Today Thursday ocTober 20, 2011 T6
Spicing up the practice
Stud muffin Benjamin Bratt Kate, what do you think Benjamin
is the newest addition to brings to the show?
the cast of Private Practice Kate Walsh: Benjamin brings such a
totally different quality to the show.
May Seah in Los Angeles But I think in terms of the relationship
firstname.lastname@example.org (between Addison and Jake), I honestly
have no idea, except that he’s really good
You know how it is:You meet a tall, at what he does. He’s the best in his field,
dark and handsome stranger in the and that’s always compelling.
supermarket’s produce aisle; there’s an
instant attraction; he invites you to fly to Benjamin, what experiences
Fiji with him. have you had with people in the
No? That’s never happened to you? medical field?
Well, it’s never happened to me, either. I Benjamin Bratt: My mother is a retired
guess that’s the difference between life Registered Nurse. And one of her life-long
as you and me, and life as a character in dreams, and I remember this from back
Shonda Rhimes’ show. when I was in high school: “I would just
Dr Addison Montgomery will be love to hear one day as I’m walking down
picking up where she left off at the end Ryan Hall” — which is a hall at uC San
of last season’s Private Practice. She didn’t Francisco — “Dr Bratt to oR. Dr Bratt to
get on the plane — it was all too sudden oR.” So when I got the gig, that was one
for a self-respecting woman, really, and she of the first calls I made. I said, “Your wish
had to get the practice back in order — will come true.”
but the tall, dark and handsome stranger
in question was, of course, the yummy Did you ask her for advice?
Benjamin Bratt, who will be returning this Bratt: No. You know, I have essentially a
new season as a series regular, playing lifetime of her stories. But, look, whether
fertility specialist Dr Jake Reilly. The two it’s a medical environment, or a legal one,
meet again at the fertility clinic thanks to or a criminal investigation one, or a drug
Addison’s ticking biological clock. rehabilitation one, when you have life-
“It’s something that probably most Benjamin Bratt (left) joins Private Practice cast. and-death stakes in a TV drama, those
women go through at her age,” said Kate really are the most compelling to watch.
Walsh, who has been playing Addison for wasn’t the least bit intimidating. “It’s truly was firm about one thing: No, there will And that’s one thing that I think the
six years now. “In the first season, the exciting because you know that when not be a musical episode. And no, they will show will continue to explore. They’ll
very first episode, she has one egg left. I you come to work, you’re going to be “not be doing Private Practice On Ice”. explore ethical issues that don’t have a
guess it’s still miraculously been preserved dealing with professionals who get that, right or wrong answer. And I think that’s
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Walsh: And I do feel proud. I feel
like that’s one of the great things that
Private Practice does — it brings debates
and issues that are maybe socially and
culturally and medically sensitive into
the culture …
SHE SAID Private Practice got off to a shaky
start, yet here we are at Season 5.
What do you think accounts for
I think Walsh: I had no idea if it was going to
it’s gotten work or not. I think the first season it
was abbreviated because of the writers’
better and strike, and it was a new show, and it didn’t
better really know what it was. And sometimes
it takes a little longer than five episodes,
with each or six, to figure it out ... I think it’s gotten
season. better and better with each season, with
last year being its strongest season ever.
Kate Walsh And now, even just bringing Benjamin to
the party, it just keeps it interesting and
fresh. The writers are really kicking it out,
and the scripts so far this season are just