SWOON-WORTHY SET VISIT WITH BORIS KODJOE FOR STATION 19 | #Station19 #ABCTVEvent Thursday 08 November, 2018

I was hosted and sponsored with an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to cover #Station19 #DisneysNutcrackerEvent. Thank you Disney for the opportunity! 

Station 19 is an American action-drama television series created by Stacy McKee for ABC. McKee, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Paris Barclay serve as executive producers on the series, which is the second spin-off to Grey’s Anatomy. Set in Seattle, the series focuses on the lives of the men and women at Seattle Fire Station 19. The series is produced by Shondaland and ABC Studios, with McKee serving as showrunner. On my press visit to LA covering Disney’s Nutcracker and the Four Realms events, we got an opportunity to visit the set and interview the cast of Station 19.

Jaina Lee Ortiz (“Andy Herrera”), Boris Kodjoe (“Captain Robert Sullivan”) and Executive Producer Stacy Mckee

We got to chat with  Executive Producer Stacy Mckee as well as actors Jaina Lee Ortiz (“Andy Herrera”) and Boris Kodjoe (“Captain Robert Sullivan”) before the set visit.

Boris Kodjoe (“Captain Robert Sullivan”)

Boris Kodjoe is the new fireman in town for the show Station 19. He is ecstatic to be apart of the second season of Station 19 and he shared more details on his thoughts on his new role.

Boris speaking on how he got added to the cast of Station 19

“Well I wanted to be a part of the show from the first episode as well. And unfortunately, that didn’t happen. So I had to wait patiently in the wings until it was possible and yeah, Code Black was canceled on a Friday and I think I met with Stacy on a Monday and it was pretty much done Monday night. I was ready to pounce. Shondaland is a universe that I wanted to be a part of ever since Shonda appeared on the horizon. And for some reason, it never worked out so that was a huge draw for me as well. And then meeting Stacy and Betsy just did the trick.”

Photo Credit: ABC Network

How he feels about working on the set and his comfort level with the show

“I love how great the writers are and to sort of put myself in the hands of someone like Stacy is an absolute pleasure and honor really, because you know that every single episode – and I had that experience once before but this really tops it – where you don’t think it can get any better and then you open a script and then the script is better than the script that you read before, and that’s always an amazing surprise and it’s so much fun to go to work because not only do you get to speak these words but also work with people like Jaina and people who have been so embracing of me. This is such a great atmosphere and to Stacy that speaks to what you bring to this universe because it starts at the top and then it sort of trickles down all the way to everybody else and I’ve been part of sets where it wasn’t the case where there was a lot of negativity and people just not happy to be there and this is just a pleasure to be a part of, every single day.”

Executive Producer Stacy Mckee

Stacy McKee has been a writer on “Grey’s Anatomy” since season 1 and wrote until season 13. She has now transitioned her crafts to “Station 19” to create the spin-off the beloved Grey’s Anatomy.

Speaking on how the concept of Station 19 came about

“It seems like a really natural sort of extension of the Grey’s universe because it still involves medicine and in the background of all the Grey’s episodes. [cont’d] But what if we got back in the ambulance and drove away with them and then started to see what their life was like? What if there was a fire station, 3 blocks down from this hospital that we’ve been seeing for 13 years and they have a whole life that’s been going on this whole time too.”

Jaina Lee Ortiz (“Andy Herrera”)

On how she took the firefighter test to prepare for this role

I mean before the show even started talking to her, I signed onto the show the second I heard Shonda Rhimes is doing a spin-off, I said yes, I don’t care what it is, just put me in. Luckily, I found out it was about firefighters, I went and met 2 female captains and I was like Oh my gosh, these ladies are bad-ass and they could do everything. They could be moms and work and still have a life and balance.

I actually came home and I said Mom, how much do you weigh?  And she was, I forgot what the weight was and I was like, I told her, you need to be at least 165 pounds so that I know, I can drag you out of a building because that was part of the test, dragging a dummy that was 165, and it’s hard, it’s really hard.

Station 19 Set Visit

Now I thought it was so cute Boris Kodjoe escorted us to the Station 19 set after the interview. Do you see how tall he is? That is 6’4 hovering over us! Check out some photos from the actual set visit!

Photo Credit: ABC Network

It was such an honor to visit the set and meet Jaina Lee Ortiz , Boris Kodjoe and Stacy Mckee to learn more about Station 19!

“Station 19” airs Thursdays at 9|8c on ABC, and is also available via streaming (ABC app/ABC.com/Hulu) and on demand.

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