For Benson “Blue” Kwan, Gray Sloan’s surgical residency program is a “game of life or death”, says Harry Shum Jr. (above), who plays the sometimes charming, often arrogant trainee.
“He is someone who likes a challenge, but at the same time, when that challenge is not that he is number 1, for him internally, it means that other trainees can destroy his chances of advancing. In his eyes, adds Shum, the biggest threat is between Lucas [Niko Terho] and Mikhail [Midori Francis]. In this episode, we’ll see if he changes his mind.
Until a tragic setback — which will be revealed on the November 10 episode of Grey’s Anatomy — Blue led an enchanted life, marked by the blue ribbons he won in academy and athletics (hence his nickname). Since then, he notes, “he’s put all relationships aside and would do whatever it takes to get back on top.” Like his earlier lie to make sure he got into a big deal “so he can at least be considered a No. 1.”
A decade older than his rivals, Blue shows superb skill when a thunderstorm fills the trauma center with burn patients in the episode. Their suffering pushes him to share his own pain with Jules Millin (Adelaide Kane), the intern he casually slept with after their vigorous sex education presentation. “Blue is definitely a flirt, but he gets a lot closer to her than he probably would have thought,” the actor says. Among his revelations: what happened between college and medical school that brought his world crashing down. Shum teases: “Once the emotions are out, it turns into a puddle. That’s how I interpret it. »
Shum, who first won fans with his role as sexy dancer Mike Chang on Joy, cemented its base as Shadow Hunters’ the powerful bisexual wizard Magnus Bane. He’s now part of Gray Sloan’s new group of interns, reminiscing about the venerable show’s early days when junior doctors played a central role in the medical drama. “It was so much fun talking to the genre of the OG cast,” the actor said. “Seeing us really brought back memories for them – and for me too. I watched Grey’s first season and it brings back that feeling that I remember loving when I first watched it.
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