The Betty Interview: Kevin McKidd
The Grey’s Anatomy star dishes with BettyConfidential about his onscreen love triangle, new movie Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and life as a dad.
On Grey’s Anatomy, Kevin McKidd plays the tough, war-torn Army surgeon, Dr. Owen Hunt, who has taken a liking to the uber-competitive and emotionally distant Cristina (Sandra Oh). But after 36 episodes and counting, the Scotland-born actor’s Dr. Hunt is starting to melt her cold heart with his declarations of love — and steamy hospital sex. Kevin, 36, who stars as Poseidon in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (which opens tomorrow), is equally passionate off-screen. It was love at first sight for the former Rome star and his wife, Jane. Two-and-a-half weeks after meeting, they got engaged, and five months later they were married. “You could say I’m intense, loyal and passionate, like Owen,” says Kevin. Just what we needed to hear! As if we didn’t have a big enough crush on him already.
Actors are sometimes seen as gods, but you actually got to play one in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. What was it like starring as Poseidon?
It’s unusual to be asked to play a god — that’s for sure. And it’s been a blast working with director Chris Columbus from beginning to end. I tried to make Poseidon a little more human. As a god, he’s not allowed to see his son, Percy, so I saw him as a divorced dad. I think that made the character a little more believable. I only have a small part in this one, but you’ll see much more of me in the next movie.
Did your kids, Joseph and Iona, influence you in wanting to do more family-friendly fare?
Yes, but it’s not like I’m only going to do family films from here on out. I just wanted my kids to be able to see at least one thing that Daddy’s been in. I’m usually in much more mature-themed movies.
What, they haven’t seen Trainspotting?
No, not yet! We went to the premiere of Percy last night and my son is a huge Percy Jackson fan — he’s read all five books — and he had an absolute ball. My daughter even said it was the best movie she had seen in her whole life. So that made me feel good.
Do they realize that their dad’s a big deal?
They enjoy the fact that I’m an actor and I get to wear silly costumes. For them, though, they really like to take trips to craft service and get free candy. They think it’s strange to go to weird places like North Africa to watch Daddy sit around in a dusty trailer.