Grey’s Anatomy, which has been successfully reinvented multiple times through numerous cast changes, enters another season of transformation, with star Ellen Pompeo reducing her screen presence to eight episodes and adding five new cast members, Harry Shum Jr., Adelaide Kane, Alexis Floyd, Niko Terho, and Midori Francis.
ABC’s hit medical drama has released the first video introducing the new characters, all first-year residents, and taking a look at some of the newcomers. Dynamics with Gray Sloan being ordered to dismantle and rebuild his teaching program in the season 18 finale. Interns are referred to as “diamonds in the rough” who may not have been accepted elsewhere but were given a chance at Gray Sloan.
Meet the new Interns
Each new cast member provides a brief description of their character, illustrated with an excerpt from a scene in which they appear. Derek, one of the new residents (Kane), also (possibly accidentally) sleeps with an assistant, Link (Chris Carmack).
Big goes under in the season 18 finale All the other series regulars from season 18 who made it to the finale are back and we see them in the video, with Chandra Wilson’s Bailey, Kevin McKidd’s Owen, and Kim Raver’s Teddy all involved in potential cliffhangers that ended his career in the end, particularly in street clothes.
New to the cast is Niko Terho, who starred alongside Grey’s Jake Borelli in Freeform’s 2020 film The Thing About Harry as Lucas Adams, a resident determined to prove himself as a surgeon (much like many in his family who have done this come before him); Adelaide Kane (Reign) as Jules Millin, a resident raised by drug-addicted artists/hippies “who somehow turned out to be the only real adult in the family”; Midori Francis (Sex Lives of College Girls) as Mika Yasuda, a middle child of with eight siblings who are used to being ignored and underestimated (and uses that to her advantage); Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) as Daniel “Blue” Kwan, a quick-witted, impatient and brilliant resident who is “naturally generous but extremely competitive”; and Alexis Floyd (Inventing Anna) as Simone Griffin, a bright, high-performing young woman who grew up in Seattle “but never wanted to work at Gray Sloan because of a painful personal history with the hospital.
Among Vets Coming Back for Season 19 are OGs Chandra Wilson (Bailey) and James Pickens, Jr. (Richard), Kevin McKidd and Kim Raver, whose Owen and Teddy season 18 are on the run from the law with their children, newly married on-screen Kelly, McCreary (Maggie) and Anthony Hill (Winston); Catherine Scorsone (Amelia); Camila Luddington (Jo); Chris Carmack (Link); and Jake Borelli, whose Schmitt faced an uncertain future when Gray Sloan’s residency program ended.
Meanwhile, Scott Speedman, who plays Meredith’s partner Nick, switched from a series regular to a recurring series for Season 19. “A second chance is a big theme this season for both the interns and many of the characters you already know and love,” says Floyd.
ABC’s long-running medical drama focuses on the lives of residents, interns, and treating physicians as they balance their professional and personal lives and navigate complex personal relationships. The show’s title is a reference to Grey’s Anatomy, a classic medical and anatomy textbook written by Henry Gray and published in London in 1858.