season, Grey’s Anatomy will be shining a light on the topic of domestic violence.

At the close of season 12, Jo (Camilla Luddington) turned down Alex’s proposal, scared to confess that she couldn’t marry him because she was already wed. In truth, her name isn’t even Jo Wilson, and she had run away from an abusive husband. Season 13 picks up in the aftermath of Alex (Justin Chambers) pummeling DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) following what was ultimately a miscommunication resulting from Jo’s reveal. As Alex faces the consequences of his actions both at the hospital and within his relationship, Jo’s backstory will finally unfurl.

“I don‘t think that I ever think about doing things, like, ‘Oh, we’re doing a domestic violence story as an issue,’” Shonda Rhimes tells EW. “It felt like it was time to tell Jo’s story, and it felt like it was time to tell Jo’s story especially in the context of Alex, who he is and how he grew up. Alex is so defined by who he used to be and who he is trying to become, and so is Jo.”

It’s that commonality over rising above their scrappy upbringings that initially brought Alex and Jo together — and could now ultimately drive them a part. “They bonded over their past,” Chambers says, “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.”

The storyline is part and parcel of Grey’s Anatomy putting focus on the remaining original characters — check out photos of season 13 here — including Alex, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Webber (James Pickens Jr). “Meredith will always be the nucleus because she’s the voice, but to have the four originals still is pretty amazing,” Chambers says.

Truly, this is a storyline that’s several years in the making. Longtime Grey’s Anatomy viewers may remember Jo’s former fling Jason Myers a.k.a Chest Peckwell (The Originals’ Charles Michael Davis), who landed in the hospital severely beaten after he hit Jo — which makes a lot more sense now knowing her history. “That concept is something that we’ve — the writers — have talked about for years, and have always been like, ‘Is this the right time? Is this the right time?’” Rhimes says. “We’ve been trying to figure out when to deploy that. It felt right at this moment in time because Jo’s backstory has always been very intriguing to us, and this idea that she is now fully who she says she is, and that she is somebody who has reinvented herself.”

“I love her as being somebody who has reinvented herself,” Rhimes continues. “I also love her as being somebody who has overcome a lot of really, really bad things to make something of her life. She’s a survivor. The idea that she’s a survivor and that very act of being that person is threatening to that relationship is interesting. The fact that Alex is a guy who his response is to beat somebody up is a little problematic.”

What’s also problematic is that Jo’s husband is still out there, and viewers may even get to meet him this season. “Meredith suffered a violent attack last year and very much overcame it,” Rhimes says. “This idea that women are often treated in this way is disturbing to me, but it’s also very interesting to me to get to tell the story of Jo from this perspective of somebody who has walked away from a past that happened so long ago, and might have to face it again.”



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Ryan, who is part of the crew on Grey’s Anatomy, tweeted another behind-the-scenes pic of Justin with Ellen Pompeo in episode 11.10 “The Bed’s Too Big Without You”

 
 
Below is the intro to a fun list of a few great Alex Karev moments over the last 12 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Check out which moments were chosen at the link.

12 Times We Fell In Love With Dr. Alex Karev

Character development on fleek.

Part of the reason I probably love watching “Grey’s Anatomy” every week is because of Dr. Karev. Over the past 12 seasons “Grey’s Anatomy” fans have watched him go from a cocky, self-absorbed intern, to the lovable
null pediatric surgeon who is now Meredith’s bestie (and basically one of the only original characters that Shonda Rhimes hasn’t managed to kill or write off yet). I mean talk about some serious character development. And while he has his moments where he can be a bit of a jerk, we can’t help but to love Dr. Karev.

P.S. Shonda Rhimes can please not kill this one off?

 
And a few more fan pics from the last few days…


A photo posted by Allyson (@allysonjmartin) on



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Season 12 of Grey’s Anatomy has come to an end and it was ABC’s #1 drama of the 2015/2016 season. Congratulations to Justin and the rest of the cast and crew on another successful season! 😊 Justin is now enjoying the hiatus and will return to work for season 13 of Grey’s in July.

Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to longtime cast member Sara Ramirez (Callie Torres). Her farewell message can be read HERE. We wish her the very best and hope to see Callie again one day. Now, on to the update…

 
The gallery has been updated with the screencaps from the season finale titled “Family Affair.” (P.S. – How amazing was Justin in the finale? I hope he gets more material like that next season.)

Screencaps > 12.24 – Family Affair
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Camilla Luddington gave several interviews discussing the events in the finale between Jo Wilson and Alex Karev. I’m only quoting the answers that mention Justin, but I recommend reading the full interviews that are linked below.

