By Jessica Estrada | September 23, 2016 | People
Grey’s Anatomy star Jason George talks about tonight’s season premiere and where he went with his family during summer vacation.
Aside from the cozy fall fashion and all the pumpkin spice everything, the beginning of fall is especially exciting because all of our favorite shows are back on TV. We are particularly excited for the season 13 premiere tonight of ABC’s hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy (8 p.m.).
Ahead of the big night, we chatted with Jason George, who plays Dr. Ben Warren, about what we can expect from the new season, who he was most excited to see win at the Emmys, and his epic summer adventures.
What can we expect from this upcoming season?
Jason George: The premiere picks up right where we left off—with me saving a baby and a life, and getting a little bit of love and my street cred back. We [also] left off with Karev beating the heck out of DeLuca. So you’re picking up right there. It’s quintessential Grey’s—no rest, no foreplay. Right into the action.
Last season was tough for Ben with the suspension. How are things looking for his career?
JG: Well given that he didn’t kill April or her baby, they look better. I think Ben definitely starts to get some of his confidence and credibility back as a doctor, and that’s cool and fun to play. But, he’s still got to navigate the whole dance of how it works when you’re married to the chief. Ben’s got to figure out how to navigate that church and state thing that he and Bailey have going on.
How was your summer hiatus? Did you do anything fun?
JG: I took the kids and the family out to London. I took them to Stonehenge. Normally this time of year they don't let people into the inner circle, but I begged and pleaded and we managed to get in. It was really kind of a magical moment. It rained on us as soon as we walked into the inner circle, but we found out it didn't rain anywhere else. It was right around the time of the solstice so it was kind of spectacular. Then I surprised my wife for our anniversary. I took her to Wimbledon. We saw Serena Williams make history. We saw the Williams sisters win doubles, which was an amazing match, and saw Andy Murray give London their street cred back. We went to the Democratic National Convention. I was there with Tony Goldwyn and Shonda [Rhimes]. That was an amazing time.
How was Emmys week for you? Did you attend any parties?
JG: Yeah, I was at the Entertainment Weekly party. I was at the BAFTA tea party and the night before party, which is really kind of great just because they don't do cameras. It's just a celebration—a chance to hang out with your fellow performers. [After] running around all week prior to the Emmys, on the actual day I was lying on a floatie in my pool watching it on the flat screen.
Who were you most excited to see win at the Emmys?
JG: I was extremely happy to see Sterling K. Brown pull one down. I worked with Sterling years ago, and he’s a super nice guy and a hell of a talented actor.
We saw on your Instagram that the cast of Grey’s Anatomy played softball against the Scandal cast over the weekend. Tell us about that.
JG: There’s a league between all the shows. Cast and crews get out there. I don't mind getting dirty so I’m out there and we had a blast. Scandal got way out ahead of us but then we tightened it back up and actually got within two points of tying. Then [there was a] ridiculous technical call by the umpire because you’re not supposed to throw the bat after you hit. You’re supposed to gently lay it down. [That] caused our batter to be out even though he [was about to] knock out two runs to tie it up. So technically we lost the game. It’s going down next year. The rematch is on.