Those who tuned into Grey’s Anatomy when it first aired in 2005 may remember the constant shenanigans of its junior doctors, which became a hallmark of the popular show. But after 12 seasons, those surgical interns have grown up, so do not expect them to be too preoccupied with getting frisky in a supplies closet.
Star Jesse Williams, who has played plastic surgeon Jackson Avery on the show since 2009, says: “You’ve seen a lot of characters go through 13 years of growth and they’re not kids anymore.”
This is why the new season, which debuts in Singapore on Friday at 9pm (Star World, Singtel TV Channel 301 and StarHub TV Channel 501), will tackle more grown-up problems such as “what is it like to be an adult with a marriage or divorce and kids who are growing up”.
“They’re not 20something interns making out in the closet. This year, we’ve really embraced the evolution of the characters,” the actor tells reporters in Los Angeles earlier this year.
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Williams, 35, confirms that this will also be true of Jackson and his ex-wife and colleague April Kepner, played by Sarah Drew, who joined the cast in 2009 too. “We are getting older and dealing with the divorce, while also having a lot of responsibility in the hospital,” he says.
Over the years, the long-running show has seen an expanding cast of players, thanks to a soap opera-esque string of deaths, estrangements and secret relatives coming out of the woodwork at the fictional Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital in Seattle.
But for Season 13, the series will refocus on two of the original characters, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) – the only two left of the group of five surgical interns from Season 1.
This was a welcome development for some of the older cast.
“There’s a lot of us on the show – there are multiple generations represented,” says Williams. “So we’re all behind that idea of returning a little bit to what made the show so great in…