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Grey’sA­natomy star Camilla’s Kiwi crush

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Kiwi hunk Martin Hen­der­son may have left Grey’s Anatomy, but his for­mer co-star Camilla Lud­ding­ton is call­ing for an­other New Zealand ac­tor to join the hit se­ries!

Woman’s Day sat down with the 34-year-old British beauty in San Diego to talk first-time mother­hood, Lara Croft, hos­pi­tal dra­mas and our hand­some ex­ports.

“We need an­other Kiwi,” Camilla laughs, hav­ing starred along­side sev­eral of our lads. “It’s in my

con­tract that I only work with New Zealan­ders! That was sad, him leav­ing. I love Martin. Ev­ery morn­ing, he would bring his cute dog Sammy into the make-up trailer and I’m such a dog per­son – it made my morn­ing.”

With Martin hav­ing left the show af­ter his char­ac­ter Nathan ro­manced lead­ing lady Mered­ith (played by Ellen E Pom­peo) last sea­son, Camilla’s C now call­ing for her for­mer f co-star Nico Ever­sSwindell S – cousin of Olympic row­ing sis­ters Caro­line and Georgina – to join the show.

“Nico’s amaz­ing,” gushes Camilla, who also worked along­side “so nice and lovely” lo­cal ac­tress Anna Paquin in

TrueBlood. “He just texted re­cently and he has kids now, so we check in on each other. He’s so sweet and I would love to work with him again. Maybe he could be on Grey’s – Nico, you’re up next!”

The pair por­trayed Prince Wil­liam and the Duchess of Cam­bridge in the 2011 tele­movie Wil­liam&Kate. Play­ing one of the most­watched cou­ples in the world, Camilla had a blast get­ting into princess mode, but her most re­gal me­mory was away from the set.

“We went to Lon­don for press and were so cheesy, rid­ing around on a horse and car­riage to­gether. It was one of my favourite press ex­pe­ri­ences ever be­cause it felt so fes­tive!”

A lot has changed since then, with Camilla ap­pear­ing in Cal­i­for­ni­ca­tion and True

Blood, be­fore be­com­ing a fan favourite on Grey’s as Dr Jo Wil­son. Pri­vately, she’s pre­par­ing to wed 13Rea­sons

Why ac­tor Matthew Alan, who is the baby daddy of her daugh­ter Hay­den, who was born last year.

Re­flect­ing on jug­gling work and mother­hood, Camilla says it has come with many chal­lenges yet it has also en­hanced her work. “It’s been eas­ier than I thought in one way and harder in an­other. There was a part of me that won­dered, ‘Am I ever go­ing to be OK leav­ing her?’ It’s good for her to grow up see­ing the bal­ance in my life and me do­ing some­thing I love, but at the same time, those long days film­ing are hard. I can’t imag­ine not be­ing a mum now.

“It’s made me a bet­ter ac­tress be­cause I feel more vul­ner­a­ble af­ter hav­ing a child. I have dif­fer­ent fears and goals, and it has opened a part of me that I didn’t know ex­isted, so there’s more to pull on. If I have to feel a cer­tain way, I now of­ten think, ‘What would I feel if Hay­den was go­ing through this?’”

Plus, she has plenty of par­ent­ing ad­vice on tap from co-star Ellen, who has three kids with hus­band Chris Ivery.

“It’s been great for me be­cause I saw ev­ery­one work­ing and be­ing mums for years be­fore I was, so any ques­tions I had even be­fore I was preg­nant, I would bounce off them and be like, ‘How do you do this? How do you travel?’

“We’re an ex­tremely sup­port­ive cast, al­ways en­cour­ag­ing other moth­ers, and one of the big­gest things I learned from ev­ery­body is that some­times you’ll be tired and that’s OK. Some­times you’ll screw up. To be able to for­give your­self is im­por­tant be­cause be­ing a par­ent is tough and you can be re­ally hard on your­self.”

It’s not just Grey’s keep­ing her busy – Camilla has been the face of gam­ing icon Lara Croft for sev­eral years. Once again, she pro­vides the voice, fa­cial ex­pres­sions and moves for the hero­ine in the lat­est game, Shad­owoftheTom­bRaider, which was re­leased in Septem­ber.

“It was a game my brother played when I was younger and I played too, but I’ll ad­mit I’m ter­ri­ble,” she laughs. “It’s more frus­trat­ing for me now be­cause I know where she needs to go and can’t get there!”

As for what’s in store in the cur­rent se­ries of on TVNZ 2, Camilla says writ­ers have dubbed com­ing episodes the “sea­son of love”.

“Jo and Alex are nav­i­gat­ing new­ly­wed life to­gether, so we’ll see how that af­fects their dy­namic as a cou­ple,” she teases. “There will also be crossovers with some char­ac­ters from Grey’s spin-off Sta­tion19.”

Camilla brings the good medicine as Jo in Grey’s Anatomy. Camilla and Matthew wel­comed daugh­ter Hay­den into their lives last year. “It’s opened a part of me I didn’t know ex­isted,” she says. Will it be a happy ever af­ter for Camilla and her TV hus­band Alex, played by Justin Cham­bers? She’s call­ing for an­other Kiwi to fill our Martin’s shoes. Above: Hav­ing a shot at royal life with Kiwi co-star Nico in Wil­liam&Kate.

The ac­tress brings Lara Croft to life for those game enough.

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