The Station 19 cast interviews were so much fun! Part of DisneysNutcrackerEvent was a set visit to ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy spin-off hit, Station 19. To our surprise, we were able to interview Showrunner and Executive Producer Stacy McKee who wrote for “Grey’s Anatomy” for 13 seasons before she decided to create Station 19. We also chatted with Boris Kodjoe (“Captain Robert Sullivan”) and Jaina Lee Ortiz (“Andy Herrera”).
Station 19 Cast Interviews
A comfortable atmosphere
Don’t let the photo below fool you, these actors may look serious, but soon enough they revealed their playful sides to us. You can tell this cast enjoys what they do and love each other’s company. First responders spend so much time with each other they are basically family. The same can be said for the Station 19 cast and crew who beam with pride and excitement.
Kodjoe explains further, “It’s such a great atmosphere.”
He then turns to Stacy, “It speaks to what you bring to this universe because it starts at the top and then trickles down to everybody else. I’ve been part of sets where it wasn’t the case. Where there was a lot of negativity and people not happy to be there and this is a pleasure to be a part of, every single day.”
Representing real first responders
Some of the actors such as Ortiz, took and passed a real Firefighter’s exam. This season the entire cast took a 2-day boot camp to prepare for their roles. They wear the full turnout, which is 40 pounds of gear with a helmet.
In addition to real training for the role of first responders. McKee strives to tell authentic and real stories.
“When we’re talking to people – I always ask the tough questions, like what was your toughest call?” McKee says.
“What’s the one you’ve never been able to forget? What’s your most inspiring call? What’s the one you can’t forget for an amazing reason? All of these things are inspired by stories that we’ve been told and the scenarios that we’ve been told and it’s really fascinating. We really want to try and honor the people that we’re representing.”
Station 19 Set Visit
How Station 19 is filmed
After our interview, we took a tour of the Station 19 set. McKee revealed earlier that the interior of Station 19 is all shot on stages. The exterior is all shot on location in Seattle. As for the incidents with the fires and stuff, it’s a combination of both with real and computer-generated fires.
Behind the Scenes look at Station 19
Walking through the different sets was too much fun. Do you recognize the kitchen and boathouse? I will never be able to watch the show the same again. The way I point out every like detail to my husband has to be crazy, but I can’t help it.
I wouldn’t mind having a kitchen like this.
The magic of blue screens is amazing. They create spectacular views in the background of set shots.
Walking through the different stages, we ran into other cast members that were busy at work but not too busy to say, “Hello!”
Thank you Station 19 for a wonderful afternoon filled with television making magic and a few giggles along the way.
About Station 19 TV series
Watch Captain Sullivan and the gang on ABC’s Station 19. It is a shift to see playful and fun Kodjoe playing a very strict and serious character. You will have to watch to find out why he has such a hard shell.
This week’s episode is “Last Day on Earth”. Here’s the scoop:
“Last Day On Earth” – Just when Ryan agrees to talk it out with his dad, Greg Tanner makes an unexpected visit to Station 19, leaving Ryan and others confused. In an effort to connect with his crew, Captain Sullivan enlists the help of an unlikely source for some bonding tips on ABC’s “Station 19,” THURSDAY, NOV. 8 (9:01–10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.