Ellen Pompeo says she invited Scott Speedman to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ because she knew he’d ‘send the female fans crazy’ – and he’s totally okay with that

Ellen Pompeo and Scott Speedman.ABC/Eric McCandless

  • Ellen Pompeo told Insider that she invited Scott Speedman to “Grey’s” to “drive female fans crazy.”

  • Speedman told Insider that the “Hollywood heartthrob” label bothered him, “but not anymore.”

  • He compared good chemistry with a co-star to “an athlete going into his own rhythm.”

Sparks are flying between Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) and Nick Marsh (Scott Speedman) on “Grey’s Anatomy” this season.

Pompeo told Insider during an interview to promote her company, Betr Remedies, in November 2021 that she invited her real-life friend Speedman to play her love interest because she knew he would also send sparks through the heart. fans.

Pompeo, who has played Meredith for 18 seasons and counts and is also the show’s co-executive producer, said she struggled to find a way to top all of the returning guest stars for season 17 when an idea came to him. .

Inviting Speedman to reprise his role as Nick was “the only thing I could think of that would really drive female fans crazy and be really super fun,” Pompeo said.

Speedman had only appeared in one episode of “Grey’s” in Season 14 before becoming a series regular in the current season, but it was a memorable guest spot for fans who immediately noticed the chemistry between Pompeo. and Speedman.

Speaking to Insider in a separate interview on Wednesday, Speedman laughed when he heard Pompeo’s logic in asking him to come back. He said that when he was younger he considered the “Hollywood heartthrob” label “a bit of a hindrance”, but “not anymore”.

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Speedman in season 14 of “Grey’s Anatomy”.Eric McCandless via Getty Images

“As you get older, you don’t take it as seriously, and you have a little more fun with it and you know it’s part of the job and it comes with the territory,” Speedman said. “You can kind of just forget about it, do your thing and have fun.”

As for this warmth that we feel between the two actors? They feel it too.

“I can tell when I really have electricity with someone. It’s pretty obvious to me,” Pompeo told Insider in November.

Speedman echoed that on Wednesday, “Chemistry is a real thing. Sometimes it’s because you trust each other and you understand that the other person is a good actor and you kind of have a connection in away from work.”

Asked to describe the feeling on set in particularly charged moments between Nick and Meredith, he compared it to “an athlete going into his own rhythm, playing a sport”.

“You just get out of your head and can fall into words a little easier and not be embarrassed,” he continued, noting that it’s an “easy” thing to do with Pompeo because she knows Meredith’s character “so good.”

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Speedman in “Grey’s Anatomy” season 18 episode 2.ABC

So what does Nick bring to Meredith’s life that she hasn’t been able to find since the death of her husband, Derek Shepherd, in season 11 of “Grey’s Anatomy”?

Speedman said Nick “allows” him to escape the humdrum of his life in Washington. “And, I think for the first time in a long time, she feels she can trust someone who is her equal,” he said.

As for what’s to come during the rest of Season 18 for the new couple, Speedman said, “I can’t give you any spoilers because I don’t have any,” but teased that the distance might start to put off. straining the new relationship as Nick is based in Minnesota and Meredith won’t take her kids away from Seattle.

“I think they both need to look in the mirror and think about what they want and where they’re going to be together or not,” he said. “So I think that will play into the latter part of the season.”

“Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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