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Minnesota native relishes role on "Grey's Anatomy"

By Erin Carlson

Associated Press

Move over, McDreamy: This doctor wants your ex, and he won't break her heart.

It's been more than a year since T.R. Knight swapped a stage career for a promising role on "Grey's Anatomy" as bumbling, puppy-eyed Dr. George O'Malley, one of a team of sexy, multicultural surgeons on the hit ABC series.

Knight's Everyman alter ego, George, is Seattle Grace Hospital's resident bleeding heart, wrestling with unrequited love for Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), who pines for Dr. Derrick "McDreamy" Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). The 32-year-old Minnesota native talked about his newfound success.

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Why do you think the show is so popular?

You have a really -- excluding myself -- fascinating group of actors who are all very different from each other, exceedingly different. You've got really good writing and I really like the point of view of our creator, Shonda (Rhimes). I like her politics, I like what she stands for and I like what she's trying to do with the show.

Tell us about that scene where you fantasized about showering with your female colleagues.

I love that. I think it was a great, great way to bring people into the show. But it also made sense because the last episode you left it, George was in bed with Izzie and Meredith. So he's got a lot of frustrations with that, and so his desires have to come out even subconsciously somewhere.

Was it fun to film?

Oh, it was a blast! You know, everyone's really covered up. No one's completely naked. You get body makeup and so someone's spreading body makeup on you. I think if you were an exhibitionist, you'd kind of be in hog heaven, but I'm not that person.

So why doesn't Meredith hook up with George already? Come on.

I don't know! That's a great question for Shonda Rhimes. It's very interesting, because it's getting to a point now where George really needs to stop being a watcher. He needs to be a doer.

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What's your favorite George moment?

I like the relationships that he has. I really like the relationship he has with Izzie. I think they have a really interesting kind of dynamic. It's just a blast working with Kate Heigl. The relationship that's developing with him and Bailey I think is very interesting. So I tend to look at it that way, instead of specific moments.

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