We’re learning a bit more about Harry Shum Jr’s character on Grey’s Anatomy.
As AsAmNews previously reported, the upcoming 19th season of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is set to welcome the Glee alum to its cast. According to People, Shum will portray the role of Benson “Blue” Kwan in the long-running medical drama.
In a press release, Shum’s character was described as a “sharp-witted, impatient, and brilliant first-year surgical resident at Grey Sloan.” It continued: “He’s generous by nature but competitive to a fault, naturally gifted, and used to winning at everything. A family crisis interfered with his career plans and now he’s got a lot to prove.”
Shum explains that Blue’s relationship with his mother is a catalyst to his personality and life trajectory. “He’s used to winning blue ribbons, and medals, and being number one until his mother died, and tragically. It just destroyed him and he hit a wall,” he said. “And so he’s a little later as an intern and coming into this, and has a hopeful life,” he continues.
This bit of background of Blue’s character explains how he is slightly older than the other first year medical residents, which according to E! News are played by Adelaide Kane, Alexis Floyd, Niko Terho and Midori Francis.
“All the interns have a hopeful life that they’ve crafted that we’re going to explore. I’m really excited to dive deeper into it because it just gives so much wealth to figure out who these people are and why they even decide to become doctors,” Shum said.
Shum expressed his excitement to be on the show, and he eagerly waits for the fans’ reaction to his character. “The writers are really crafting some really interesting and fresh takes, while also infusing in the storylines that I think people have grown to love or find some comfort in as well,” he said.
Season 19 of Grey’s Anatomy premieres Oct. 6 on ABC.
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