As Shondaland fans get excited for the return of their beloved “TGIT” lineup, Zap2it got to speak with”Grey’s Anatomy” new series regular Giacomo Gianniotti, who plays Dr. Andrew DeLuca on the long-running medical drama.
The heartthrob intern talks about his relationship with Maggie — and who else he will be getting close to on the show — and the experience working with babies on set. (Hint: they’re all fake.)
Zap2it: Did you watch ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ before auditioning?
Giacomo Gianniotti: I watched the earlier seasons when I was much younger, but then stopped watching because life gets carried away with itself. But then I really sort of dug-in [after getting the role.] Luckily, it’s all on Netflix.
Did you know who your love interest would be?
No. They really didn’t give me any information at all. They just said, “We want you to come in here and bring some choices and we will create something from that.” That’s what it’s been like since the beginning. I see what they write, what they’re planning, and take that and run with it. They see how I take their words and what I do with them and then slowly [we] develop this guy.
What’s next for Dr. Andrew DeLuca?
I think we’ve seen Maggie (Kelly McCreary) and Andrew have a pretty good time of it. I can tease that for them to keep their relationship alive at work. They are going to really struggle to keep it together.
What’s making it so difficult?
I think it’s just more circumstantial. Being at work and feeling the eyes of others … those insecurities that come with being judged for being in a relationship with someone at work. What is that person’s intentions? Are they just sleeping with them because he just want to get to the top or does he actually have feelings? Those things make it difficult to be together.
But everyone dates each other in that hospital.
Absolutely! But characters deal with that differently. Some characters are okay with it and others hate that they happen to fall in love with someone at work. Maybe they would’ve loved to fall in love with someone who’s not in their line of work.
How far ahead of time do you know what’s going to happen?
We have a table read every week. Before that, none of [the cast] has seen it. So, when we sit down at the table, [the script] is still warm from the printer. The next day, we’re shooting it.
What was it like coming in as the new guy?
It was super intimidating because it’s a massive cast. There’s so many people. But everyone was really welcoming. James Pickens [Jr.] is a great guy. He stood up and shook my hand and welcomed me to the show. I’ll never forget that. He was such a gentleman — so humble and gracious.
Other than Maggie, who else will you get close with?
This is me just speculating, but I seem to be leaning toward pediatrics and that’s what they do. So I’m expecting more scenes with both Jessica Capshaw and Justin Chamber’s characters.
So you’ll be working with a lot of babies on set?
No, they’re all fake babies. Hideous looking, terrifying, horror film-esque babies. They have little pumps in them which make it look like they’re breathing which adds to the creepiness. Yeah …
“Grey’s Anatomy” returns with new episodes on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.