IT’S THE ‘NO WORRIES’ APPROACH
Ask Martin Henderson about his television failings and he stops you mid-sentence.
There was his first big break in a Shonda Rhimes medical drama, 2010’s Off The Map, which went off the boil in its first season; but also, as he corrects me, “there was also another (Rhimes) pilot, Inside The Box which sadly didn’t go the distance.”
He seems at ease owning up to the down moments in his career as much as he’s celebrating his latest triumph, playing Dr Nathan Riggs, in his third Rhimes drama and her biggest success story, Grey’s Anatomy. Just how did he get so comfortable with the slings and arrows of this business?
“The answer to that,” Henderson says, “is I don’t take it all seriously. Any of it. I’m so grateful to be a part of this show ... we want people to like what we do and it means a great deal, but I don’t let it affect how I feel about myself.
“S---, I started at 13 in television. When I was young, it was very dazzling and exciting and I experienced success early on in New Zealand (on another hospital drama, Shortland Street). Fame ... I got a taste of what that is and I think also, at a young age I got to see the pitfalls of investing in any of it.”
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