Blaze anatomy

Fires and pas­sions be­gin to burn in a new FIRE­FIGHTER se­ries that shares a seat­tle home with a hit med­i­cal drama...

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NEW DRAMA Sta­tion 19 wednesday, Sky Liv­ing HD, 10pm

WHILE THE DOC­TORS in Grey’s Anatomy are busy sav­ing lives, their coun­ter­parts in the show’s new spin-off se­ries are do­ing the same – but risk­ing their own lives too.

Sta­tion 19, which begins on Sky Liv­ing this week, is set in a Seat­tle fire­house whose fire­fight­ers en­ter burn­ing build­ings and bat­tle blazes. Since the show is from Shonda Rhimes’s Shon­da­land Pro­duc­tions, ex­pect plenty of sex­ual sparks to be ig­nited along the way.

Rose­wood’s Jaina Lee Or­tiz stars as An­drea ‘Andy’ Her­rera, an ex­pe­ri­enced first re­spon­der at Sta­tion 19 where her fa­ther is cap­tain. In the first episode, she’s freaked out by a mar­riage pro­posal from fel­low fire­fighter Jack Gib­son

(Aquar­ius’ Grey Da­mon).

She also dis­cov­ers her dad has can­cer and is go­ing to step down as cap­tain and ap­point her would-be fi­ancé in his place. Andy re­acts to all of this by sleep­ing with lo­cal cop Ryan Tan­ner (Al­berto Frezza), who was her for­mer high school boyfriend.

‘For Andy it is all about work and be­ing suc­cess­ful, and be­ing good at her job,’ ex­plains

Or­tiz, 31. ‘But all of her re­la­tion­ships are, for lack of a bet­ter word, just aw­ful.’


Be­ing a ded­i­cated worka­holic with a messy pri­vate life al­lows Andy to fit right in with Shon­da­land’s other lead­ing ladies – Mered­ith Grey in Grey’s Anatomy, Olivia Pope in

Scan­dal and An­nalise Keat­ing in

How to Get Away with Mur­der. In­deed, Andy and Mered­ith bonded when some of the Sta­tion 19 char­ac­ters were in­tro­duced to view­ers in a re­cent episode of Grey’s. The oc­ca­sion al­lowed Ellen Pom­peo, who plays Mered­ith, to give Or­tiz some advice about be­ing the star of a ma­jor show.

‘The best thing I got from her is to take care of my­self,’ says Cal­i­for­nia-born Or­tiz. ‘The sched­ule of TV drama in­volves putting in 70 hours plus a week, so she ad­vised me to eat well, get rest and make sure that I’m pre­pared and ready to per­form at my best.’

Play­ing a fire­fighter means the phys­i­cal de­mands are even greater on Or­tiz, who took the can­di­date phys­i­cal abil­ity test which mea­sures an in­di­vid­ual’s abil­ity to meet the qual­i­fi­ca­tions of be­ing a fire­fighter.

‘It’s eight dif­fer­ent tasks one af­ter the other, start­ing off with a stair climb for three min­utes, where they put about 50 pounds of weight on you. It was very hard, but I wanted to see what fire­fight­ers go through. And I passed, which was great.’

The ac­tress also got to slide down a fire pole. ‘It’s not as much fun as it looks be­cause if you hold on too tight you can burn your palms,’ she says. ‘We did it in the first episode and had to do it about 20 times. I don’t think any fire sta­tions have the fire poles any­more be­cause it’s a haz­ard. But in Sta­tion 19 we def­i­nitely have one!’


Work­ing along­side Andy at Sta­tion 19 is Grey Anatomy’s anaes­thetist-turned-sur­gi­cal res­i­dent Ben War­ren (Ja­son Ge­orge) who has re­trained again – this time as a fire­fighter. He takes some teas­ing for be­ing the new guy, es­pe­cially as he can’t re­frain from talk­ing about the amaz­ing things he has seen and done as a sur­geon.

‘Ben does get hum­bled,’ ex­plains Ge­orge, 46. ‘He’s older than some of the oth­ers, but he’s also learn­ing. Ev­ery char­ac­ter in Sta­tion 19 is at a dif­fer­ent stage in their lives.’

Ben is mar­ried to Mi­randa Bai­ley, chief of surgery at Grey Sloan Memo­rial Hospi­tal and she, along with Mered­ith Grey, ap­pears in the first episode of Sta­tion 19. So will there be more cross­over episodes?

‘There is a lot of pos­si­bil­ity for cross pol­li­na­tion,’ says Or­tiz. ‘As fire­fight­ers, we do have to send peo­ple to a hospi­tal and Grey

Sloan Memo­rial is close by. We may bump into fa­mil­iar faces be­cause that’s what Shonda loves to do.’

‘I was ad­vised to eat well, get rest and make sure I’m ready to per­form at my best’





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