'Grey's Anatomy' ropes in 'How I Met Your Mother' star Josh Radnor to play Ellen Pompeo's love interest
This should be exciting news for fans of Grey's as well, since now the series is actively exploring its lead character's dating life this season.
Dr Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) is getting ready to go on a date in the next episode. While seeing Meredith all dressed up to work the doctors get curious as to this sudden change in appearance. Everyone has something to offer, one thinks she's dressed for a funeral, another feels she's looking weird and suddenly it strikes them - she's dressed to go out on a date! Then Meredith coyly admits she hasn't even met the person she's going out with and that it's a blind date.
And knowing that there is going to be some change to Meredith's love life, fans too will be curious to know more about the blind date. Well, as People magazine exclusively confirms, the blind date she going on with is none other than 'How I Met Your Mother' star Josh Radnor.
The magazine also confirms that he will be around for more than just one episode. Radnor aka Ted Mosby from HIMYM is one of the leads from the CBS' popular series. He was most recently seen in NBC's 'Rise' which unfortunately got axed after its first season. This casting should be exciting news for fans of Grey's as well since now the series is actively exploring its lead character's dating life this season after she comes out of the curveball that life threw her with her husband Derek Shepherd's death in 2015.
Pompeo, who plays the lead, had shared with Entertainment Weekly how life has been for Meredith after Derek's death. She said: "Patrick Dempsey is a very tough act to follow, and it's challenging to get someone to come on a season 15 show. We're gonna find someone who makes an impact. That's our biggest challenge this year." True to that Grey's showrunner Krista Vernoff has been quoted as saying: "There are possibilities all around her in the hospital and in Seattle at large. Dating is complicated, and you don't always fall for the first person you sit across from. We're trying to reflect some of that."
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This is however not the first time Grey's has tried to explore a love interest for Meredith. In the season 15 premiere, Grey's teased a hookup between Meredith and fellow doctor Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), only to tell us it was all just a dream. Gianniotti later on in an interview to ET teased fans saying: "Definitely in the premiere, you’re going to see it right out of the gate, which is basically what you saw in the trailer but it’s going to be a little longer, a little bit more detailed. I think we’re going to see something blossoming between them: A friendship? A friendship that could be more? ... We are definitely building some romance, but to what degree, I don’t know."
While we don't know if DeLuca's love boat will ever set sail for real, we are really excited to see how this blind date goes!
Thursday’s episode will be a two-hour crossover event between 'Grey’s Anatomy' and 'Station 19', and will air at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.