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When E.R. Fightmaster landed the role of Dr. Kai Bartley on Greys Anatomy, the show first non-binary doctor in its 18-season run, they knew one person would be excited.
I was able to talk about the show with my mother and I know that it is the first time I had ever had a relationship with her and was very good at it. It was only through my mom, but since I did not do other things, so I felt very well and felt obligated to think, Oh, yeah, this is an institution.
Fightmaster's Kai joined the series through the Minnesota-set storyline, as Meredith and Amelia joined a research team that is working to cure Parkinsons in behalf of Dr. David Hamilton (Peter Gallagher), who is both funding the project and has the disease.
Fightmaster says it's been an easy set to move onto.
I have really felt that I'm getting to be a part of something special. And when I watch shows, I always hope that they have the dynamic that we are seeing, that there are closeness that is just watching the show. I can tell the audience that for Greys, that is real.
Here, Fightmaster talks to Variety about the role of the medical drama's first non-binary doctor, the potential blossoming romance with Kai and Amelia and the ways the research team could handle the challenges with Dr. Hamilton.
Why would you portray the first non-binary doctor on the show?
It's an honor. It is really exciting for me. I see a lot of the entertainment world through my eyes as if I was ages, and I think about how much representation I saw on TV. And when I started to think of how incredibly young I am, I realized that I wasn't really able to represent people in different ways than the norm. Being unable to be very effective on screen, for whoever needs it, is truly rewarding.
What talk did you have with the writers, and what input did your mind take in crafting Kai?
I have got the character rewritten by the writer, but he has the ability to get what they want to say - if I don't have the rights to a person whose character I am interested in, and that it will not be able to do so without the help of the writers even despite the diversity and the importance of their diversity in the show, I will say that the Greys writers do not need nudgeting but rather rely on the same person of
Was it something you saw from the initial audition or something that became more clear when you got your first script?
I think that the character itself was non-binary in my memory. But the writers also do really well on this show because they create characters that aren't vague, but simple enough to infuse their personality into them. So when I read the script, it was very easy to see how I would behave if I were Kai, and how you would flirt a while. The only thing that was impossible is that I could do science.
How did it adjust to medical jargon?
I'm currently dealing with it, but I like to think that I am getting better at it.
What is the relationship between Amelia and Amelies history and their present romantic status?
I think that there is a very obvious flirtation here. It's not out of my personality to look at - if it is like sexy men who feel the same way.
Amelia tells Kai about her complicated relationship with Link (Chris Carmack) and her child. Does any of those ties outside give Kai pause?
I think Kai is a very grounded person. And I don't think that someone with ties to the past would get in their way.
I think that the plotline is very interesting, if Amelia is coming out of a heterosexual relationship and which was bound for marriage and had children involved, I would think it would be interesting to think about letting that character enjoy life after that, without judgment.
Whether it's with Amelia or someone else, what does it mean to you to portray Kai in a hypothetical love story?
I think it's really important for people to see themselves on-screen, but to do so with different cultures of human beings, whether it be being a scientist or fully in love. And it doesn't take lightly in any way that I get to be able to observe - but with that same principle that we can see ourselves in different places, and to find out what cis mean if it happens, its not very important to go for enlightened time.
What conversation did you have with Greg about your characters shared history?
As an actor, it was a pain in the savageness of pretending not to like Tom as he was incredible, and, in between the scenes, the result was that if i lived in hollywood, I acted so hard that I was never able to do. And as the star of the night, remarking that not like this man was the hardest thing I had ever done.
Looking ahead, what can you preview the team's dynamic as they try to find a cure for Parkinsons?
The smallest part of the story is that room is really interesting. It is so fun as a actor, and even if you look at the four of them find their groove and find whose ways they interact naturally. And I think that the whole atmosphere is very exciting and fun for me. That room, each with Peter and Ellen are special with the room so much that I feel like he is going to get back into the theater.
What will be the biggest challenge for them as they navigate the natural ups and downs of research?
I think that the biggest hurdle here is Dr. Hamilton's insane ego. We try to fix Parkinsons for him, but also through his funding, creating a really interesting dynamic. And it is interesting to see how it plays, when someone is personally funding something, how involved they are and how strategic you should be when you are both being paid, and you're trying to achieve the same goal that they've.
As his disease progresses, how will that impact the urgency and the potential limitations of the team to assist?
I hope that people who watch the show that have loved ones who are affected by Parkinsons feel that they are working with respect and care as much as it deserves.
Greys Anatomy is airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.