One Artist, Mul­ti­ple Tal­ents

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DA­MAN chats with multi-tal­ented Amer­i­can ac­tor Grey Da­mon about hit TV se­ries “Sta­tion 19,” the show’s upcoming new sea­son and more Pho­tog­ra­phy Jalen Turner

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Like many of his peers, Grey Da­mon’s act­ing ca­reer started with a stage pro­duc­tion, then slowly but surely built up with mi­nor roles in var­i­ous TV shows and movies. His first TV ap­pear­ance was in 2009, in an episode of The CW’s “90210.” Then came mi­nor roles in se­ries like “Greek” and “10 Things I Hate About You” as well as a re­cur­ring role in the third sea­son of “True Blood.” Da­mon’s break­out role came in 2010 as he landed a lead role in the fifth and fi­nal sea­son of “Fri­day Night Lights.” Other ma­jor roles would soon fol­low, in­clud­ing in “The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” “Twisted,” “Star-Crossed” and “Aquarius.” He also added a num­ber of big screen roles to his fil­mog­ra­phy, ap­pear­ing in the 2013 Amer­i­can re­make of “Old­boy” and “Percy Jack­son: Sea of Mon­sters.”

To­day, the mul­ti­tal­ented ac­tor—who has quite a few other artis­tic en­deav­ors out­side of act­ing—is pri­mar­ily known for be­ing part of “Sta­tion 19,” the mas­sively suc­cess­ful spinoff of “Grey’s Anatomy,” where he plays the pas­sion­ate and en­er­getic Jack Gib­son. To top that off, he also has a cou­ple of movies in the works. Be­tween his two upcoming big screen ap­pear­ances and the sec­ond sea­son of “Sta­tion 19,” we’ll def­i­nitely see more of Grey Da­mon in the months to come.

DA­MAN: First of all, thank you for mak­ing the time for this in­ter­view. How are you do­ing? Grey Da­mon: Do­ing well, thanks for ask­ing.

DA: So, “Sta­tion 19” is about to come back to TV. How ex­cited are you for the show’s sec­ond sea­son? GD: Pretty ex­cited. I think we’ve got a lot of re­ally ex­cit­ing stuff com­ing up.

DA: Now, sea­son one ended with a huge cliffhanger— es­pe­cially for your char­ac­ter. Can you give us some spoil­er­free in­sight into how the upcoming sec­ond sea­son will move for­ward?

GD: Mainly from what I un­der­stand is that we’ll see some back­grounds of some of the char­ac­ters. And Ben and Bai­ley’s re­la­tion­ship will be put to the test as Ben en­coun­ters more dan­gers on the job.

DA: Sea­son one of “Sta­tion 19” was well re­ceived and was named Best Prime­time Pro­gram—Drama at the Ima­gen Awards. How do you think sea­son two will top this?

GD: Well, I can say al­ready that from what I’ve read, every­thing’s more chal­leng­ing for the char­ac­ters. We have a new char­ac­ter, Sul­li­van, who makes all their lives a bit harder.

DA: On a more per­sonal note, what is the best thing about be­ing part of “Sta­tion 19”?

GD: I’d say that we get to play fire­fight­ers. I don’t think any­body doesn’t have a strong ap­pre­ci­a­tion for these folks that run into burn­ing build­ings. And the crew and cast are amaz­ing. We all take care of each other and treat each other with re­spect. It’s nice to be on a set like that be­cause it doesn’t al­ways work out that way.

DA: Look­ing back to the start of the show, what was it that you found most sur­pris­ing about the life of fire­fight­ers?

GD: How hum­ble they are. How they don’t see them­selves as he­roes. And also their abil­ity to push through even the tough­est of ob­sta­cles.

“THE CREW AND CAST ARE AMAZ­ING. WE ALL TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER AND TREAT EACH OTHER WITH RE­SPECT. IT’S NICE TO BE ON A SET LIKE THAT BE­CAUSE IT DOESN’T AL­WAYS WORK OUT THAT WAY”

DA: By the way, speak­ing of new sea­sons of TV shows, sea­son five of “The Flash” will also start air­ing this Oc­to­ber. Any chance of us see­ing you reprise your role as Sam Scud­der aka Mirror Mas­ter in this show or any other shows in the Ar­row verse? GD: I hope so! But that’s re­ally up to the writ­ers and where they want those sto­ries to go.

DA: Play­ing a named char­ac­ter in a comic-based TV show or film is of­ten said to be a big mark on an ac­tor’s re­sume that can open many new op­por­tu­ni­ties. Has this been true in your case? GD: Maybe. I’d have to ask the folks that hire me.

DA: All in all, though, is this a genre that you’d like to ex­plore more of if the op­por­tu­nity arises? GD: Of course. It’s our mod­ern Greek mythology. Gods and mon­sters, if you will.

DA: Mov­ing to the big screen, you’re also set to ap­pear in “Ca­daver.” Can you give us a short in­tro about the movie and tell us a bit about the char­ac­ter you play here?

GD: It’s about a shamed cop who starts work­ing in a morgue. And strange things start to hap­pen when the body of a par­tic­u­lar girl is brought in. I play a cop and former lover of said shamed cop.

DA: Look­ing at your fil­mog­ra­phy, it’s ob­vi­ous that you’re no stranger to this genre as well. Do you per­son­ally en­joy watch­ing hor­ror films, though? GD: I do! When they’re good. Which is rare. That’s true for any genre, I think. But yes, I have an affin­ity for the darker films.

DA: was there any­thing par­tic­u­larly mem­o­rable or re­mark­able from your time film­ing “Ca­daver”? GD: Great ef­fects. Hard work­ing cast and crew. Solid script.

DA: Do you have any other ti­tles that you’re cur­rently work­ing on? Or per­haps planned for the near fu­ture? GD: None that I can men­tion.

DA: How about plans for the not-so-near fu­ture? what are your long-term ca­reer goals? GD: I think that work­ing on my­self will bring about what­ever I need in the fu­ture. I don’t map things out too much. I like the ride, not too con­cerned about the des­ti­na­tion.

DA: we’ve heard that when you’re not act­ing, you spend your time on “other artis­tic en­deav­ors in­clud­ing writ­ing, draw­ing, sculpt­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and mu­sic.” where does this artis­tic pas­sion come from? GD: I was ex­posed to it a lot as a child. Both of my par­ents are artists and I sup­pose it stuck with me.

DA: whether you’re work­ing, writ­ing, play­ing mu­sic or cap­tur­ing pho­tos, what usu­ally in­spires you? GD: Not just any one thing. Some­times good food. A paint­ing. A song. Friends and fam­ily.

“I THINK WORK­ING ON MY­SELF WILL BRING ABOUT WHAT­EVER I NEED IN THE FU­TURE. I DON’T MAP THINGS OUT TOO MUCH. I LIKE THE RIDE, NOT TOO CON­CERNED ABOUT THE DES­TI­NA­TION”

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