VARIETY- ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Finale: A Wedding, Baby & Secret Marriage
 

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ Camilla Luddington on Jo’s Bombshell

What was the cast’s reaction like? How did Justin respond?

Nobody else knew that Jo was married. I didn’t know that was the storyline that was going to happen. I wasn’t sure Jo would be answering the question at the end of the season. When I read it, there were castmembers gasping. Justin was sitting across the table from me and just shook his head at me! (Laughing.) I told him, “I’m so sorry!”

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Grey’s Anatomy: Who is Jo Wilson, really?

Does this force her hand to be honest about her husband with Alex?

It might, but I almost feel like she’s so terrified about it that I don’t even know if that will. I have no idea. She already thought she’s lost him by the time she gets in that bar with DeLuca. Still, that wasn’t enough to tell him. That’s how frightened she is about it and how much she thinks that she’s also trying to protect Alex. It’s a really sad situation. I remember doing this scene with Justin, I said to him, “I really don’t know how I can recover from this” — I speak like I’m my character — “How do I explain this to you?” He’s like, “I don’t know.” You hope that maybe their love is so strong and so unconditional that it doesn’t break them, but I don’t know how it can’t at this point.

 
Grey’s Prop Master, Angela Whiting, tweeted the BTS pic below from the season finale. The rest of the season 12 BTS pics can be seen at the gallery HERE.



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Ahead of Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy airing, The Hollywood Reporter published an article about what’s keeping Alex and Jo from getting married. Ellen Pompeo said very nice things about Justin and the Alex and Jo (Jolex) pairing, and Camilla Luddington also chimed in on Jolex. Here’s an excerpt and the full article can be read at the source linked below.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’: What’s Keeping Jo and Alex From Getting Married?

For her part, Pompeo hopes Jo and Alex are MFEO and is perhaps the couple’s biggest fan.

“I know that’s not happening right now,” Pompeo told THR of an Alex-Mer pairing during a recent set visit. As for Alex and Jo, the actress warned that there’s (shocker!) drama ahead for the couple. “I’m excited about that because I love those two and I want to see them get some good story and stuff to play,” she said. “Justin to me is an ace of diamonds. I love him so much. He’s so talented. He’s like a young Brando — he has everything and is so amazing. But I don’t know [about a romance with Meredith and Alex]; we’ll see.”

As for Luddington, she still has high hopes for Alex and Jo’s long-term romantic future together — despite two unsuccessful marriage proposals.

“She is crazy about him and in love with him,” Luddington says. “There’s always been a part of her that hopes to re-create what she never had — a safe home life and family — and I do think she dreams about doing that with Alex, but it’s super complicated and there are a lot of things that are preventing that from happening.”

 

This is basically just a transcript of Camilla Luddington’s Cosmopolitan interview that was posted in this update. Below are the parts where Justin is specifically mentioned.

Grey’s Anatomy Star Camilla Luddington Is Dying for Jo and Alex to Get Married and Have Babies

Is Jo ever going to say “yes” to Alex’s proposal?
I have been approved by ABC to say that “questions will be answered.” Whether it’s the question, who knows, but things will be revealed. Do you know what? When Justin and I rehearsed, because he’s proposed twice now, I always say “yes.” I always screw up the take and I’m like, “Yes!” And they’re like, “No.” ‘Cause he’s just so cute. How can you not say “yes” to Justin Chambers?

I’m just going to say, even though our readers will hate this, I want Meredith and Alex to be together.
[Gasps.] Get out! I mean, obviously I’m Team Jo. I think it’s nice that [Alex and Meredith] have a brother-sister relationship. Because you don’t see many relationships on TV that are just platonic. And Justin and Ellen [Pompeo, who plays Meredith] are like that in real life. They’re like family, so their chemistry works in that way. I feel like it would be incestuous if they got together. I can’t even picture them making out.

What’s Justin Chambers like in real life, because he’s a mystery?
Justin is absolutely hysterical … I don’t think he realizes he’s being funny half the time.

Is he very dad-like? ‘Cause he has, like, five kids.
No. I almost feel like he’s got a Johnny Depp vibe. Super cool. Like, [he] will come to the table read, and he’s in his hat and his cool sunglasses. If I did that, I would probably look douchey, but he can pull it off. He just makes everything look cool.

 

Justin’s friend, Kelley Sane, uploaded this photo to his Instagram account on Wednesday (May 11) where he’s with Justin and a few other friends at the famous Sheats-Goldstein Residence (Los Angeles) for some tennis.


