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					                                                                               Today Thursday ocTober 20, 2011      T6


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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
may@mediacorp.com.sg                                                                                                                                 (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
for five years!”                                in fact, it’s serious business, but at the           Catch Private Practice Season 5, available as   the differentiation between this show
     Ah, another one of those wonders of        end of the day, it’s also fun. What we do             early as 24 hours after its US telecast, any   and Grey’s (Anatomy). Grey’s is also a lot
television story-telling.                       is ridiculously fun,” said the former Law             time on demand through SingTel mio TV’s        of fun to watch, but I think that could be
     For Bratt, who had been a fan of the       & Order star.                                         Season Pass. Call 1610 or visit www.miotv.     seen as a pure soap opera, as opposed to
show, joining a close-knit ensemble cast             Still, just to make things clear, Walsh                 com.sg for more information.            this one.
                                                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                     its longevity?
                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                     as good.

				
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