Spot­light on ac­tor Ja­son Ge­orge

The Grey’s Anatomy star is back on our screens – as a fire­fighter


NEW SE­RIES He’s best known for play­ing Dr Ben War­ren in Grey’s Anatomy. Now in Sta­tion 19 – a Grey’s spin-off also from cre­ator Shonda Rhimes – he reprises his role but swops his doc­tor’s scrubs for a fire­fighter’s uni­form.

The show fol­lows the crew of a Seat­tle fire sta­tion who bat­tle not only blazes but med­i­cal emer­gen­cies too. Af­ter six sea­sons in Grey’s, play­ing a doc­tor who be­comes a trainee fire­fighter was a wel­come change, he says. “I’m an ac­tion junkie and my char­ac­ter’s an ac­tion junkie, so I’m re­ally ex­cited about this.”

Ja­son (46) reck­ons view­ers will love the fast-paced na­ture of the show. “On Grey’s, the pa­tient changes but every­thing else is the ex­act same. Here ev­ery sit­u­a­tion is dif­fer­ent. Are we at a fire? Are we at a car ac­ci­dent? We flip it up.”

He stars along­side Rose­wood’s Jaina Lee Or­tiz, Fri­day Night Lights’ Grey Da­mon and Chan­dra Wil­son, who reprises her Grey’s role as his wife, Mi­randa Bai­ley. HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND While be­ing in good shape is im­por­tant for his job, his ex­er­cise rou­tine is about more than keep­ing fit, he says. “It’s not like the av­er­age lawyer or doc­tor is a phys­i­cal Ado­nis,” he says. “But it’s amaz­ing how many in­tel­li­gent, ob­sessed peo­ple are driven in their phys­i­cal reg­i­men as well.”

He ex­er­cises for at least an hour ev­ery day, usu­ally car­dio-based mus­cle-build­ing, and does weekly box­ing ses­sions and reg­u­lar trail runs. “Fit­ness helps me think bet­ter, feel bet­ter and move bet­ter.”

His home gym isn’t only kit­ted out with ex­er­cise equip­ment – there’s also a 79-inch TV. “It’s amaz­ing how long you can stay ac­tive when you’re watch­ing Cap­tain Amer­ica kick­ing the cr*p out of some­body.” FAM­ILY MAT­TERS He’s mar­ried to ac­claimed In­dian-Amer­i­can poet and writer Van­dana Khanna, whom he met at uni­ver­sity and mar­ried in 1999. They have nineyear-old twins, Nikhil and Jas­mine, and an older son, Arun.

Fam­ily is im­por­tant to him. His Twit­ter bio reads, “Dad who moon­lights as an ac­tor.”

Grow­ing up, he and his three broth­ers were raised by their sin­gle mom who worked as a teacher.

He cred­its his fam­ily with keep­ing him hum­ble. “My mother raised me right and I have very large broth­ers who aren’t afraid to put me in my place if I be­gin to get too big for my britches. And my kids com­pletely un­der­stand that I may be on a huge show or in a big movie, but most of the time they’re not ter­ri­bly im­pressed.”

By Ge­orge!

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