A photo posted by kelley (@kelleysane) on



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Check out Justin’s Grey’s Anatomy co-star Camilla Luddington’s interview on Access Hollywood Live. She talks about Jo and Alex’s relationship, the season finale, and see why host Billy Bush calls Justin a “silent assassin.” LOL

 
The contracts of the original cast of Grey’s (including Justin) that were signed in 2014 are up at the end of this season. This Entertainment Weekly article doesn’t really give any new information about the status of the contract renegotiations, but I thought some people might be interested in reading about how well the show is doing in its 12th season. A small excerpt is below, and the full article can be read at the link.

Grey’s Anatomy stars are seeking raises again

How’s this for timing: Just as Grey’s Anatomy prepares to wrap its 12th season as ABC’s No. 1 drama, contracts for several of the show’s stars, including Ellen Pompeo, are set to expire in June.

The Shondaland crown jewel is not only besting its younger siblings Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder in the ratings, it’s also the second-most-popular drama on broadcast TV among women 18–34 (behind Fox hit Empire). That has to be great news for agents representing Pompeo (Meredith), Chandra Wilson (Bailey), Sara Ramirez (Callie), Kevin McKidd (Owen), Justin Chambers (Alex) and James Pickens, Jr. (Richard), all of whom will likely use the show’s stellar performance to push for higher salaries.

(…) If you combine the drama’s ratings with how well it does on platforms like video on demand and online viewing, Grey’s is actually up 6 percent this season versus last among adults 18–49 and has seen an increase of 11 percent among women 18–34.



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Five different topics in this update because I didn’t want to make five different updates (a couple of things I forgot to post in previous updates, so now they’re here. Oops).

ABC announced the season finale dates for its primetime shows, and the Grey’s Anatomy season finale will be on May 19th from 8:00-9:00 p.m.

 
The Grey’s Anatomy Tough Mudder Fundraiser for My Friend’s Place is still going on.
In a nutshell, several cast and crew members from Grey’s will participate in Tough Mudder to raise funds for the aforementioned organization that helps homeless youth. Every little bit helps and you can also win a visit to the set of Grey’s or a lunch with Giacomo Gianniotti (Dr. Andrew DeLuca) and other cast members.

Justin will not be doing Tough Mudder, but he has supported the cause by making a donation and also with the tweet below. To learn more about it and to make a donation, click on the CrowdRise link in the tweet.

 
TV Insider made a list of The 21 Hottest Couples on TV Right Now and Alex and Jo made the list. Check out what they said about them:

Alex and Jo (Grey’s Anatomy)
The mentor-intern relationship may seem like a cliché, but Alex (Justin Chambers) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) are undeniably meant to be. They both share similar hard-knock childhoods and career ambitions and are deeply committed to Seattle Grace patients. Jo’s relationship with the jealous Jason (Charles Michael Davis) ended in physical violence, but Alex’s protective nature kicked in. Hospital rules almost stopped him from being a couple, but Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) support meant they could continue being together.

 
Sarah Drew posted this selfie with Justin from the set of Grey’s last Thursday (March 31) when they were filming a scene for episode 12.22.


Love this guy! @officialjustinchambers

A photo posted by Sarah Drew (@thesarahdrewgreys) on

 
A fan whose teacher is Justin’s cousin received this video message. I’m not jealous… not at all. 😉


If you made it this far into the update, thanks for hanging in there. LOL



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Actress Taylor Blackwell, (she played Alex’s patient, Kelsey,that had the transplant in this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy) gave an interview recently and mentioned Justin.

Young Actress Takes on the Role of Her Dreams

After being accepted to play the role on Grey’s Anatomy, Blackwell was able to begin working. She was able to interact with professions that had filming down to a science, and many stores were shared through experience.

“One of my favorite things about being an actress is the people you meet, and that was definitely one of the coolest things about being on the Grey’s Anatomy set,” Blackwell said. “I had a really nice conversation with Justin Chambers who plays Dr. Alex Karev about storytelling and career choices.”

 
The screencaptures from Grey’s episode “I Am Not Waiting Anymore” have been added to the gallery.

Screencaps > 12.15 – I Am Not Waiting Anymore
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Next Thursday’s episode is titled “When It Hurts So Bad.” Below is the synopsis and the promo for the episode. A sneak peek from a scene between Maggie & Andrew can be seen here.

“When It Hurts So Bad” – Meredith takes a step forward with Will but quickly regrets it; Maggie senses a disconnection with Andrew; and Amelia reevaluates her relationship with Owen. Meanwhile, Catherine comes into town and really shakes things up with April and Jackson, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, MARCH 31 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network.



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