I recently had the chance to speak with Kim Raver (Grey’s Anatomy), about her new lifetime movie, Bonds of Silence. I have enjoyed Raver since her days on Third Watch so speaking with her was a real treat.
She was gracious with her answers and even gave a few details about next season on Grey’s Anatomy. Jump ahead to check out the interview.
Did you get to meet Katy Hutchinson before or during filming?
Kim- Yes, she was very available. Katy was helpful and insightful. I found it difficult to tell the story in a different way to make it over months instead of the 4 or 5 years it actually took place. She’s a strong woman.
What drew you to this role?
I love doing new projects and I was looking for something compelling enough to give up my hiatus. I had never done a movie based on a real life event. Her resilience and ability to forgive was a key factor in my decision to take this role.
On the topic of Grey’s Anatomy, what will we be seeing for Teddy this season?
Things change quickly on Grey’s and the love triangle is over quite quickly. It was a great tool to introduce Teddy into the Seattle grace group, and it’ll be nice to see her have her own life and her own interests.
[Note from Me: I really like Teddy as a character as long as she’s not between Cristina and Owen! Other than that bring on more Teddy.]
Now for my questions!
Megan-From your days on Third Watch, to 24, to Grey’s Anatomy, you have played a lot of strong women over the years. Do you feel it’s important for women to be seen in such empowering roles?
Kim- I think it’s important for women to see all kinds of roles on television weak, strong, empowered, totally messed up I think we learn from all kinds of different characters. That said, I think it’s great for woman to see that rather than simply arm candy,or the girlfriend, you’re getting to see these complicated, strong, smart, successful, head of cardiothoracic surgery-type women. Sending a message to woman that you can be this, you don’t have to just be this. One of my favorite things about Grey’s is that Shonda has done something really that nobody else has done. She writes these multi-racial,cultural,financial, gender group of characters who are these incredible doctors and doesn’t explain it. She doesn’t explain a multiracial couple, a woman who is head of surgery, it is what it is and that’s a great example to see. That’s what we are, and what we should be.
Megan-What message do you hope this movie delivers,especially to teenagers and their parents?
I don’t really think of it that in that way, but I guess if they can learn about the danger of alcohol and drugs, and open communication between parents and teens about these things and anger. That a young kid’s life (he was only 17), was changed forever in one moment.
That’s all of my questions but let’s take a look at a few more questions from my colleagues.
How on board are you with her thinking at the end of this movie?
It’s gotten me to think of forgiveness in a different way. I admire her, and I think about forgiveness in a completely different way now. It’s interesting as an actress, to be going through it and trying to figure out her reasons for doing things. She was able to overcome her tragedy for the greater good.
***Possible Spoiler Alert***
What journey will Teddy be on this season and will it include the James Tupper who plays the grief counsellor?
-“You’re very smart” I’m glad you said it and not me, the journey “may” include the wonderful James Tupper. You know on Grey’s if they’re hot they’ll be some action happening.
What was the hardest part of playing this part?
Going into dark deep place when I didn’t feel like it. It was hard to be in that place when it was so beautiful up there [in British Columbia].
[Note from Me: It’s great that she loved it, it is beautiful here. I love my province and they actually filmed in Victoria, BC where I live. 😉 ]
That’s all for the interview with Kim Raver, she was a delight. I urge you to tune into Lifetime tonight at 9 pm to watch the move, Bond of Silence, which also stars Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Felicity).